Matternet, developer of the world’s leading urban drone delivery system, today announced that the Matternet M2 drone has achieved Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As the first non-military unmanned aircraft to achieve Type Certification in the US, this gives Matternet a strong competitive advantage in the drone delivery market. The completion of the four-year rigorous evaluation by the FAA proves the safety and reliability of the M2 aircraft, a key step in scaling US commercial drone operations.
“We are incredibly proud that Matternet M2 has met the very rigorous safety
standards of the FAA and is the first drone delivery system to be Type
Certified in the United States,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, founder and CEO
of Matternet. “Drone delivery will revolutionize healthcare and e-commerce in
the US. We’ve been at the forefront of this revolution since launching US
operations in 2019 — we are now ready for scale.”
For the last four years, a select number of UAS, including the Matternet M2,
have been operating under Part 135, the FAA framework for revenue on-
demand air carrier operations, using an exemption while the systems are
evaluated. With a Type Certification, implementing new networks and getting
approvals will be a more streamlined and predictable regulatory process.
Additionally, air carrier operating licenses such as Part 135 on-demand
transportation can only use Type Certified aircraft.
“This is a victory for not only Matternet, but for the whole UAS industry as it
indicates a maturing of the industry and a shift away from exemptions and
waivers towards more standard regulation,” said Jim O’Sullivan, vice
president of regulatory strategy for Matternet. “Matternet would like to thank
the FAA, as well as our advisors at End State Solutions.
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