Matternet M2 Drone Delivery System First to Achieve FAA Type Certification
Type certification will allow Matternet to expand drone delivery operations in the United States and give the company a strong competitive advantage
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — matternet, developer of the world’s first urban drone delivery system, today announced that the Matternet M2 drone has been granted type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As the first non-military unmanned aircraft to achieve type certification in the United States, this gives Matternet a strong competitive advantage in the drone delivery market. The completion of the FAA’s rigorous four-year evaluation proves the safety and reliability of the M2 aircraft, a key step in scaling up commercial drone operations in the United States.
“We are incredibly proud that Matternet M2 has passed the very rigorous FAA safety standards and is the first drone delivery system to be type-certified in United States,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, founder and CEO of Matternet. “Drone delivery will revolutionize healthcare and e-commerce in the United States. We have been at the forefront of this revolution since launching operations in the United States in 2019 – now we are ready to scale. “
Over the past four years, a number of UAS, including the Matternet M2, have operated under Part 135, the FAA’s framework for pay-as-you-go air carrier operations, using an exemption during systems evaluation. With type certification, implementing new networks and obtaining 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 not just for Matternet, but for the UAS industry as a whole, as it signals a maturation of the industry and a move away from exemptions and waivers towards more standard regulation,” said Jim O’Sullivan, Vice President of Regulatory Strategy at Matternet. “Matternet would like to thank the FAA, as well as our advisors at End State Solutions.”
The evaluation process places stringent requirements on the design of the aircraft, how it is documented and how it is tested under a wide range of conditions and over thousands of flights. As a result, the M2 drone has been proven to be airworthy and eligible for commercial delivery operations in the United States.
Matternet is the leading developer of commercial drone delivery systems for urban and suburban environments. The company ships the Matternet M2 drone and Matternet software platform and leverages its technology directly for customers or in partnership with logistics organizations, such as UPS. In 2017, Matternet became the first company in the world to be licensed for commercial BVLOS operations of drone logistics networks over cities in Swiss. In 2019, Matternet and UPS partnered to launch drone delivery services in the United States and together launched the first paid drone delivery operations in the United States. In 2021, Matternet announced its first citywide drone delivery network in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Abu Dhabi. In 2022, Matternet M2 became the first drone delivery system to achieve type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States. To date, Matternet technology has enabled more than 20,000 commercial flights. For more information on Matternet, please visit: https://mttr.net.
SOURCE MATERNET, INC.