Matternet receives FAA approval for drone delivery system

15 September 2022
The M2 drone delivery system is the first to receive Type Certification from the FAA that will allow it to expand commercial operations in the U.S. Source: Matternet

Unmanned aircraft startup Matternet has received Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its M2 drone delivery system, the first non-military aircraft to achieve this accreditation.

The Type Certification will allow Matternet to scale its drone delivery in the U.S. for both healthcare and e-commerce operations. The certification, which took about four years for Matternet to achieve, provides safety and reliability standards for drone operations from the FAA and the M2 is the first delivery system to be Type Certified in the U.S.

Matternet had been operating under the Part 135 framework for on-demand air carrier operations using an exemption while systems were evaluated. With the Type Certification in place, new networks and getting approvals will be more streamlined and predictable, the company said.

"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’s plans are not just limited to the U.S. as it has been testing in Switzerland and other parts of Europe for the last few years.

In June, Matternet announced it would create what it calls the first European city-wide drone delivery network in Switzerland that would focus on healthcare logistics. Part of this network is acquiring the business activities from Swiss Post, which Matternet had been working with in the country for the past five years.

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