San Francisco, CA, June 24, 2021 – Volansi has been recognized as an Airwards winner for its partnership with Merck & Co., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and commitment to improving commercial deliveries of temperature-controlled vaccines in rural North Carolina.

Volansi is the leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) enabled commercial delivery services. Leveraging autonomous drone technology, Volansi is revolutionizing supply chains and delivering critical parts, essential supplies and life-saving medicines where it could otherwise face unpredictable delays.

This is the case in rural North Carolina where Volansi has partnered with Merck to deliver temperature-controlled vaccines to Vidant Healthplex-Wilson, a Vidant Health clinic. With 1.4 million people across 29 counties, eastern North Carolina’s vast, rural environment creates challenges for accessing healthcare and essential medicines. Temperature-sensitive vaccines present a unique problem due to the required temperature range that they must be stored in during transit. Exposure to temperatures outside of a vaccine’s designated range can result in reduced potency and other adverse effects. The VOLY 10 Series’ ability to operate without the limitations of infrastructure shortens the amount of time these vaccines and medications spend in transit and ensures they reach their destination within their designated temperature range.

In September 2020, Volansi completed its first successful delivery operation of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine doses for Merck – the first ever drone delivery of temperature-controlled vaccines within the U.S. This operation was the first part of a three-phase project to explore innovative delivery options to complement existing supply chain capabilities with the next phases aimed at expanding delivery operations in other remote locations.

All of this led to Airwards recognizing Volansi with the top award in the organization’s Operations – Delivery category for 2021. Airwards is the first awards platform of its kind to identify, recognize and champion groundbreaking, impactful and positive drone use cases globally.

“Volansi and Merck are addressing a critical need to provide better access to vaccines in rural North Carolina. By developing innovative ways to transport vaccines that require storage between 2-8°C, we have enabled on-demand, just-in-time delivery to healthcare providers when they need these supplies most,” said Hannan Parvizian, Volansi CEO and Co-founder.

A total of 26 Airwards judges contributed to creating the inaugural list of winners for 2021. Judges included industry experts from leading autonomous systems organizations and research institutions from around the world.

Airwards were presented in six categories – Technology, Operations, Support Services, Industry/Field, Giving Back and People’s Choice. Each category included several sub-categories, including Delivery, Airspace Management, Sensors and Payloads, Training and Certification, Public Safety and more.

“This mature operation uses drones to help people at times of great need,” Airwards judges said of Volansi’s cold-chain medication and vaccine delivery services. “The project is founded upon responsibility and safety and has demonstrated its use in multiple practice and regulatory environments. This innovative application shows how a multitude of existing technologies can be brought together to create a novel service that pushed the boundaries of existing regulations and operations.”

About Volansi
Volansi provides fast, on-demand, point-to-point aerial delivery services for time-critical shipments over long ranges. We build and operate long-range, heavy-payload drones for commercial, defense and humanitarian applications. Leveraging drone technology as a transportation method, we help our customers gain control of their supply chain by delivering critical equipment and aid where it otherwise faces unpredictable delays-helping to save time, money and lives. To learn more, visit volansi.com or follow us on Twitter @Volans_i.

Volansi’s autonomous drone delivery service recognized for innovation in Logistics and Transportation

San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2020 — Volansi, Inc., the leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), middle-mile drone delivery services, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list in the Logistics and Transportation category. Inc. created the Best in Business Awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference.

The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, and society as a whole.

Volansi is developing an innovative drone delivery service that positively impacts communities worldwide by eliminating middle-mile supply chain and mobility issues to provide access to vital goods, especially in hard to reach areas. This mission was recently put into action when Volansi and Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, launched a commercial healthcare drone delivery program in North Carolina. The largely rural, eastern region of North Carolina is home to 1.4 million people, with many residents living many miles from the nearest pharmacy or clinic. For those suffering from diseases or chronic conditions, having a supply chain that works for them isn’t just about convenience – it’s a matter of life or death.

As part of the on-going project, in September, Volansi completed the first successful drone delivery of temperature-controlled vaccines within the U.S. and is now conducting routine, autonomous delivery flights daily.

“Volansi is on a mission to positively impact society by rewriting the rules of supply chain logistics- or how things move from one place to another- using high-speed, long-range autonomous drones,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “We are honored to be recognized by Inc. as a leader and innovator in logistics and transportation. As technology advances our industry by leaps and bounds, we believe that drone delivery will be the key solution for the future of getting critical supplies whenever and wherever they are needed.”

Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., says, “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for companies. Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty. That’s why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For Best in Business, companies have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black.”

Instead of relying on quantitative criteria linked to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in more than 30 different industries–health, software, retail, business services, logistics & transportation, and more.  Volansi was chosen for its role in advancing the possibilities for life-saving medicine and vaccination distribution across the U.S., and to the farthest reaches of the earth.

Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.

Volansi commended for its cutting edge unmanned aerial technology, capabilities, safety and standards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 18, 2020Volansi, Inc., the leader in autonomous VTOL UAV manufacturing and cargo delivery services, today announces it has received the Airmanship Special Award from the African Drone Forum for its outstanding participation and operational excellence in the Lake Kivu Challenge unmanned aerial vehicle flying competitions.

The Lake Kivu Challenge was part of the 2020 African Drone Forum held in Rwanda in February. A collaboration between the Government of Rwanda, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID/UKAID), and the World Bank Group, the Forum and Challenge aimed to showcase real-world use cases for autonomous drone delivery across Africa. The Challenge received more than 70 applications from drone companies headquartered in 35 countries, with the top ten finalists invited to put their drones and operators to the test through real-life scenarios at Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda.

“We see Airmanship as a multi-dimensional concept and a mindset that every member of our team strives to embody every day,” said Volansi CEO and Co-Founder, Hannan Parvizian. “We are honored to receive the Airmanship Award from the African Drone Forum organizers and see it as another validation of our ability to continue to transform the way critical goods are transported to the places they are needed most.”

As part of the flying competition, participants underwent rigorous scrutineering of their safety practices, training standards, maintenance procedures, risk mitigation, and concepts of operation. All areas that Volansi excels in.

“Our team was able to leverage the experience we have from our on-going, operational projects already occurring in Africa and elsewhere,” said Mike Jackson, Director of Flight Operations at Volansi and recently retired US Air Force Special Operations Colonel. “That ability to scale over and over is our differentiator. We have operational standards and procedures already in place, which is important for disciplined and professional aviation operations- especially ones that rely on automated flight.”

In addition to having experience within the region and award-winning operational practices, Volansi’s UAVs are uniquely suited to the complicated terrain of Africa due to the hybrid flight system employed in their design that combines electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with a fixed-wing, “pusher”-driven forward flight mode. This enables Volansi’s drones to complete complex, two-way missions with minimal to zero infrastructure needs. Because the drones fully land at the delivery point, they can deliver and return cargo such as samples for analysis and diagnosis, or parts for repair.

Moving forward, Volansi seeks to continue commercial and humanitarian projects in Africa, with the long-term vision of collaborating with local governments and communities to build the first interconnected delivery drone network within the continent.

This article was originally posted by UAS Weekly on November 14th, 2019

ARGUS International, Inc. proudly announced its awarding of the ARGUS Gold Unmanned Operator rating to Volansi, making the organization the first unmanned delivery operation to earn the prestigious aviation rating. The California-headquartered autonomous drone delivery solution serves the commercial, defense, and humanitarian sectors both within the United States and abroad.

KDE Direct’s world class equipment remains the top choice for industrial quality and performance. Volansi has recently been awarded the ARGUS Gold Unmanned Operator rating. The California-headquartered autonomous drone delivery solution serves the commercial, defense, and humanitarian sectors both within the United States and abroad. The ARGUS Unmanned Audit Standard was developed to provide unbiased, factual, data necessary to make informed decisions every time they use a service provider. The program assesses the safety of UAS operators and provides requirements for vendor qualification.

“We were drawn to ARGUS’s rating system because of their high standards for safety protocols and the accountability of third-party evaluation sets. It is a testament to the hard work of our team and the processes and procedures we have in place to receive this rating,” says Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volans-i. Volans-i has demonstrated their commitment to achieving the highest standards for safety of UAVs.

 

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This article was originally published by Frost & Sullivan by Lindsey Whitaker on June 28th, 2019.

Based on its recent analysis of the North American on-demand drone delivery market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes California-headquartered Volansi, Inc. with the 2019 North America Enabling Technology Leadership Award. Volansi provides delivery services via their autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) to customers in the commercial and defense industries.

The autonomous fixed-wing, multi-rotor drones travel faster, further, and more efficiently than many competing drones

Based on its recent analysis of the North American on-demand drone delivery market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes California-headquartered Volansi, Inc. with the 

2019 North America Enabling Technology Leadership Award. Volansi provides delivery services via their autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) to customers in the commercial and defense industries.

Volansi, a start-up founded in 2015, develops, manufactures, and operates its all-electric and hybrid drones, the VOLY C10, VOLY C-20, and VOLY C-50. The drone systems are unique due to their dual motor systems and heavy-payload, long distance capabilities- allowing payloads of 10 to 50 pounds to be carried over 50 to 650 miles, at speeds of 60 to 90 miles per hour. The drones take off and land vertically allowing for precision that is accurate within an inch of the targeted landing site, even on moving platforms, with minimal space or infrastructure needed.

The company serves domestic and global customers in industries such as construction, mining, defense, medical, and oil & gas. For these customers, Volans-i focuses on the middle mile- helping to get supplies where there are needed, when they are needed so that clients have the flexibility to have fewer spare parts on-site while still minimizing their downtime and operational expenditures.

Being safety minded, Volans-i equips its fully autonomous drones with redundant motor systems, navigation, and communication capabilities that allow the UAVs to maintain regulated flight paths and meet anticipated global aviation agency regulations regarding airspace use.

“Volansi’s VOLY C10 is an all-electric drone, under 55lbs when carrying its max payload, and is equipped with technology that enables it to travel beyond visual line-of-sight. The entire industry is waiting for regulation to open opportunity for drone delivery, but the VOLY C10 doesn’t need to wait. It can be flown today under the FAA’s Part 107 small UAS regulations,” said Michael Blades, Vice President at Frost & Sullivan. “Meanwhile, the VOLY C-20’s aerodynamic design, battery-powered electric VTOL motor, and combustion pusher engine, help it travel further, faster, and more efficiently. Notably, its UAVs’ batteries are easily changeable, can charge from any power source, and the combustion engine can run on any octane gasoline.”

Volansi’s R&D engineering team has a pragmatic, incremental approach to designing their UAVs making each model carry more payload across farther distances. Volansi’s short-term goal is to achieve a carrying capacity up to 200 pounds over a distance of 1,000 miles.

“Overall, Volansi’s revolutionary technologies and keen focus on customer value will ensure its consistent growth in the on-demand drone delivery market,” notes Blades. “I anticipate this technology will revolutionize the way companies think about their supply chain.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops a pioneering technology that enhances current products and enables new product and application development. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient’s technology.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Volansi, Inc.

Volansi provides on-demand, autonomous aerial delivery services for time-critical shipments. The company both builds and operates long-range, high-payload drones for commercial, defense, and humanitarian applications. By providing new alternatives to traditional logistics, Volansi enables our customers to better manage the middle mile of their supply chain, saving them millions of dollars in downtime and inventory costs. To learn more, visit www.flyvoly.com.

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