The strategic relationship seeks to expand Volansi and Quickstep’s reach into the global drone market.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, January 20, 2021 – Volansi, Inc., a leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) middle-mile drone delivery services and Quickstep Holdings Limited,, Australia’s largest independent aerospace advanced composites manufacturer, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Under this MoU, Volansi and Quickstep will engage with various regulatory, operational, and commercial stakeholders to promote Volansi drones to the commercial and defense services markets, most notably the Australian Department of Defence. Volansi and Quickstep will also continue discussions on the potential application of Quickstep’s proprietary aerospace manufacturing process, ‘AeroQure’, to manufacture Volansi drones.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Volansi,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “This MOU will allow us the opportunity to combine our depth of industry knowledge with Quickstep’s composite component expertise to grow our market presence in Australia as well as the Asia-Pacific region.”

As the leader in commercial deliveries using long-range, heavy-payload drones, Volansi provides delivery services for customers in commercial, defense and humanitarian sectors in emerging markets. Most recently, they were selected by the U.S. Air Force to participate in the $400 million Skyborg program, one of three U.S. Air Force Vanguard programs.

Mark Burgess, CEO of Quickstep said, “Expanding our presence in the unmanned sector is a key element of Quickstep’s growth strategy. We are excited by this opportunity to build our relationship with Volansi, who have already established credibility in the Advanced Air Mobility market with their mature platform range. This is aligned to our on-going expansion across the aerospace manufacturing and services markets and we look forward to bringing Volansi’s Aircraft to Australia soon.”

Volansi’s autonomous drone delivery service recognized for company of the year

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2020 – Volansi has been named a silver winner for Company of the Year by the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Volansi provides an innovative drone delivery service that provides access to vital goods, especially in hard to reach areas. The company’s drones eliminate middle-mile supply chain and mobility issues by taking parts, medical supplies, aid and critical equipment exactly where they needs to be. This year, Volansi launched a commercial healthcare drone delivery program in partnership with Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. 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.

“We are honored to be recognized by Best in Biz for Company of the Year,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “We’ve seen the world’s supply chain strained like never before from the impact of COVID-19 and there’s now an accelerated need for rapid advancements in supply chain technology, especially in healthcare. We believe drone delivery is the key solution to getting critical supplies where they are needed, at the moment they are needed most.”

2020 marked the 10th annual Best in Biz Awards and – with a continuing global pandemic – was also a year like no other in the program’s 10-year history. Despite the global challenges, the 10th annual program saw a particularly strong field of entries from public and private companies of all sizes and spanning all geographic regions and industries in the U.S. and Canada, ranging from some of the most recognizable and admired global brands to the most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies – proving North American business’ resilience and continuing innovation and growth despite the odds. The judges were impressed with this year’s winners’ agility and adaptability that allowed their businesses to thrive, their willingness to always go the extra mile to help their customers in these unusual times and particularly, many winners’ efforts to maintain their commitment to the environment and to prioritize helping others in their communities.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Combining top editors’ and reporters’ unparalleled expertise and experience with the objectivity inherent in the journalistic ethos and further enhanced by the variety of outlets represented, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely able to determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2020 judging panel included, among others, writers from Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, USA Today and Wired.

“2020 has been a year defined by a need for resilience and I’m amazed to see companies pushing past the obstacles to continue innovating, adapting, and thriving,” said Christopher Null, Wired, having judged seven of the last 10 Best in Biz Awards programs. “I’m so inspired by the companies that have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future.”

Best in Biz Awards 2020 honors were conferred in more than 90 different categories, including Company of the Year, Most Resilient Company, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Customer Service Department, Executive of the Year, Operations Executive, Most Innovative Product, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, App, CSR Program, Crisis Management Program, Marketing Program and Annual Report of the Year.

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.

Leading drone delivery service provider welcomes start-up veteran Mark Mesler to the leadership team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 10, 2020– Volansi, Inc., the leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) middle-mile drone delivery services, is pleased to announce its recent hire of Mark Mesler as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

A start-up veteran, Mesler has significant experience commercializing and scaling emerging technologies. Prior to joining Volansi, he served as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Bloom Energy, a position that saw him play an integral role in taking the company through several funding rounds and an eventual IPO. Mark also worked as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations at Aquest Systems and as Director of Finance at KLA-Tencor.

Autonomous delivery drones are well-positioned to be the transformational supply chain technology of our age, and Volansi simply has the best technology out there,” says Mesler. “I was also impressed by Volansi’s mission-driven, sustainably smart business model, and market approach.”

At Volansi, Mesler will spearhead the company’s financial and capital raising initiatives, as well as implement infrastructure to enable the company to strategically scale to meet its global market opportunities.

“Having recently raised $50 million in Series B financing, Volansi is set to take our mission of freeing the world from the limits of infrastructure to a whole new level,” says Hannan Parvizian, Co-Founder and CEO of Volansi. “The wealth of operations-centric experience and impressive track record for driving financial performance that Mark brings to the table will be essential to us achieving this mission.”

After years of working to transform the way global businesses procure their critical energy needs, Mesler is excited about the opportunity to transform the way businesses address their critical logistics requirements. “Whether it be delivering spare parts to remote industrial sites or life-saving medication during a disaster relief effort, Volansi is already proving the many benefits of delivery drones,” he adds. “I am thrilled to be a part of a company that is having such a positive impact on the world.”

 

Expansion will leverage the Bend area’s rich talent pool and aviation technology expertise to help scale drone delivery worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 16, 2020– Volansi, Inc., the leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) middle-mile drone delivery services, is pleased to announce the opening of a new facility in Oregon’s Bend area. The location will support the company’s expansion as it develops, produces, and tests its next generation of industry-defining delivery aircraft. The facility will also manufacture Volansi’s existing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or more commonly known as drones) in production.

“We have always applied a rapid, iterative approach more commonly used in robotics design or software development when innovating with our technology. With deep industrial roots, a rich talent pool, and mostly year-round good weather, the fast-growing Bend metro area was the obvious choice for co-locating the development, production, and testing of our aviation technology,” said Hannan Parvizian, Co-Founder and CEO of Volansi. “We look forward to joining the community and making the Bend area our second home.”

Volansi utilizes drone technology to provide delivery services to enterprise customers in the medical, oil & gas, mining, and defense industries. The company has on-going operations in Africa, the Caribbean, and the US.

Volansi develops, manufactures, and operates its own aircraft, including the first-of-their-kind VOLY C10 and VOLY M20 autonomous drones. The VOLY C10, the workhorse of Volansi’s UAV fleet, carries up to 10-pounds of cargo over 50 miles.

Notably, Volansi’s recently announced, on-going drone delivery project in North Carolina demonstrates the VOLY C10’s hybrid eVTOL fixed-wing flight system, making it one of the only drone delivery services capable of transporting fragile, temperature-controlled vaccines.

The VOLY M20 is a dual role aircraft with the ability to simultaneously carry up to 20-pounds of cargo, in addition to 10-pounds of sensor payloads. It has a 350-mile range, a cruising speed of 75 mph, and more than eight hours of endurance for sensor operations.

The expansion into the Bend area comes on the heels of the company raising $50 million in a Series B round of financing. This new funding allows Volansi to expand its team and facilities, launch new projects, and scale current initiatives in emerging markets and the US.

“Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest provide amazing access to great talent, a plethora of supply chain options, and an excellent operating environment,” said Mike Jackson Volansi, Vice President of Global Operations. “We feel the area is very well positioned to support both our growth potential and our pending production requirements.”

Volansi also has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Arizona.

  • Drone technology supports rapid and flexible delivery of temperature-sensitive medicines expanding access to medical care
  • Volansi’s drone system to enable the delivery of routine medicines from Merck manufacturing facility to patients at Vidant Healthplex-Wilson as the first phase of a project to learn about drone technology’s use in the healthcare supply chain

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct 20, 2020Volansi, Inc., the leader in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), middle-mile drone delivery services, announces it has begun a commercial healthcare drone delivery project in North Carolina.

In collaboration with Merck, known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada, Volansi is piloting the delivery of cold chain medicines from Merck’s Wilson, N.C. manufacturing site to Vidant Healthplex-Wilson, a Vidant Health clinic, as the first of three phases in a project to learn about drone technology’s role and ability to improve access to healthcare.

With 1.4 million people across 29 counties, eastern North Carolina’s vast, rural environment can create challenges for accessing care. Initial flights in the project resulted in the first drone delivery of temperature-controlled medicines within the U.S.

“We’ve seen the world’s supply chain strained like never before from the impact of Coronavirus,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “There’s now an accelerated need for rapid advancements in supply chain technology, especially in healthcare. Drone delivery is one solution to getting critical supplies where they are needed, at the moment they are needed most.”

The project utilizes Volansi’s VOLY C10, an all-electric drone capable of carrying 10-pounds of cargo to locations up to 50 miles away. The VOLY C10’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system allows it to deliver fragile cargo with a “soft touch” automated release once the drone has landed at the delivery location. The VTOL system also requires minimal infrastructure to operate and is also capable of delivering on the returning flight items to support order confirmation like temperature trackers and shipping confirmation.

“As a healthcare leader, Merck is very supportive of collaborations using new technologies to explore how one day we could help better serve the healthcare community. Our existing distribution system is strong, and this pilot helps us explore new innovative delivery options that would complement our existing supply chain capabilities,” said Craig Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management, Merck.

“At Vidant Health, innovation and collaboration help us increase access to care and meet our mission to improve health and well-being across eastern North Carolina,” said Brian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer, Vidant. “This project with Merck and Volansi is the beginning of an exciting endeavor to explore additional ways we can meet the unique needs of those we serve.”

Volansi is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to ensure that its deliveries are made safely and in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

Volansi will seek additional approval from the FAA to provide deliveries in additional locations, for phases two and three of the project, enabling a flexible, on-demand, and responsive supply of critical medicines.

Projects in North Carolina to mark a new chapter of Volansi’s commercial drone delivery service within the United States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 4, 2020 – Volansi, Inc., the California-based cargo drone delivery service provider developing autonomous VTOL UAVs, today announces it has signed a teaming agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation to begin commercial, middle-mile drone delivery projects in North Carolina. 

Volansi and the N.C. Department of Transportation will work together with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),  to gather data on drone delivery programs and how they could be incorporated long-term into the current transportation infrastructure and regulations. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the FAA and the N.C. Department of Transportation to help shape how drones fit into our home country’s infrastructure,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “We believe that one day, autonomous flight will be as commonplace and accessible as mailing a letter, and Volansi technology will play a pivotal part in this transport revolution.”

Volansi will initially perform tests and VLOS cargo delivery flights under Part 107 as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in North Carolina, with the intent to scale to more projects with additional waivers and permissions with the support of the N.C. Department of Transportation and the FAA.   

Projects will initially utilize the VOLY C10- Gen 2, Volansi’s all-electric, hybrid VTOL fixed-wing UAV. 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. 

The drone flies autonomously and can carry up to 10lb of cargo over 50 miles. Volansi’s award-winning, in-house Flight Operations Team handles all operations of the VOLY C10 providing an end-to-end delivery service to customers.  VOLY C10 aircraft have already performed operations in Africa, the Caribbean, and in the United States.

The VOLY M20 autonomous UAV to be showcased as a solution for AFWERX Base of the Future Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JULY 9, 2020 – Volansi, Inc., the leader in autonomous VTOL UAV manufacturing and cargo delivery services, today announces it has been selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) as an official showcase solution at AFWERX Fusion 2020. Volansi’s newest drone, the VOLY M20, will participate as a solution within the Base of the Future Challenge. 

AFWERX Fusion 2020 is a three-day virtual event hosted by AFWERX, the innovation program of the United States Air Force. Fusion showcases are AFWERX’s largest annual competitions. 

This year’s Base of the Future Challenge was inspired by the USAF’s on-going project to rebuild and modernize Tyndall AFB, Fla., which was destroyed in 2018 by a Category 5 hurricane. Volansi’s solution titled, “Loyal Patroller: Autonomous Monitoring and Response to Protect, Defend, and Fight”, focuses on the use of the VOLY M20 to increase base security by augmenting the capabilities of on-the-ground security forces, detecting and identifying potential threats, and providing persistent, extended visibility above and beyond.

“We are excited that our solution was selected for AFWERX Fusion 2020”, said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “Volansi is working to drive autonomous flight forward, and we see modernized military bases to be much like cities of the future. They are spaces that will have multiple modes of transportation and autonomous technology being used to augment and amplify the work of each community member.” 

AFWERX Fusion attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the VOLY M20 in Volansi’s virtual trade show “booth”. The VOLY M20 is a new generation of dual-role aircraft,  offering the ability to simultaneously carry 20 pounds of cargo and a 10 pound ISR or sensor payload. A hybrid flight system that combines electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with fixed-wing forward flight, allows the VOLY M20 to complete complex missions with minimal to zero infrastructure.

This selection comes on the heels of Volansi’s recent award of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract through the Department of the Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Center of Excellence innovation program. In addition to work with the US Department of Defense, Volansi’s UAVs are already in use for commercial cargo delivery projects around the world, and soon-to-begin commercial drone delivery projects launching in the United States this summer.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JUNE 10, 2020 – Volansi, Inc., the leader in autonomous VTOL UAV manufacturing and cargo delivery services, today announces it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) through the Department of the Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Center of Excellence innovation program.

The Phase II contract will allow Volansi to demonstrate the innovative capabilities of the long-distance, heavy-payload VOLY M20 VTOL drone.

The VOLY M20 offers the ability to simultaneously carry 20 pounds of cargo and a 10 pound ISR or sensor payload. A hybrid flight system that combines electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with fixed wing forward flight, allows the VOLY M20 to complete complex missions with minimal to zero infrastructure- providing flexibility and true runway independence. Volansi’s technology increases the capabilities of troops and has many use cases like enabling the continuous and rapid resupply of forward troops, expanding situational awareness with ISR, or extending comms through data relay.

“We are delighted for this SBIR Phase II award and look forward to partnering with the United States Air Force Special Operations Command on this project,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “Our goal is to develop technology that unburdens, equips, and increases the warfighter’s capability to successfully compete and win in any situation. We are proud to continue to contribute to the work that our brothers and sisters are doing within the United States Military.”

In a prior SBIR Phase I award, Volansi’s group 3 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle, the VOLY C20, was successfully evaluated as an effective tool to enable resupply of the warfighter of tomorrow. Volansi’s UAVs are already in use for commercial cargo delivery projects around the world, and soon-to-begin commercial drone delivery projects launching in the United States this summer.

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.