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.