Silicon Valley company is trailblazing faster delivery of lifesaving supplies.
SAN FRANCISCO, August 12, 2021 – Volansi, a leading Silicon Valley drone delivery company, is slashing the time it takes critical supplies to reach the Outer Banks in North Carolina following a natural disaster. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) typically restricts drone operations to visual range, but Volansi now holds one of only 47 waivers permitting flights Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and without visual observers in the National Airspace System. For Outer Banks residents, this means expedited delivery of emergency supplies that once took hours to reach them due to hazardous and, at times, unpassable road conditions.
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Aviation and the NCDOT Ferry Division, Volansi conducted two successful flights between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island using the Volansi VOLY 10 Gemini Series: a 50-pound drone capable of carrying 10 pounds over 50 miles.
Volansi has been quietly making a name for itself as a leader in heavier drone deliveries in rugged conditions. Similar to their remote operating locations in West Africa, Ocracoke Island is often accessible only by plane or boat when roads are washed out due to hurricanes and severe storms. These severe weather events preclude ground transport of the emergency goods Volansi is currently delivering, such as survival kits, blankets, food and water.
“This demonstrates how places like Ocracoke Island could receive life-saving supplies and equipment through drone delivery,” said NCDOT Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Manager Ben Spain. “This trial is a tremendous first step in expanding our emergency relief capabilities. Long term, we could see deliveries coming all the way from the mainland, which is really exciting.”
Volansi recently became the first company to autonomously deliver payloads beyond visual range between two moving ships – a U.S. Navy Joint High-Speed Vessel and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. In that instance, no FAA waivers were required since the U.S. military manages its own airspace.
“Receiving a BVLOS waiver gives Volansi a unique opportunity to complete missions that have otherwise been prohibited. Waivers like these are pivotal in moving the industry forward by allowing us to demonstrate the capabilities of our drones, and their potential ability to serve communities in need, in a way that hasn’t been done before,” said Volansi’s Head of Aviation Regulatory Affairs Liz Stalford. “We are grateful to have been awarded this waiver and the opportunity to make innovative contributions to this fast-growing industry.”
Volansi frees the world from timely delivery restrictions. Large distances, austere locations and inclement weather do not restrict critical supplies from reaching those who need them anymore. Volansi delivers medium-to-heavy payloads using fully autonomous ruggedized drones. for commercial, military and humanitarian customers. This means one-click delivery – no runways, drone pilots or blue skies needed. To learn more, visit Volansi.com or follow us on Twitter @volans_i.