Volansi, a leading provider of long-range cargo drones, has teamed up with three of the nine participants in the FAA’s BEYOND program. “Volansi is working directly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in this effort,” said a press release.
The announcement shows the space the CA-based Volansi has taken in delivering drones. Founded in 2015, the company specializes in the delivery of drones over the middle mile – unmanned delivery systems for the transport of cargo over long distances, flights that fly beyond the line of sight (BVLOS). If the delivery of small drones is for retail, the Volansi solution is designed for commercial or military use. With a Series B investment of $ 50 million in September 2020, Volansi is on a rapid growth path.
Volansi announced a number of successful partnerships last year, with their long-range cargo drones taking a leadership role in projects around the world. Last summer, Volansi announced an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the supply of consumables: The company is partnering with pharmaceutical giant Merck to supply temperature-controlled medical consumables. Volansi supports the nationwide Vantis drone network in North Dakota and tests flights out of line of sight. Volansi’s military subsidiary has joined the US Air Force’s Skyborg project.
The BEYOND program is the next phase of the UAS integration pilot program. BEYOND projects collect data to inform regulators about three specific focus areas defined by the FAA:
- Beyond BVLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations that are repeatable, scalable and economical, with a special focus on infrastructure inspection, public operations and delivery of small packages.
- Use of industry companies for better analysis and quantification of the social and economic benefits of UAS companies.
- Focusing on community engagement to gather, analyze and address community concerns.
With its long-haul freight capacities, Volansi fits exactly into the industrial focus defined by the FAA.
“We are very excited to be part of BEYOND and help us get one step closer to the limitations of our current ground infrastructure,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and Co-Founder of Volansi. “Each of our partners is unique and carries out projects necessary to conduct the research and tests required to safely integrate drones into national airspace.”