The Flirtey Eagle Could Save Your Life — Flirtey Reveals New Drone Delivery System
BY Isabella Lee18 September 2019
The Flirtey Eagle could save your life—that’s because Flirtey is using its new delivery drone to transport emergency medical supplies (AEDs specifically) in minutes to those in need. However, you don’t necessarily need to be in an emergent situation to come in contact with the Flirtey Eagle. Flirtey expects to be delivering on-demand perishables and goods to U.S. homes with its new drone delivery system as early as 2019.
We expect Flirtey’s advanced drone delivery system will become the industry standard in America.
—Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey Founder and CEO
According to Flirtey,d rone delivery to homes in the United States is “an imminent reality.”
The Flirtey Eagle: How it Works
The aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled three elements of its drone delivery system:
- Flirtey Eagle, an advanced delivery drone
- Flirtey Portal, a sophisticated takeoff and landing platform that enables scalable store-to-door operations
- FAA-approved autonomous software platform that enables drones to deliver safely to American homes
Flirtey’s system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones. The drone safely and precisely delivers its contents by lowering a tether, and once the package is delivered, it then retracts the tether. Take a look at the system in action in the video below:
The aircraft is controlled by its autonomous software platform, FAA-approved for multi-drone delivery operation in the United States, enabling a single remote pilot to simultaneously oversee ten Flirtey drones. The takeoff and landing platform fits into one parking space, making its infrastructure easily scalable to the company’s partners for store-to-door delivery.
Flirtey wants to make sure its system becomes the standard for U.S. drone deliveries and has designed the system to deliver almost anything at any time. The aircraft is designed to operate in 95% of wind and weather conditions, making it highly reliable for flight. Plus, the running tagline for the drone is “If it fits, it flies.” The Flirtey Eagle is designed to fit 75% of packages that get delivered to its customers’ homes during last-mile deliveries.
Flirtey’s technology has unique capabilities unavailable from any other aircraft manufacturer to enable first-movers to capture market share in their industries.
—Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey Founder and CEO
The company estimates that last mile drone delivery is over a $100 billion market globally with current technology. Autonomous drone delivery will reduce the cost of last mile delivery, which represents 53% of the total cost of delivery.
Flirtey’s Technology is Designed for Safety
The Flirtey Eagle builds upon the advanced technologies developed for Flirtey’s previous generation aircraft that conducted the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved drone delivery in the United States, which is going on display alongside the Wright Flyer in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Flirtey has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to meet, and in some cases surpass, the rigorous safety standards of the FAA. Flirtey’s regulatory approvals include:
- Approval to conduct multi-drone delivery operations, enabling a single remote pilot to simultaneously oversee ten Flirtey drones
- Approval to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), enabling Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location
- Approval to conduct drone delivery flights at night, making drone delivery accessible at any time
Along with improving lifestyles by delivering on-demand perishables and goods, Flirtey drones take delivery vehicles off the roads, greatly lessening CO2 emissions from our atmosphere and increasing the overall safety of the transport system.
Flirtey and the City of Reno were selected into the FAA and Department of Transportation’s highly competitive Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), in which only ten locations in the U.S. were selected to participate. Within the IPP, Flirtey and the City of Reno have partnered with REMSA, local emergency medical services provider, to deliver AEDs to those in need. Flirtey’s AED delivery technology has the potential to save 150,000 lives per year.
Based on demand from customers, Flirtey expects demand to outstrip supply initially. But first, there are still regulatory hurdles to overcome in the U.S. before drone deliveries become rote. We’re seeing progress with a proposed rule for Remote ID in the works and the FAA’s UTM Pilot Program resulting in real drone traffic management demonstrations. We cover a few of the reasons why drone delivery hasn’t fully take flight yet in this previous post, but are excited to see progress picking up.
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