The Matternet M2 drone has received approval to start durability and reliability testing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Passing the milestone toward acquiring the FAA’s Type Certification means it has been deemed airworthy and is eligible to be used by commercial air carriers.
Testing approval means that Matternet has met FAA requirements for documenting and controlling the build process of the M2 and gained approval for certification and test plans.
Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, said, “We are moving efficiently through the Type Certification process and it’s because of Matternet’s aviation mindset and focus on safety and quality. The Matternet M2 has been purpose-built for its mission of urban medical delivery, combining solid engineering, years of flight experience, and the safety and security required for medical logistics.”
Matternet has operated US services since August 2018, partnering with UPS and WakeMed Health in Raleigh, North Carolina, to deliver more than 1,850 lab samples to date.