Matternet updates FAA Type Certification

Swiss delivery drone maker Matternet are working on an upgraded iteration of their Matternet M2 delivery aircraft, which the company says will hit the lower airspace near you really soon.

And in preparation for the launch, Matternet has already obtained approval for an amendment to its first-ever UAS Type Certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“We are thrilled with the FAA’s decision to grant this amendment, the first-ever to a UAS Type Certification,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, founder and CEO of Matternet. “As we develop more advanced technology, it’s very important that we are able to move quickly through the FAA Type Certification process, the gold standard in airworthiness certification.”

The company added that this development is ground-breaking territory for them, which highlights the continued improvements Matternet has made to the M2 aircraft’s hardware and software, to enable it and its customers to scale drone-based delivery operations faster and more cost-effectively.

Matternet will become the first drone company in the delivery drone space in the United States to get a second Type Certificate approval. This, after the M2 drone became the first non-military unmanned aircraft to achieve Type Certification in September 2022, and Production Certification in November of the same year.

The aircraft underwent a rigorous evaluation process by the FAA, which resulted in the M2 drone passing the airworthiness tests and becoming eligible for scaled commercial delivery operations.

“The company is committed to evaluating the ever-evolving market and taking advantage of exciting opportunities that will encourage mass adoption and drive the industry forward,” Matternet said.

“Matternet has established a global footprint through noteworthy partnerships and operations and today’s announcement will allow the company to continue expanding its customer base.”

The company said its updated version of the M2 aircraft is currently in production and will be made immediately available to its clients, which can be found throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.


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