On July 18th, Volansi, the industry leader in autonomous Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) point-to-point drone delivery services, completed the first-ever autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Systems' (UAS) maritime cargo delivery between two moving US government vessels off the coast of Key West, Florida.
The maritime cargo deliveries were completed over the course of three separate flights. The first two were completed with the VOLY 10 Series, which is capable of lifting up to 10 pounds of cargo for over 42 miles. These flights took off from a Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Transport and travelled 15 nautical miles to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter William Trump. The third flight was completed by the VOLY 20 series, which has a 350-mile range and an average cruise speed of 75 miles per hour, and is capable of carrying up to 20 pounds of cargo. The VOLY 20 completed a mile long flight in winds of up to 20 mph to its landing point, the USCG Panga, before making a successful return.
With its UAS VTOL fleet, Volansi aims to remove limitations imposed by remote locations and harsh environments. These factors often make crucial missions, such as the delivery of critical supplies or gathering of information, difficult, if not outright impossible. Due to runway independence, a small operational footprint, and even the ability to carry cargo and sensors simultaneously on some models, Volansi's fleet is able to surpass these obstacles.