- September 09, 2019
September 9, 2019 – Flirtey has unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, a drone delivery technology. The company has released the first video of its delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to customer homes.
Flirtey’s system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones.
The aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced delivery drone; the Flirtey Portal, a takeoff and landing platform that enables scalable store-to-door operations; and an autonomous software platform that enables drones to deliver to American homes. Among the principal notabilities of its technology:
- Flirtey’s aircraft is designed to operate in 95% of wind and weather conditions.
- “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
- The Flirtey Eagle delivers its contents by lowering a tether, while the drone is suspended in air, and once the package is delivered, it then retracts the tether
- Flirtey’s aircraft is controlled by its autonomous software platform, which has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the first multi-drone delivery operation in the United States, enabling a single remote pilot to simultaneously oversee ten Flirtey drones
- Flirtey’s Portal is a takeoff and landing platform that fits into one parking space, making its infrastructure scalable to the company’s partners for store-to-door delivery
Flirtey’s drone delivery technology has been developed from the ground up, originating from NASA’s drone program. Flirtey Founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny has brought together a team of aviation industry veterans from NASA, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX, as well as military veterans from the army, navy, and air force.
The Flirtey Eagle builds upon the 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’s goal is to not only meet, but to 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
Flirtey is on course to conduct drone deliveries to U.S. homes as early as 2019.