Matternet's M2 gets 1st FAA Type Certification amendment
Matternet’s M2 drone first non-military unmanned aircraft to achieve Type Certification in United States
Matternet, the developer of the world’s leading urban and suburban drone delivery system, announced that the M2 drone has achieved approval for an amendment to its first-ever unmanned air system (UAS) Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
"This groundbreaking development highlights the continued improvements Matternet has made to the M2 aircraft’s hardware and software, which will enable Matternet and its customers to scale operations faster and more cost-effectively," says an official release.
Matternet has now received its second Type Certificate approval before any other delivery drones have achieved that mark across the industry, the release added. "In 2022, Matternet’s M2 drone became the first non-military unmanned aircraft to achieve Type Certification (September 2022) and Production Certification (November 2022) in the United States. The aircraft underwent a rigorous evaluation process by the FAA, which resulted in the M2 drone proving to be airworthy and eligible for scaled commercial delivery operations."
Andreas Raptopoulos, Founder and CEO, Matternet says: "We are thrilled with the FAA’s decision to grant this amendment, the first-ever to a UAS Type Certification. 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 updated version of the M2 aircraft is currently in production and will be made available immediately, the release added.