Speedbird Aero approved for experimental deliveries with drones

Latin American drone startup Speedbird Aero has been approved for experimental deliveries with drones by the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC.

Speedbird Aero approved for experimental deliveries with drones

Speedbird Aero, the Latin American drone startup announced that it has received regulatory approval from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to start two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil.

To keep people on the ground safe, Speedbird Aero’s proprietary delivery drones (the DLV-1 Albiventer) are outfitted with an integrated ParaZero parachute system. The drone delivery startup is the first company in South America that has received regulatory approval to start testing with deliveries by drone.

Speedbird Aero partnered with leading Latin American food delivery company, iFood, to offer an on-demand food delivery service. The two approved drone delivery routes will connect two iFood Hubs with a food court and a condominium complex.

For the first delivery route, MercoPress reports, drones will pick up orders from the rooftop of a large shopping complex in São Paulo and fly them to an iFood pickup hub closeby. When the order arrive couriers will transport the meals to their final locations.

The second drone delivery route is further away (about one mile) and will require the drones to be flown beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS).

Both drone delivery routes will be completed by drone in about two minutes and will start in December of this year.

“Our goal is to continue the development of unmanned aerial logistics in Brazil and Latin America with safety in mind,” says Samuel Salomão, Speedbird Aero’s co-founder.

ANAC officials assessed the safety management and risk mitigation planning aspects of Speedbird Aero’s drone delivery service, which included the integrated ParaZero safety parachute system. As part of the approval and certification process, Speedbird Aero was required to perform six emergency parachute deployments. The last one of which took place on July 9th, 2020 in front of a group of ANAC officials.

“All of these steps are part of a process that will culminate into a commercial product,” said Manoel Coelho, co-founder of Speedbird Aero.

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