Flirtey to certify, expand production of drone delivery system

The Flirtey Eagle delivery drone. Courtesy photo

As of Monday, March 15, 2021

Reno-based drone startup Flirtey announced this month that it has completed the technology to certify and expand U.S. production of its drone delivery system for last mile delivery.

According to a March 4 press release, the company’s technology includes the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced drone that makes precise deliveries to homes and businesses. the “Flirtey Portal,” a take-off and landing platform that performs scalable operations from store fronts; and an autonomous software platform that performs autonomous flight operations.

According to the company, Flirtey’s technology “solves the problem of last mile delivery with faster, cheaper and more convenient delivery that takes vehicles off the road, reduces CO2 emissions and increases the overall safety of the transportation system.”

“Flirtey is certifying and expanding US production of delivery drones to meet growing demand,” said company founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny in a statement. “Flirtey’s technology enables companies to run their own logistics by offering customers drone deliveries from shop to door. Companies that use Flirtey’s world-class technology for last mile delivery of drones are pioneering the way to lower delivery costs and billions of potential new revenue.

“Flirtey is now taking pre-orders for drone delivery systems.”

The news comes a few weeks after Flirtey announced in February that it had successfully made multiple deliveries of COVID-19 test kits for the home in northern Nevada in the early stages of its testing program.

According to the March 4th press release, Flirtey now has more than 1,000 claims in a portfolio of issued and provisional patents and has operated more than 6,000 flights to date.

The company previously raised approximately $ 15 million on its Series B preferred stock financing, which the company valued at approximately $ 100 million.

Flirtey’s Series B investors include Hancock Prospecting, Lower Case Capital, Woowa Brothers, Ace Investment Partners, Amity Ventures, Y Combinator, Sierra Angels Members, Former Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev, Former Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, Joe Hockey and Melissa Babbage (Member of the Board of Directors of Flirtey) and In-Q-Tel.

“In-Q-Tel seeks out cutting-edge technologies in the global marketplace that have both commercial success and high national security implications. We are excited to be an investor in Flirtey, which has developed world-class technology for last mile delivery of drones, ”said Andy Ku, Principal at In-Q-Tel, in a statement.

Next, Flirtey is focused on “completing the FAA’s certification process, rapidly scaling up and expanding US delivery drone production to meet growing demand in New Zealand, where the company’s technology is already officially certified.” it in the press release of March 4th.

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