Volansi, a US-based company that develops and deploys autonomous Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) drone systems, has some news: It has secured permission to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in the western African nation of Senegal.
When it comes to deliveries in remote locations, VTOLs are quickly becoming the drones of choice. Their ability to take off and land vertically means there’s no need for runways, pneumatic launchers, or cumbersome capture devices. There’s also no question that drones are proving exceedingly useful in Africa, where medical drone delivery pioneer Zipline has established an outstanding track record in Rwanda and Ghana.
Now, there’s news from Volansi, which recently closed a $50 million Series B round.
Volansi is expanding. And a big part of its vision is to accelerate the adoption of drone delivery in both the US and emerging markets elsewhere. Already, it’s involved with medical deliveries in North Carolina and last fall…