Matternet's Type Certification,Matternet M2 Drone FAA Type Certification

Matternet M2 Drone Delivery System First to Achieve FAA Type Certification

The drone industry learned of Matternet’s type certification in a surprise announcement by David Boulter, FAA Associate Administrator (Acting) Aviation Safety, during the Commercial UAV Expo Keynotes earlier this week.  The type certification is the first of it’s kind issued in the US for a non-military drone, and went to Matternet’s M2 drone delivery system.  Matternet has partnered with logistics company UPS to perform drone delivery on medical campuses, as well as delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.  The company has been one of the pioneers of drone delivery since their inception in 2011.

Matternet’s type certification was achieved with the help of global law firm Hogan Lovells.  In a press release, Hogan Lovells explains what goes into the type certification process:

Through its type certification process, the FAA reviews the design of an aircraft and all component parts, including…