FAA approves new variant of Matternet M2 delivery drone
Matternet, the first non-military drone maker to achieve standard Type Certification and Production Certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has announced a significant development. The company has built a new, more efficient variant of its M2 delivery drone and it has managed to get an FAA Type Certificate approval for that as well.
Type certification refers to the approval of the design of the aircraft and all component parts (including propellers, engines, control stations, etc.). It signifies the design is in compliance with applicable airworthiness, noise, fuel venting, and exhaust emissions standards. Matternet received its first FAA Type Certificate in September 2022, followed closely by a Production Certificate in November 2022.
Now, the California-based company has made several improvements to its aircraft’s hardware and software and secured a second Type Certificate for the same.
“We are thrilled with the FAA’s…