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Flirtey Conducts First Fully Autonomous, FAA-Approved Urban Drone Delivery in the U.S.

Flirtey Conducts First Fully Autonomous,  FAA-Approved Urban Drone Delivery in the U.S.


Flirtey, the premier independent drone delivery company, successfully completed the first fully autonomous, FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the United States. In a residential setting in Hawthorne, Nevada, the company successfully delivered a package that included bottled water, emergency food and a first aid kit by drone.


The delivery exhibited the industry-leading advancements Flirtey has made in its drone technology and autonomous systems. The six-rotor drone flew itself along a pre-determined delivery route and lowered the package at a precise drop-off location. A Flirtey pilot was on standby during the delivery as a backup to the autonomous system, but was never needed.


The choice of water, food and a first aid kit illustrates Flirtey’s vision to reinvent the delivery process for humanitarian, online retail and food delivery industries.


The delivery follows a series of groundbreaking drone delivery “firsts” for Flirtey. The company conducted the first FAA-approved drone delivery last July — a series of urgent medical deliveries to a rural healthcare clinic.


“Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep,” said Matt Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey. “Drone delivery by Flirtey is set to save lives and change lifestyles”.

Flirtey’s accomplishment was completed through a partnership with the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. The company has been working with engineers from the university-based center to perfect and evolve its drone delivery technology. The two partners are also working with NASA to develop a low-altitude air traffic management system. Additionally, Flirtey partnered with Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), the Nevada FAA-designated UAS Test Site.  


“I congratulate Flirtey on successfully completing the nation’s first fully autonomous urban package delivery, and I am thrilled that Flirtey is not only testing its cutting-edge technology in Nevada, but also creating jobs through its headquarters relocation to Reno,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.  “When we first set out to target Unmanned Aerial Vehicles through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, we knew that our state had the expertise to make an FAA Test Site designation a reality, but what we really hoped to achieve was for Nevada to be the center of the commercial UAV industry — the epicenter of research and development, testing, manufacturing, and policy surrounding drones and autonomous systems. The Knowledge Fund has been a successful tool to draw the industry’s attention to our capabilities, and Flirtey’s relocation to Nevada is an important step in this process. I welcome Flirtey to the New Nevada, and look forward to watching them succeed.”


The Hawthorne, Nevada delivery demonstrated that advanced drone systems allow the aerial vehicles to safely navigate around buildings and deliver packages with precision within a populated area.


“This was by far one of the most successful UAS operations we ran and represents an advanced level of test and development of new UAS technology, flight planning, innovation, and mission execution by Flirtey,” said Director of Operations for the Nevada UAS Test Site, Chris Walach.  “The Flirtey team excelled in all aspects of safe flight operations in national airspace.”


Flirtey’s delivery was filmed for a 28-minute ABC-TV documentary called Foreign Correspondent which will air in mid April.


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About Flirtey

Flirtey is the premier independent drone delivery service, with a mission to create the fastest, most efficient and customer-centric delivery service in the world. The U.S.-based startup has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Virginia Tech University to create the leading technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network.

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About the University of Nevada, Reno

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities.

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About the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)

On behalf of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, NIAS helps to grow the Autonomous Systems Industry through business teaming, partnerships, research and development, and education awareness in order to bring in business and jobs to the State of Nevada and to to facilitate full and safe UAS integration into the National Airspace.

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Flirtey’s Media Contact

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Senior Account Executive, The Abbi Agency