Singapore’s AirGo Designs Pte Ltd, France’s Dragonfly Pads and Australia’s Freespace Operations have joined together to create the Drone Logistics Ecosystem for drone deliveries specifically to address the mid-mile and last-mile B2B market.
The aim of the Drone Logistics is to work on standardization of the drone delivery technologies by working on innovative solutions such as the delivery systems, vertiport universal charging stations, safety, and reliability etc.
According to a consortium press release:
“The Drone Logistics Ecosystem is an international multidisciplinary network of companies, universities, and government entities working to stimulate collaboration and standardization in the Drone Logistic industry. The aim of the Drone Logistics Ecosystem is to bring together these businesses, academics, regulators, and financiers into the same space to stimulate progress and innovation within the drone delivery industry. Many of the companies in the industry are early-stage start-ups with limited access to funding, manpower and expertise, so the Drone Logistics Ecosystem will serve as a sharing platform for companies to lend their expertise for joint-development of products or for working as consulting or sub-contractors, and for any format of cross-disciplinary/border collaboration.”
According to Dragonfly Pads CEO, Sissel Thorstensen: “Today less than 3% of the investment in the drone ecosystem is dedicated to infrastructures for drones. DragonFly Pads, a French start-up, will provide turn-key solutions for drone takeoff and landing, cargo handling including the AirGo Design DroneBox cargo boxes, and maintenance through the deployment of a grid of flexible, safe, and cost-effective vertipads. The pads will be strategically located on underused public and private real estate. DragonFly Pads has already established a proof of concept at the Marché de Rungis, which is supported by the Région Ile-de-France as a pilot project.”