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Flirtey Delivery Drone Heads to Smithsonian

Drone joins the ranks of historically significant aircraft

April 28, 2016

Matt Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey, and the Flirtey team are excited about the hexacopter's new home in the Smithsonian museum.
Flirtey
Drone delivery startup Flirtey announced on April 28, that the hexacopter unmanned aerial system (UAS) it used to make the first FAA-approved drone delivery has been accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Flirtey will join other historical aircraft such as the Space Shuttle Discovery, Enola Gay, and the 1903 Wright Flyer.

In July of 2015, the drone delivered medication to a rural medical clinic in Wise, Virginia. In March of this year, Flirtey achieved another industry first by delivering water, food, and a first-aid kit to a home in Hawthorne, NV. This was the first FAA-approved UAS delivery in an urban area.

Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny said in a press release, “Flirtey’s delivery was the ‘Kitty Hawk moment’ for the drone industry and it is fitting that our delivery drone will now be part of the same institution that displays the Wright Flyer.” He went on to express the pride that the Flirtey team feels to be part of the Smithsonian collection.

For Flirtey co-founder Tom Bass, this monumental event is just the beginning. “This is a tremendous milestone for our team. When drones are as commonplace as mail trucks, delivering anything you desire, people will look back at this as where it all began and be inspired to realize the next great chapters in our dreams of flight,” said Bass in a press release.

Flirtey plans to continue its work to expand its drone delivery service in the U.S., competing with industry giants Google and amazon.com. Watch Flirtey’s historic flight here.
Featured image: Flirtey