Israel-based Airobotics, a subsidiary of Ondas Holdings, has received a $3.5 million purchase order from United Arab Emirates-based SkyGo for its Optimus drone system and has agreed to create a joint partnership with SkyGo.
Under the agreement, SkyGo will receive twenty Optimus drones and charging stations to distribute to customers.
The Optimus system consists of a drone and a launching station and will be deployed at industrial and municipal sites in Abu Dhabi as part of the new partnership, Airobotics told Cargo Facts.
The Optimus drone can carry 1.5 kilogram payloads at a maximum speed of 23 knots for just more than forty minutes of flight time.
Once built, the drone infrastructure will be used to transport lightweight emergency and priority deliveries, including medical supplies, government documents and equipment, and industrial parcels, Airobotics said.
The company also expects SkyGo to begin using the Optimus drone system for customers in the first quarter of 2023. SkyGo has agreements with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Easylease and Emirates Post Group.
Airobotics said its drones are equipped to support transponders for air traffic control tracking, including radar and ADS-B. The company added that it has completed most of the certification steps for the drone with the Federal Aviation Administration and hopes to complete it this year.
The drone manufacturer plans to use its partnership with SkyGo to create a scalable platform for other cities, it said.
Other drone developers, such as Dronehub, also use a hub system where drones deploy and return to a mobile launch pad.
The Optimus system is the smallest of a series of drone designs emerging from Israel; others include the hydrogen-powered Heven Cobalt and the Gadfin Spirit-One.
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