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European Commission to support drone cargo airline Dronamics fleet, droneport network expansion

Drone cargo airline Dronamics has announced it has been awarded a EUR2.5 million grant by the European Commission under the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator programme. “The EIC has also expressed a material commitment to support Dronamics’ upcoming Series A round,” said a company press release. “The grant will support the development and roll-out of Dronamics’ cargo drone fleet, droneport network and operations in Europe. The European Union is home to millions of people who live in territories that often take days to reach by traditional freight. Dronamics aims to democratize air freight, by enabling affordable, and sustainable same day delivery for businesses and communities everywhere, especially remote and under-served ones.”

“We are honoured to receive this support from the European Innovation Council, which we see as testament to the impact that cargo drone logistics can have on the European Union economy at large. We will use this grant to establish our European operations and keep bringing innovation to help elevate communities and businesses using breakthroughs in aviation and technology that will revolutionize air cargo mobility,” said Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of Dronamics.

According to the company’s website the company’s  flagship Black Swan is able to carry 350 kg (770 lb) at a distance of up to 2,500 km (1,550 mi) up to 80% faster, 50% cheaper and with up to 60% lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including airfreight. “This enables same-day shipping over very long distances for a variety of industries: from pharma to food, from e-commerce to spare parts. The company’s fast-growing team includes some of the most experienced aerospace and logistics experts. Dronamics is Europe’s first licensed cargo drone airline and IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide.”

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