The cargo drone has a wingspan of 52 ft (16 m), can fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 ft (6.700 m), and can hit a top speed of 125 mph (200 kph).
What Dronamics is aiming for with its small but capable cargo drone is to “democratize airfreight and lower the cost of shipping everywhere”. With its capability to land almost anywhere, including short, unpaved runways, the Black Swan can be great for making deliveries in hard-to-reach, remote locations.
Back in May, the Bulgarian drone developer reached an important milestone, becoming the first drone cargo airline in Europe to obtain its airline license. The LUC (Light UAS Operator Certificate) it got is recognized in all EU member states and allows Dronamics to start running the first commercial flights with its highly acclaimed Black Swan.
The company is now focusing on launching commercial operations in Europe by the end of this year and the recently announced partnership with Australian company Quickstep will help it speed up that process. Quickstep is an advanced composite solutions provider to the aerospace, defense, and commercial sectors, and has agreed to help Dronamics accelerate the production of the Black Swan cargo drones.
Quickstep promises to provide its engineering and manufacturing expertise in delivering a large sophisticated cargo drone, as explained by Mark Burgess, Quickstep CEO. The manufacturing will take place in Quickstep’s Australian facilities.
Dronamics plans to roll out the first units of its cargo drone in 2023 and produce hundreds of more Black Swans annually in the next four years.