Impressive Market Success for Latin America’s First Autonomous Cargo Drone

Moya is an autonomous eVTOL for cargo and agricultural operations 8 photos
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Moya Aero is developing what claims to be a pioneering cargo drone not just for Latin America but the entire Southern Hemisphere. Although it's expected to enter commercial service three years from now, the manufacturer has already secured an impressive order log.
Brazilian civil social organization MineToo is the most recent Moya Aero customer. It has committed to purchasing 50 autonomous drones that will be used in agricultural operations. It looks like the regional market was hungry for an innovative cargo solution like the Moya Aero drone. Earlier this year, another major aviation operator in Brazil, Helisul Aviation, also signed a 50-unit deal with Moya. In that case, the pioneering drone was acquired for future cargo operations.

Moya Aero also signed agreements with Fototerra, an international company with offices in Texas, Brazil, and Chile, and with the Canadian-based air cargo startup N2 Infrastructure. All in all, this shows that the Brazilian manufacturer is doing great in its third year of activity. It chose to be located in Sao Jose dos Campos precisely because this area is considered to be the center of a major aerospace industry corridor in Latin America.

Another asset is the fact that Moya Aero is linked to an important aviation player. ACS Aviation, its parent company, was the one that built SORA-e, the first electric aircraft that was built and that carried out a piloted flight in the Southern Hemisphere in 2015. It also obtained the first certification of a Light Sport Aircraft in China.

The Moya eVTOL is not designed for air taxi services but for autonomous cargo transportation. It's a little over five meters long (16.7 feet), boasting a wingspan of nearly seven meters (23 feet) for both its front and rear wings. It can carry up to 200 kg (441 lbs) or 160 liters (42 gallons) for agribusiness purposes.

The main goal was to develop a cargo drone that could be much more efficient than similar aircraft in its size category. According to the manufacturer, the Moya drone promises a payload that's ten times greater than standard drones.

Due to its capabilities, it also promises to be six times more efficient when it comes to crop dusting productivity thanks to its unprecedented spraying precision. In terms of operating costs, the Moya drone also promises significant benefits, claiming to be much more affordable than the conventional helicopters used in agriculture.

Moya Aero is also getting support from the Brazilian government to further develop this pioneering autonomous aircraft. Most recently, that added up to a $2 million boost.

The next step for the Brazilian trailblazer is to conduct Moya's first official flight, set for the end of this year. The cargo eVTOL is expected to enter commercial service by 2026.
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