Autonomous electric aviation manufacturer, Pyka has unveiled its Pelican Cargo aircraft, which is currently the world’s largest zero-emission (at tailpipe) cargo airplane and the first autonomous vehicle of its class.
The Pelican Cargo has a range of up to 200 miles, a payload of up to 400 pounds, 66 cubic feet of cargo volume and a nose-loading configuration with a sliding cargo tray. These features aim to enhance express logistics networks and conveniently connect remote rural communities to ensure reliable access to vital goods.
“Pelican Cargo will have a significant positive impact on people's lives. We designed this plane to eliminate C02 emissions from the logistics chain, while offering a significant speed advantage over ground transportation and operating costs at a fraction of conventional air transportation.”
Pyka has already secured pre-commitments of over 80 orders and options for its Pelican Cargo from three launch customers across North America and Europe.
The aircraft is currently undergoing testing at Pyka’s flight test facility in Northern California.
“Welcoming the Pelican Cargo aircraft into our fleet will enable us to continue on our mission of solving complex logistical and operational challenges with tailored drone services. We know a thing or two about drones and in our eyes, the Pelican Cargo is the most advanced product in its payload class on the market. We're excited to kickstart operations with Pyka and put the Pelican through its paces.”
The first commercial operation of the new aircraft is expected to take place in the second half of 2023.
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