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Volansi has Flight Approvals to Operate its Drone Delivery Service in West Africa


Volansi recently announced it has Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight approval in Senegal. Volansi is the only cargo drone operator in Senegal that has BVLOS approval to fly unmanned operations countrywide. This capability has enabled the company to build sky lanes or aerial delivery routes for its mining customers in West Africa. In the near future, they plan to expand the network and become the first interconnected delivery drone network of sky lanes across the continent connecting mission points over rivers, bridges, and hills, enabling reliable and quick deliveries via drone.


“Our mission at Volansi is to build a world unbound by the limitations of infrastructure, and with sky lanes, it’s totally possible,” said Hannan Parvizian, CEO and cofounder of Volansi. “This will have a massive impact on Africa’s economy offering limitless development, and accessibility will increase by more than 100%, creating more than a million jobs in the region.”


Currently, a typical delivery is done using a truck, van, or motorcycle. Depending on road conditions and traffic, the journey can take two and a half hours or more to complete. Volansi drone delivery services provide an essential supply chain solution, particularly in areas where logistics is challenging, and can complete these same journeys in just 30 minutes. The company is delivering cargo on-call at dramatically reduced times, improving uptime and cost savings for industries such as health care, oil and gas, and mining.


“We see this as a huge opportunity in Africa,” said Parvizian. “We are going to revolutionize how people think about access and reach within the continent. Just as Africa skipped landline development and took a giant leap to cell phones, I believe that it will jump right into VTOL. It’s going to happen fast, and Volansi is geared up to build the first interconnected delivery drone network within the continent.”


Vantis Building Out Mission and Network Operations Center


Vantis, North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) network, recently signed a long-term agreement to house the Vantis Mission and Network Operations Center (MNOC) at the Grand Sky business and aviation park. The MNOC is an essential component of Vantis – as the name suggests. It is the focal point to provide secure network operations monitoring and administration, customer coordination and support, performance and safety data reporting, and other critical functions.


“The MNOC is an indispensable part of the infrastructure of Vantis,” said Nicholas Flom, executive director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, which oversees Vantis. “We’re putting together all of the technology necessary to accomplish our lofty goals, so as physical remote infrastructure is deployed, the MNOC is ready to connect the network.”


MNOC personnel will validate operator and unmanned aircraft information, confirm operational flight approvals, authorize information access, and review documentation, training, and credentials. During flights, they will monitor flight operations and manage contingencies as required. They will also verify flight completions and save operational data.


“It’s really the command center of the entire network,” said Jim Cieplak, program manager of Vantis. “The MNOC will be integral to coordinating flights and ensuring safety, and it couldn’t be in a better location.”


Grand Sky is the first commercial UAS-focused business park in the United States. Strategically located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, Grand Sky is a hub of activities for UAS flight testing, training, and development. Building the MNOC here adds Vantis to the thriving UAS ecosystem already present at Grand Sky.


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