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Moya Delivery Drone Caps Successful Test Campaign

Vertical Flight Posture Adds a Few Extra Steps to the Certification Process

Moya Aero Finished off 87 successful test flights in the 4th phase of its test campaign, clearing just one of many obstacles on their way to rethink air logistics around the world.

The team is currently hammering away at validation and certification of the Moya eVTOL, a top-loading cargo system with 4 motors and 4 fixed, variable wings. Moya has moved the basic horizontal-H design from its original agricultural aspirations to pretty much anything that could turn a profit with a battery powered aircraft. Right now, they boast a pretty strong focus on logistics, showing the Moya loading up a semicircular cargo bay on the upper half of the spine. Sprayers, surveyors, and more will have their own variants fit for mission too, but integrating those systems are a bit more complex than simply installing a flat deck and some tie-downs.

Moya said it will continue testing in 2024 as it passes on to Phase 5. That will see them fly the Moya in vertical mode, practice takeoffs, undergo simulated missions, and return home to land under its own command and guidance. After that, Phase 6 will see it transition to horizontal flight, changing flight modes, and make those same practice missions with the added complexity of transitioning from its "prone" posture required for takeoff and landing.

"At Moya, we're excited about the future of air travel and the possibilities of eVTOL technology to serve the logistics market," the company said in a statement. "With over 87 successful flights under our belt and more to come, we're confident that our aircraft will revolutionize the industry and provide a safe, efficient, and sustainable mode of transportation for all."

FMI: www.moyaaero.com

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