MightyFly wins grant for autonomous eVTOL delivery flight demonstrations

A MightyFly autonomous eVTOL aircraft hovering.
Photo Credit: MightyFly

On May 30 2023, MightyFly, an innovation company in the field of autonomous eVTOL cargo delivery, was awarded a significant grant of $150,000 from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform (MMFP).

This grant will enable MightyFly to conduct autonomous cargo flight demonstrations in the state of Michigan.

Autonomous eVTOL flight demonstrations


As the first public showcase of an autonomous, fixed-wing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, these demonstrations will highlight MightyFly’s capabilities in delivering 100 pounds of cargo with precision and efficiency.

The autonomous cargo aircraft developed by MightyFly is equipped with advanced technology, making it a reliable and safe solution for transporting goods.

With a cargo capacity of 100 pounds and a spacious cargo bay measuring 6 ft by 19 inches by 18 inches, the aircraft has the potential to carry up to 212 small USPS packages.

This breakthrough in express delivery solutions opens up new logistics opportunities for businesses and establishes a benchmark in the aviation and logistics industries worldwide.

Operation in Michigan


Michigan, known for its strong manufacturing, automotive, logistics, retail, chemical, and pharmaceutical sectors, provides the perfect environment for MightyFly to demonstrate the advantages of their autonomous cargo delivery system.

The state’s diverse industries demand express logistics services that are fast, efficient, and affordable, especially when it comes to same-day shipping.

MightyFly’s business-to-business (B2B) delivery services cater to these needs, offering cost savings for just-in-time manufacturing lines, timely delivery of crucial medical shipments, and swift replacements of fast-moving consumer goods for retailers, among other benefits.

The MMFP grant program, overseen by the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), plays a vital role in Michigan’s strategy to maintain its global leadership in future mobility.

Launched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this program aims to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative mobility solutions.

It focuses on promoting environmental sustainability through encouraging electric vehicle (EV) adoption, expanding charging infrastructure, and modernizing transportation systems across the state.

OFME


The OFME, in collaboration with the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC), has facilitated the testing of autonomous aircraft in Michigan, and now partners with MightyFly to advance the adoption of transformative mobility solutions.

Charlie Tyson, the Technology Activation Manager at OFME, emphasizes that the future of mobility extends beyond traditional vehicles and encompasses air, land, and sea transportation.

He highlights Michigan’s unique position as a hub for testing, developing, and deploying new technologies that lead to more accessible and affordable transportation solutions.

OFME is thrilled to support MightyFly through the MMFP program and their ongoing efforts to grow in Michigan.

MightyFly comments


Manal Habib, CEO of MightyFly, expresses great excitement about being the first company to demonstrate large-scale autonomous fixed-wing eVTOL cargo delivery in Michigan.

Habib believes that this demonstration will mark the beginning of a revolution in the global flow of goods, enabling reliable and affordable same-day deliveries for people worldwide. The event is set to make history and propel MightyFly’s mission forward.

In addition to the MMFP grant project, MightyFly has ambitious plans for proof-of-concept (POC) trials with various partners throughout 2024 and 2025.

These trials will further validate the company’s innovative autonomous cargo delivery solutions and pave the way for future advancements in the field.

Summary


MightyFly’s receipt of the $150,000 grant from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform (MMFP) is a key milestone in furthering the realm of autonomous cargo delivery.

With the support of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), MightyFly aims to demonstrate the extraordinary capabilities of its third-generation autonomous cargo aircraft in Michigan.

The successful execution of these demonstrations will bring new possibilities to businesses and revolutionize the aviation and logistics industries.

As MightyFly takes flight, it looks to set a new standard for efficient and reliable express delivery services, contributing to the transformation of global mobility.

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