Perth-based Orbital UAV has unveiled plans to leverage newly secured government funding to expand its production capacity ahead of the commissioning of additional engine production lines at its Balcatta operation.
The Brazilian planemaker’s subsidiary Eve said its deal with Microflite will lay the foundations and “validate parameters” so electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles can launch in just five years' time.
The tech giant revealed the surprising fact as it marked two years of service in the south-west Queensland city, which it has dubbed “the drone delivery capital of the world”.
Melburnians may be able to book a ‘flying taxi’ via an Uber-style app in just five years’ time after Embraer signed a landmark agreement to bring the tech to the Victorian capital.
Funding was led by defence and aerospace contractor Quickstep Holdings Limited, which invested $1 million in the latest round.
Wing's Jesse Suskin hinted the significant development could happen within six months and means merchants won't have to be based in Google's distribution centres.