Russia-based SKYF drone manufacturing company and the Sweden-based Swedron company has agreed to become partners in Northern Europe. Together, they are going to launch a collaborative test flights facility in Sweden and practice experimental flights of SKYF drones in accordance with European regulation rules.
Under the partnership agreement, Swedron cooperates with SKYF to get a UAV license to fit EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) regulations. SKYF will become the first heavy lifting UAV in the European Union that applied for certification in accordance with EASA regulations and for getting the unique tail number.
After the license has been obtained SKYF will be used in Sweden as an experimental UAV at the test facility. The purpose of test facility is to test and verify SKYF as a platform for new drone operational fields such as heavy lifts, agriculture, and fire extinguishing.
In a longer perspective after the EASA type approval, Swedron will act as a sales- and training facility hub in Europe for future pilots to come.
- “We are very pleased and excited about this cooperation. We believe in SKYF and see a lot of potential in the UAV heavy lift segments all over Europe”, says Tomas Glatzl, TRI Swedron Sverige A
- “We are excited about the collaboration with Swedron team which has wide experience in the European market. Now we can examine customer request more carefully and understand the specifics of EU regulations. It allows us to enter the European market faster”, says Alexander Timofeev, CEO of SKYF and SKYFchain.
SKYF is a heavy-lifting unmanned aerial carrier vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. It allows the development of different drones with various modifications for diverse tasks ranging from cargo logistics to firefighting. At present, the maximum useful load is 400 kg (880 lbs) and the maximum the flight range is 350 km (220 miles) or up to 8 hours.
In 2018 SKYF team launched the spin-off project named SKYFchain which develops the first Business-2-Robots Operating Platform in the cargo logistics industry. SKYFchain is an open blockchain platform for keeping and exchanging data of all cargo robots’ operations and transactions. Any action on the Operating Platform has an own price depending on the type, frequency, and complexity of transactions and is denominated in a traditional currency. All calculations within SKYFchain will be processed in SKYFT tokens, as required by the smart contract logic.
The first cargo robot to start operations on SKYFchain will be SKYF. SKYF will use SKYFchain to operate hundreds of freighter drones that have already been pre-ordered by the largest oil/gas and logistics companies around the world. SKYFchain is open to any other manufacturers of unmanned drones, including cars and cargo ships. It is also open to logistics providers and financial organizations and has every chance to become a universal tool, a standard for the unmanned logistics industry. Within 5 years, SKYF plans to spend over the US $50 million to buy SKYFT tokens on the open crypto-exchange. The funds will be used for the further development of SKYFchain. The SKYFT tokens emission conforms the international legislative regulation of the blockchain and is compliant with the SEC of the USA.
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