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Cheetah Air Gets Approved for Night Activity, Enabling 24/7 Drone Deliveries

Cheetah Air can now operate during the night as well as the day. Photo courtesy of Cheetah Air

Cheetah Air can now use its drones to deliver packages 24 hours a day thanks to approval from the FAA to operate at night under Part 107 regulations.

An example of how this software will be used is with the delivery of equipment and supplies for the medical field as an autonomous 24/7 solution. This allows medical professionals to get their much-needed supplies faster and at a reduced cost compared to truck deliveries.

One of Cheetah’s main goals is to provide deliveries in the shortest time possible to customers for the lowest operating cost. Drones operate on cheap, clean electricity, which lowers environmental pollution and lowering operating costs. Further cost reduction is the result of the drone being fully autonomous, not requiring a driver for deliveries. They also operate at altitudes to which traffic concerns are mitigated. As a result, Cheetah now takes another step toward its goals by delivering an optimized drone solution capable of 24/7 operations.

While Cheetah Software Systems has constantly pushed the cutting edge of logistics technologies for the past 30 years, it has taken another step further today. Cheetah Air, a division of Cheetah Software Systems, is an advanced, scalable drone delivery solution that is capable of operating multiple aircraft beyond line of sight. Cheetah’s software not only plans delivery routes, but also predicts extremely accurate arrival times as it adapts, live and automatically, to changing operational conditions. These changes include air traffic mitigation, weather, customer cancellations, new stop-insertion and package weight changes.

In the past four years, Cheetah Air has enabled this solution to become both consistent and reliable while increasing the capabilities and compatibilities with other aircraft systems.

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  • Nick you know better. A night waiver has nothing to do with being able to do deliveries – it does not confer BVLOS or flight over people. There is no legal autonomous operations – a Part 107 RPIC must be at the controls even if the drone does the flying – and it must be within VLOS.

    • Nick Zazulia

      Thanks for your reply. You’re right that a night waiver does not confer every capability relevant to package delivery, but I don’t think it’s accurate to say that it isn’t germane to the topic. It is one part of the equation that can help a company — in this case, Cheetah — do what it is trying to do. If you will look to the latter half of the third paragraph, it makes some reference to the concerns you point out; the altitudes at which the company can operate (not conferred by this particular waiver) and that this is one step toward the ultimate goal.

      I apologize if your takeaway here was that the night waiver is a panacea to all concerns or solely acts as the FAA’s approval to everything a package-delivery company would want to do. You are definitely right to point out that it does not.