February 4, 2021

FlirteyEagleDrone 400x275Commercial drone delivery company Flirtey and COVID-19 testing firm Vault Health announced the successful drone deliveries of the first FDA-authorized saliva-based COVID-19 tests.

In November 2020, Flirtey and Vault Health announced a partnership to test drone delivery of the at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test. Using Flirtey’s drones to deliver the test kits to homes reduced exposure risks, especially to those who did not live in proximity to on-site testing locations. 

The test kits were carried by a Flirtey Eagle delivery drone, which autonomously hovered and lowered the test kits using Flirtey’s delivery mechanism. In this video (see below), it shows the drone enabling safe delivery of the packages into the backyard of a residential area in Northern Nevada. Once the packages were delivered, residents could access a secure video call with a health professional to supervise their saliva sample collection. The companies said drone delivery of the test kits was faster than traditional mail, reducing the shipping process by up to 48 hours, leading to quicker results and reducing the risk of asymptomatic spread.

“Our mission is to save lives and improve lifestyles by making delivery instant for everyone,” said Matthew Sweeny, founder and CEO of Flirtey. “Conducting drone deliveries of at-home COVID-19 test kits with Vault Health is another huge step toward our mission. As we expand our testing programs, we are working with the FAA on Type Certification, which will enable wide-scale use of our technology for commercial and life-saving applications.”

“Our goal at Vault has always been to expand access to COVID-19 testing so everyone can get a test when they need one,” said Jason Feldman, founder and CEO of Vault Health. “Flirtey helps expand on our innovations to make our already fast turnaround time even faster.”

Flirty began conducting autonomous drone deliveries to homes in 2015, and has been working alongside NASA, the City of Reno, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, and other various commercial partners to create a fast, efficient and customer-centric logistics company.