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Pyka delivers first of three large-scale autonomous electric cargo aircraft to AFWERX

Flight operations personnel from Pyka and AFWERX gathered on the tarmac at New Braunfels National Airport to witness the arrival of Pyka’s Pelican Cargo, a large-scale autonomous electric cargo aircraft with a 400 pound payload capacity and 200 mile range, built for remote off-airport operations.

This is the first delivery in a fleet of three Pyka Pelican Cargo on lease to AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of Air Force (DAF) and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, for the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime program.

The program will explore operational use cases for Pyka’s technology to address the most pressing challenges in the DAF.

Lt Col John Tekell, Agility Prime Branch Chief said: “The AFWERX Agility Prime program looks forward to learning about the deployment and operational capabilities of electric aircraft through this contract.”

Michael Norcia, Chief Executive Officer at Pyka says: “We’re proud to deliver Pelican Cargo to AFWERX for the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime program.

“Our aircraft offers an unparalleled platform for heavy-payload and long-range autonomous electric cargo logistics.

“We believe the DAF is an ideal customer to harness the benefits of this technology, and is helping to advance zero-emission aviation in the United States by partnering with companies like ours.”

(Mandatory disclaimer) “The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

Pyka Pelican Cargo in flight