Phase II year
2022 (last award dollars: 2022)
For the past four years, Skyways has been working on a fully autonomous, AI-driven, hybrid-electric, long-range VTOL UAV focused on transportation of goods and, eventually, humans. We have built over 20 UAVs and flown over 1,100 flights. The current version of our aircraft, "V2.5," can transport autonomously 20 lbs of cargo over 300 miles. Skyways is currently under contract with the US Navy for this version of the aircraft and we have a commercial customer in the oil and gas industry (autonomous resupply of offshore platforms). This proposal is focused around the technical feasibility of modifying our V2.6 to achieve 12 hours of continuous resupply between units up to 200 miles apart. To achieve our objectives, we will leverage our experience in building and flying UAVs with existing customers, as well as the entire software flight stack we've built for full autonomous transportation.