FAQ
At Project Wing, we’re working towards a new commerce system that opens up universal access to the sky.
About the project
Delivery drones and the supporting ecosystem could open up entirely new approaches to delivering goods and services—including options that are cheaper, faster and less wasteful than what's possible today.
 
Why is Project Wing focused on low-altitude airspace?
The layer of airspace under 500 feet is a space where drones can have a positive impact. We want to help bring about a future for this airspace in which both manned aircraft and drones can fly together safely. One of our goals is to enable a network of unmanned traffic management (UTM) platforms to safely offer access to this airspace to anyone.
What’s next for the project?
We’re excited about the potential for our aviation technology to transform how we think about transportation of a wide range of goods, from emergency aids to food. Today we’re focused on advancing aviation technology and working with regulators to make that vision a reality.
How can I partner with Project Wing?
We’re looking for organizations who can help us build, test, use and showcase our technology. Please tell us about yourself and we’ll be in touch if there is an opportunity to work together.
Where can I learn about open positions?
Our team is growing! Please submit your resume to one of our open roles.
In the air
The air is for everyone. Our delivery drones will need to safely share the air with other drones, manned aircraft (like planes), and birds.
 
How are you ensuring safety?
Safety is our top priority. We have some of the world’s most highly skilled hardware and software engineers designing, building and testing aircraft. The aircraft are designed with redundant motors, batteries and even navigation systems with intelligent controls so backup systems can help keep aircraft safely in flight. And we’re building an unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform that uses real-time route planning and airspace notifications to enable coordination with others sharing the airspace.
How do you manage traffic in the sky?
Project Wing’s unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform is designed to automatically manage the flight paths of different types of drones-planning new, clear routes for each aircraft if and when conflicts arise. In June 2016, Project Wing took part in a set of nationwide tests convened by NASA and the FAA to explore how to manage the growing number of drones in the sky. As part of these tests, we demonstrated Project Wing’s UTM platform and the core elements of real-time route planning and airspace notifications.
Where has Project Wing conducted tests?
We tested in Queensland, Australia in 2014. Since then we’ve been improving our design in the labs at X in Mountain View and rural airfields in California. In September 2016, Project Wing tested its aerial delivery system at an FAA-approved test site at Virginia Tech, run by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership. These tests were designed to generate data for the FAA’s ongoing study of drone delivery systems.
Do you need permission to fly?
We adhere to governmental guidelines and requirements to conduct safe and responsible development and flight testing. We’re currently working with civil aviation authorities and air traffic control to secure and maintain the appropriate permissions and licenses.
How high do these planes fly? Can I see them or hear them?
Our delivery drones fly up to 400 feet above the ground. Our goal is to design a system that is as unobtrusive as possible during takeoff, flight and delivery.
Design and technology
Our delivery drone technology and unmanned traffic management platform are designed for maximum efficiency for an entire delivery fleet.
 
Why is Project Wing designing its own aircraft?
Opening access to the sky in a responsible and safe manner requires careful design. We are designing our own aircraft to ensure that the aviation technology works seamlessly and safely together across our entire drone delivery fleet.
What do delivery drones look like?
Our designs have changed significantly from our first concepts and continue to be refined as we test different deliveries and environments. Our current prototypes have fixed wings like an airplane, rotors like a helicopter and a wingspan less than 1.5 meters.
How automated are Project Wing aircraft?
Pilots currently monitor our delivery drones and can take control of their movements at any moment. Our long-term approach towards automated flight is to build a safe, effective and scalable delivery system that won’t require individual pilot control.
What can the aircraft carry?
During our recent tests we delivered food items, but we want to be able to carry all sorts of things. To do so, we need to reduce aircraft weight so we can maximize the percentage of weight that is the delivery item itself.