USA: SkyRights Holdings is seeking to partner with Class I railways to make their alignments available for use by drone delivery companies and for ‘urban air mobility’ applications.
The company said the airspace above railways offers ‘a unique solution to address the safety, electric charging infrastructure and liability management challenges when compared to flying delivery drones over populated areas.’
‘Although Congress will probably create a low altitude zone for drone aviation it doesn’t address the safety issues with flying over populated areas’, said CEO David Christophersen. ‘Railways have air rights that offer a network including trackside electric infrastructure for charging drone aircraft. This is an exciting new opportunity to market railroad assets to drone delivery leaders like Amazon and Walmart who typically have distribution facilities close to major rail lines.’