Dash Systems, Inc. delivers Proof of Concept with Remote Deliveries in Alaska

Dash Systems, Inc. has spent the past few years working on realizing their vision: to deliver any package, anywhere, in nearly any weather condition. They have recently delivered a true proof of concept, successfully delivering packages to remote areas with no airports.

This California-based shipping company uses aircrafts to deliver packages in helipad-size areas without ever needing to land and therefore no airport required. Dash launched commercially in 2019 as a part of the TechStars los Angeles Accelerator, but has made more than 400 airdrops since their start in 2017.

Their aircrafts are guided by technology that allows them to release and land delivery pods which were custom developed in house. These delivery pods are capable of carrying up to 50 pounds of cargo. Dash has used their Cessna 208B Grand Caravan for test runs and proof of concept deliveries to remote areas every week. Dash received investments back in December and used it to further their research and development. Part of this included making proof of concept deliveries to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and 20 other remote locations in Alaska. 

Dash could deliver medicine, infrastructure components and mail to the more than 300 remote villages in Alaska that are not located on all-weather roads. “We’re talking about truly remote … hundreds of miles away from a road,” said Mark Billingsley, director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at University of Alaska. “The only way (residents) get their mail and all of their supplies, really, is through the air. There are some critical supplies that can be delivered by Dash in a hurry without even having to land the airplane.”

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