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Urban Ray Receives Operational Approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations Near Cologne

Urban Ray, our Cologne-based leader in aerial logistics, proudly announces a significant milestone in our mission to revolutionize urban logistics. We have secured SAIL II operational approval from the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, LBA) to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights with our full-scale drones on three designated routes near Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

This approval allows us to test our flying couriers over extended distances and in more complex environments. By operating BVLOS, we can gather essential data and experience under real-world conditions, crucial for advancing our delivery technology and accelerating market readiness.

Fabian Binz, COO & Co-Founder at Urban Ray, expressed his enthusiasm about this achievement:

“This marks a key milestone on our journey to urban operational readiness. Operating on these three routes will elevate our testing capabilities and shorten our time to market.”

Our aerial robotics systems aim to revolutionize logistics by providing efficient, rapid, and environmentally friendly solutions for package delivery, starting with the healthcare sector. The ability to operate BVLOS is crucial for the practical implementation of aerial logistics services, enabling travel over longer distances and autonomous navigation in complex environments.

Adriana Martínez, Technical Compliance & Certification Engineer at Urban Ray, emphasized the significance of this development:

“We are very happy with what our team has achieved here, as it allows us to validate the interaction of our ground station with the drone in a genuine and challenging environment.”

This approval is a testament to our technical and organizational capabilities and reflects our commitment to safety and regulatory compliance. Our innovative approach is set to transform the logistics landscape, offering a glimpse into the future of urban logistics.

We continue to work closely with our partners and regulatory bodies to push the boundaries of what is possible in aerial logistics. We are dedicated to further advancements in aerial robotics and look forward to the operational learnings this dedicated test area will provide.

About Urban Ray:

Urban Ray is at the forefront of the aerial logistics industry, pioneering innovative solutions for airborne package delivery. Based in Cologne, Germany, we are committed to transforming the logistics sector by building delivery networks using aerial robotics and lockers. For more information, visit


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