Swedish drone start-up Aerit has received operational authorisation from Transportstyrelsen, Sweden’s national transportation agency, to pilot last-mile drone deliveries.

Aerit’s operational authorisation is made possible by the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) process provided by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that came into effect in January this year.

“The authorisation is an important milestone in Aerit’s journey to become the world’s leading drone delivery service. We are now ready to show what we can deliver”, said Aerit CEO and Co-founder, Alexander Perrien.

“Drone delivery will soon be a part of everyday life, improving sustainable access to goods and services regardless of time, location, or personal ability,” added Perrien.

“Transportstyrelsen has been an outstanding resource for the development of our drone platform, Nimbi, and procedures to ensure the safety and robustness of our operations. We look forward to working with them on our path to achieving LUC certification.”

LUC is short for Light Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certificate. It enables drone operators to self-authorise operations across the European Union without applying for further operational authorisation.

Aerit is a sustainable drone delivery startup based in Stockholm, Sweden, and part of KTH Innovation, The Innovation Growhouse Stockholm, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Urban Mobility Accelerator. Its Nimbi drone is capable of autonomous pick-up and delivery of up to 4kg of goods and requires no additional infrastructure for senders or receivers.