Pyka unveils ‘world’s largest cargo drone’ Pelican Cargo


Pyka has unveiled the Pelican Cargo, the latest addition to its fleet and, it says, the largest zero-emission cargo aircraft on the market.

With a range of up to 200miles, a payload of up to 400lbs in 66ft3 of cargo volume, the Pelican has a nose-loading configuration with a sliding cargo tray. Pyka said the platform will “enhance express logistics networks, enable connectivity of remote rural communities, and ensure fast and reliable access to vital goods and supplies” for areas in need.

Pyka CEO and co-founder, Michael Norcia, said: “Pelican Cargo will have a significant positive impact on people’s lives. We designed this plane to eliminate C02 emissions from the logistics chain, while offering a significant speed advantage over ground transportation and operating costs at a fraction of conventional air transportation.”


Following the commercial success of its agricultural spray aircraft, which led to a $37m Series A raise in April 2022, Pyka has secured pre-commitments of over 80 orders and options for the Pelican Cargo from three launch customers.

The aircraft is currently undergoing testing at Pyka’s flight test facility near Oakland, Northern California. The first commercial operation of the new product is expected for the second half of this year.

Alex Brown, director, Skyports Drone Services, one of Pyka’s launch customers for Pelican Cargo, said: “We operate a carefully selected fleet of UAS platforms across our markets, each of which has been chosen due to its operational capabilities and unrivalled performance.”

“Welcoming the Pelican Cargo aircraft into our fleet will enable us to continue on our mission of solving complex logistical and operational challenges with tailored drone services. We know a thing or two about drones and in our eyes, the Pelican Cargo is the most advanced product in its payload class on the market. We’re excited to kickstart operations with Pyka and put the Pelican through its paces,” Brown added.