Natilus Announces Milestones in Design and Development of Family of Highly Efficient Autonomous Freight Aircraft

  • Key Points
    • Natilus signs contract with Collins Aerospace for design, development and integration of specialized cargo loading system for the first Natilus prototype
    • Blended wing design and new loading systems will increase efficiencies, lowering costs by 60%, increasing cargo volume by 60% and cutting carbon emissions in half
    • Natilus begins production of vertical tails for N3.8T aircraft
    • Natilus on track for first flight in 2023

    San Diego, CA (March 15, 2022) –
    Natilus, Inc., the U.S. company working to democratize global freight transport by making air cargo more competitive, today announced major milestones in the design and development of its fleet of autonomous aircraft and an important new contract with Collins Aerospace to provide specialized cargo loading systems.

    Natilus is offering a family of autonomous cargo aircraft with greater efficiency and cost-savings by innovating the design of freight transport aircraft to increase cargo volume by 60%. This will lower the cost of freight operations by 60% and cut carbon emissions in half.

    “Currently, 90% of all goods are transported worldwide via shipping, but 90% of all ‘value goods’ are shipped through air freight – just because of current capacity and cost,” explained Aleksey Matyushev, CEO and co-founder of Natilus. “Our goal is to dramatically change this equation through efficiencies of design and operations to make air freight more competitive to capture market share. Our new contract with Collins brings us another step closer to entering the cargo aircraft manufacturing market.”

    “Collins Aerospace is a global leader in the design, manufacture and certification of advanced cargo handling systems for commercial aircraft,” said Alison Davidson, vice president and general manager, Cargo/Hoist & Winch for Collins Aerospace. “For the Natilus family of aircraft, we’re adapting proven cargo handling designs with millions of flight hours in service to create a new system that efficiently uses the additional space of the Natilus blended wing design to maximize cargo capacity.”

    The Natilus contract with Collins is instrumental in creating efficiencies of operation, including increasing aircraft cargo volume. Collins is designing a specialized Cargo Loading System for the Natilus 3.8T prototype with rolling ball mats, attachments, and standard flip-up latches and will accommodate LD3-New and LD3-45 containers and bulk loads.

    The Natilus family of cargo aircraft includes:

    • 8T: 3.8 ton payload short-haul feeder UAV
    • N60T: 60 ton payload medium/long range UAV
    • N100T: 100 ton payload long-range UAV
    • N130T: 130 ton payload long-range UAV

    The design of the Natilus 3.8T is complete and has undergone initial wind tunnel testing. Natilus is also initiating production of the vertical tails of the N3.8T aircraft this week, another major milestone in the company’s timeline. Flights are scheduled to begin in 2023. Natilus recently announced more than $6B in pre-orders

    About Collins Aerospace, Inc.

    Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies business, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit

    About Natilus, Inc.

    The mission of Natilus is to democratize freight transport by designing and manufacturing a new fleet of autonomous cargo aircraft that will increase volume by 60% and lower costs by 60%, while reducing carbon emissions by 50%. The market for autonomous cargo aircraft is greater than $280 billion, based on market research, however, Natilus believes that by lowering the cost of air cargo transport, it can introduce a new category of freight and expand the total addressable market of air freight to $470B once operations begin. Natilus aircraft use existing ground infrastructure and standard air cargo containers, as well as offer remote piloting to produce an innovative turnkey solution for its customers. For more information, visit and follow us on social media @Natilus.

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