Startup plans to launch delivery service by drone in Winston-Salem

Drone Express is becoming a member of AeroX, a local nonprofit aimed at accelerating Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology.

Blue sky with wispy clouds. A black drone is flying in the top right corner.

This could be coming soon to airspace near you.

Photo by Peter Birdsong

Drone delivery appears to be taking flight in the Twin City. The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that Drone Express plans to serve the Winston-Salem area with “a faster, safer and more cost-effective way to receive goods.” That means you could one day get your order in 15 minutes or less.

Drone Express is headquartered in Denver, CO but the startup’s decision to expand to Winston-Salem wasn’t random. The company is becoming a member of AeroX — a nonprofit based on West 4th Street. It’s a consortium of innovators, businesses, and government entities that’s focused on developing and commercializing aerial technology. The NC General Assembly awarded AeroX $5 million in grant funding in 2021. Public and private donations + membership sustain the organization.

It’s not clear when Drone Express deliveries will start or where operations will be based. We’ll be sure to keep you up to speed when more details are announced.