The General Services Administration (GSA) has recognized Altavian, a Florida-based drone manufacturer, as a trusted, reliable supplier and has awarded it with a GSA Schedule contract. It’s a move that is the first of its kind for a U.S.-based UAV company.

As part of the GSA Schedules Program, a GSA Schedule contract aims to facilitate agencies of the U.S. government with purchasing commercial products and services, and to leverage the buying power of the federal government in the process. By establishing fixed prices for Altavian products, any U.S government agency or approved entity can now directly purchase them with predetermined cost and delivery terms.

Altavian’s product line features the Nova F7200 fixed wing and Galaxy R8700 multirotor drones, the series of Fusion DSLR-based photogrammetric mapping payloads, and the drone ground station software suite for in-flight control and management of Altavian drones, Flare. Altavian UAV’s are capable of generating color or near-infrared orthorectified aerial imagery, as well as carrying video payloads for color and infrared real-time video for a variety of data products.

“Altavian is committed to delivering high quality unmanned aircraft solutions to our Government customers,” said John Perry, CEO of Altavian. “Users in the public sector demand high quality, safe, and secure drone systems to responsibly deploy the technology in applications ranging from emergency response to resource management. Opening this sales channel allows public officials to streamline sourcing the best in U.S. manufactured drone technology to serve the public.”

The company also offers various solutions/services for commercial industries - agriculture, mining, surveying -, as well as for different government departments - civil, defense, research, and resource management.

The GSA Schedule will add these services to its list, meaning federal agencies can use the contract directly with Altavian for UAV Flight / Data Acquisition Services with a simplified rate structure.