A Leesburg-based company focused on commercial drone operation and training is teaming up with a popular Loudoun County restaurant to perform what they say is the first ever food delivery by drone in Northern Virginia.
The big event is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning — Wednesday, October 6. According to a spokesperson for Xelevate, they have teamed up with Roots 657 Cafe to conduct deliveries of food from the restaurant to several local customers.
The restaurant, which is located off Highway 15 north of Leesburg, is known for its menu of soups, sandwiches, burgers and more. Roots 657 also has an onsite market. The customers receiving drone deliveries Wednesday will be in the area of the restaurant.
There have been successful drone food delivery experiments in other parts of the country. Xelevate hopes to make the technology a standard part of delivery in the greater DC area, once future rules and regulations for commercial drone operation are in place.
Xelevate is a new company in Loudoun County. They are opening their headquarters and labs, as well as a conference and training facility, in Leesburg later this month. The Roots 657 delivery is part of the grand opening hoopla.
The delivery will likely be handled by a Vayu brand drone, pictured above. Vayu is an aerospace company and designer of commercial drones.