Video: Singapore Post trials drone mail delivery

October 13, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
The Singapore postal service has performed a "last mile" test flight of mail and packet delivery by unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone.

Singapore Post said it is the first time a postal service has successfully used an UAV for point-to-point recipient-authenticated mail delivery.

The main benefits claimed for drone delivery of small items are reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint than conventional systems. The barriers to deployment are safety concerns and the cost of setting an appropriate infrastructure.

 

The test flight, which took five minutes between Lorong Halus and Pulau Ubin, carried a payload of a letter as well as t-shirt in a packet and flew a total distance of two kilometers There is a prototype app designed with security and verification features that ensures the mail reaches its intended recipient. It has the capacity to carry a payload of up to 0.5kg, fly at a height of up to 45m and travel a distance of 2.3km. The focus of the flight was to test the drone technology and safety boundaries. 

The flight was the result of collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. The drone was developed from the Pixhawk Steadidrone and the focus of the test was aerial safety.

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