For several years now, several companies such as Wing, Amazon, UPS and even DPD have been increasingly trying to use drones to deliver certain packages. This solution is particularly advantageous for areas that are difficult to access, for example in the mountains. According to this logic, the British postal operator Royal Mail wants to use drones to deliver mail and parcels to the Isles of Scilly.
The Isles of Scilly are 28 miles from Cape Land’s End, known as Britain’s most south-westerly point. Royal Mail is expected to use drones to deliver COVID test kits and some mail. This government-backed project will fly a twin-engine drone capable of carrying loads of up to 100 kg. In addition to this large drone, several smaller ones are used for mail delivery.
A crucial test phase
The month-long trial is being conducted with a group of partners including the University of Southampton and specialist companies such as Windracers, Skyports and Consortiq. Royal Mail made its first drone delivery last December with a mission to deliver a package to the Isle of Mull lighthouse in Scotland.
After this trial period, Royal Mail plans to deploy this new form of mail in many other rural or hard-to-reach areas, such as the Isles of Scilly. Note that the Isles of Scilly in the UK are no exception. We must not be too impatient, however, as these testing phases are vital and can be very costly in the event of a failure. In 2018, a postal drone crashed in Russia and cost over $ 20,000. In addition, an accident only delays the final use of these aircraft.
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