Singapore Post announce success of a drone delivery trial

Singapore Post have trialled a delivery drone in Singapore successfully. Drone delivery is one of the directions delivery and mail services around the world are considering and this is the first time in the world that this system has been used with no problems.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle delivered a letter and a teeshirt in a packet over a distance of two kilometres between Lorong Halus and Pulau Ubin. As with most other major urban centres around the world there were a number of regulatory and safety issues that needed tackling, and these were facilitated by the local authorities.

The Pixhawk Steadidrone UAV was developed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Labs and has a payload capacity of 0.5kg. The platform has a number of safety features and can reach a radius of 2.3km from base. It has security features to ensure that only the correct recipient receives a shipment.

Regulation, safety and security issues are the major hurdles to enable drone delivery services to happen worldwide and SingPost’s explorations around the technology will be watched with interest by other countries and delivery businesses.

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