The United Kingdom wants to set up up to 50 routes over the next three years to deliver to remote communities. which requires approval from the Civil Aviation Authority, will ensure the security of the service of up to 200 of the autonomous devices from the logistics drone company Windracers.
The Royal Mail said the first communities to benefit would be the Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Cornwall in south-west England) and the Scottish islands of Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides.
. In the last one, held in April, the service managed to use the UAV to deliver mail to Unst, Britain’s northernmost inhabited island, from Tingwall Airport to Shetland’s largest island. It’s a 50-mile flight in each direction.
The twin-engine drone used in the tests can carry a payload of up to 100 kg of mail and make two return flights each day. The Royal Mail said the device has a wingspan of 10 meters and can withstand harsh weather conditions with its autopilot system. Once the drone arrives at its destination, a postman will retrieve the mail and parcels and deliver them.
The Royal Mail says the drones will help reduce carbon emissions and provide a more reliable delivery service to the islands. Ultimately, he hopes to have a fleet of more than 500 drones that will operate in the UK.
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