To ensure mail delivery in some inaccessible areas, Royal Mail wants to use drones. This was announced by the British equivalent of the Post on Monday in a press release, reports Lemon Juicer.
A test phase involves sending flying devices to the Isles of Scilly, located 45 km off Cape Land’s End, the extreme southwestern tip of the United Kingdom. Testing will begin this week. First, the drones will carry personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID test kits and mail.
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A first test last December
To accomplish this mission, Royal Mail will use a Windracers twin-engine drone, capable of carrying loads of up to 100 kg. It will arrive at the Islands Airport in St. Mary’s. Another, smaller drone will be used to make inter-island deliveries.
The University of Southampton and two drone operators, Windracers and Skyports, are associated with this UK government funded project. A first delivery by drone was made last December successfully to the lighthouse on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Drones have an advantage over other delivery methods – they can fly in bad weather conditions, including fog. In addition, their circulation does not depend on the tides. If the test is successful, Royal Mail intends to use this service to deliver to other remote islands or rural areas.