SingPost delivering mails to Pulau Ubin by drone

SingPost is collaborating with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to develop the a drone for mail delivery. The company has completed a trial to deliver mail to Pulau Ubin.
SingPost said a letter and a T-shirt in a parcel were transported by drone from Lorong Halus to Pulau Ubin. The 2 km journey took about 5 minutes. The drone was build upon the Pixhawk Steadidrone platform by IDA Labs to meet the new conceptual delivery platform from SingPost, and tailored for use in a challenging environment like Singapore.
The drone is equipped with enhanced safety features, and is complemented with 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 half a kilogramme, fly at a height of up to 45 metres and travel a distance of 2.3 kilometres. The focus of the flight was to test the drone technology and safety boundaries.

Don’t be too excited yet. This is just a trial and it will take a while before it is viable for drone mail delivery in Singapore. But this is a promising start. At least it is a better use case than using drone to deliver food and drinks in a restaurant.
And I can imagine it is not easy to get permission to fly a drone from Singapore to Pulau Ubin. After all, Pulau Ubin is pretty close to Changi Airport. The SingPost drone trial flight was conducted with permissions and cooperation from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Air Force as well as the Singapore Police Force.
Let’s hope all the agencies come together and make it easier for business and hobbyist to fly a drone in the near future.

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