The British post office Royal Mail wants to buy 200 drones in the next three years in order to be able to supply the small islands off the British coast in particular on more than 50 routes. In the long term, the fleet of postal drones is expected to grow to 500. In order to achieve this, there was a merger with the drone manufacturer Windracers.
Swiss Post has been testing the use of drones for 18 months. The unmanned small flying objects with a wingspan of ten meters and a “highly reliable autopilot” should be able to transport packages of up to 100 kilograms over a maximum distance of 80 kilometers. According to Swiss Post, it should also be possible to use it in difficult weather conditions.
These plans place the UK “firmly at the forefront of this exciting sector,” said Windracers chairman Stephen Wright. Postscript: “Supply and logistics, particularly to remote locations, have long been overlooked by the industry and are ripe for innovation.”
However, approval from the Civil Aviation Authority is still pending.