27 Oct '15, 8pm

World-first trial to deliver mail by drone lands successfully in Singapore

World-first trial to deliver mail by drone lands successfully in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A trial said to be a world-first to use a drone to deliver mail has been completed by SingPost and the the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). In a statement to the Singapore Exchange, SingPost said a letter and a T-shirt in a parcel were transported by drone from Lorong Halus to Pulau Ubin - a distance of about 2km, and taking about five minutes. Similar trials delivering mail by drones - also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - have been done elsewhere, including Germany and Switzerland. However, in its statement, SingPost said: "This is the first time in the world a postal service has successfully used an UAV for point-to-point recipient-authenticated mail delivery." IDA worked on the drone so it could be used by SingPost. The drone was built using the Pixhawk Steadidrone platform by IDA Labs to meet the new conceptual delivery platform...

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