The Aeronautics company Airbus has shown quite the interest in drones over the past few years. One of their first actions in the drone world is to create their very own taxi drone. This creation can lift up to two people, driven through the air autonomously via a massive transport. Now, it seems they are branching out into delivery drones.
Airbus Delivery Drones
Everyone seems to want to be in the delivery drone game. Amazon for instance told boldly five years ago that they would eventually offer only drone deliveries for orders. While it may not be the case at the moment, their drones have made an impact in smaller areas. Airbus seems to have similar plans. This week, they successfully transported a package from a base inland to a ship out at sea. This is a feat that has never been done before.
The Airbus drone took off from the Marina South Pier in Singapore. Its target was a ship out at a nearby sea, where it was to deliver a 1.5-kilogram package. The test was a success. The drone delivered the product at a fraction of the time, with the contents receiving zero damages. Airbus hopes to add to the weight limitations soon, to increase further the possibilities a delivery drone can bring.
Right now, a 1.5-kilogram parcel can only provide a small ration of food, or lightweight equipment tools.
A similar endeavor in Ireland successfully landed a drone from an inland base to an island destination. These projects prove one thing: that drones can deliver nearly anywhere. Of course, these delivery drones need to have specific features to get to their target. Vertical landing and takeoff for instance is a necessary tool, especially in these remote places. Not requiring a long airstrip for a drone to land or takeoff is an important necessity to make these trips possible.