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DHL put ‘pakketcopter’ for delivery to German North Sea island
By Olaf van Miltenburg
DHL delivery service launched in Germany a test with the delivery of drugs and other packages with high importance drones to the island of Juist. It would be the first to actually authorized drones go global package delivery.
The “DHL parcelcopter ‘at set times throughout the week and weekends off and fly from Norddeich to the island Juist, Borkum and Memmert that after the third German island is seen from the Dutch border. The distance to the mainland is concerned 12 kilometers and the route is completely automated passed: there would be no pilot needed during flight. Well keep a driver from a ground station in Norddeich the drone continuously monitored to intervene and there is continuous contact with air traffic control.
The drugs and other goods are transported in a specially secured container and drone has its own landing place on the island. From there, pick up a regular courier the package to deliver them. Away at the door
DHL has been working since December 2013 to the drone, working together with the Institute of Flight System Dynamics of the Aachen University and the company Micro Drones. In recent months, the unmanned aircraft considerably modified and DHL parcelcopter 2.0 would be the sea wind and other weather conditions of the North Sea is now able to stand.
Concrete plans to also set the drone for delivery in other places did not. DHL First, the company wants the results of the pilot project at Just wait and evaluate. However, calls the service deploying parcelcopters to bring an ‘interesting option’. packets to remote areas Amazon is also experimenting with drones for the delivery of goods.
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