UPS develops its own fleet of fast delivery drones that can travel up to 150 mph and remain stable on winds of 45 mph
- UPS will collaborate with the German Wingcopter to develop a new fleet of drones
- The drones will be both fast and durable, intended for time-sensitive deliveries
- Wingcopter drones have been treacherously used to bring supplies to remote island locations in Ireland, Vanuatu and elsewhere
UPS has partnered with German technology company Wingcopter to build a fleet of robust, fast drones.
The drones will be based on a model designed by Wingcopter, which can travel at speeds of up to 150 mph and has a range of 75 miles.
The drones can also withstand various difficult weather conditions, including wind speeds of up to 45 mph.
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UPS will develop a new fleet of fast and flexible drones together with the German technology company Wingcopter
The agreements mark the first external collaboration for UPS’s Flight Forward program, which aims to develop a range of drone delivery options, according to a report in TechCrunch.
“The delivery of drones is not a one-size-fits-all operation,” said Bala Ganesh of UPS. “Our partnership with Wingcopter helps pave the way for us to start the drone delivery service in new use cases.”
“UPS Flight Forward is building a network of technology partners to broaden our unique ability to serve customers and expand our leadership in drone delivery.”
One of the main goals of the program is to create different types of delivery drones to meet different delivery needs.
The Wingcopter drones are specially designed to be maneuverable with fast vertical takeoffs and landings.
They also have the ability to accelerate quickly for time-sensitive cargo that more conventional drone designs may not be suitable for.
In the past, Wingcopter has focused on delivering under difficult geographic conditions.
The new UPS drones can land and take off quickly, reaching top speeds of 150 mph and withstanding wind speeds of up to 45 mph
The drones are used to deliver insulin to remote islands off the coast of Ireland that are not on regular service routes.
It has also partnered with UNICEF and the Department of Health to deliver vaccines to Vanuatu, a small Pacific country made up of about 80 different islands.
In 2019, UPS’s Flight Forward program became the first drone delivery service to receive approval from the Feberal Aviation Authority, beating both Amazon and Alphabet.
The company is currently running drone delivery programs in selected markets in partnership with CVS.