Airbus Helicopters’ parcel delivering drone ‘Skyways’ has successfully completed its first flight demonstration at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
“The drone took off from its dedicated maintenance centre and landed on the roof of a specially designed parcel station where a parcel was automatically loaded via a robotic arm. Once successfully loaded with the parcel, the Skyways drone took off again and returned to land, demonstrating its automatic unloading capability.” Airbus said in a press release.
How the delivery system works?
A delivery man places a parcel in a locker at the parcel stations and send a command to drone detailing the location of the parcel. Then the drone will dock to parcel station where an robotic arm picks up the parcel from the locker and loads it under the drone. The drone, then flies an equally fully automated route called ‘aerial corridors’ and lands at the destination parcel station where it will automatically unload the parcel into a locker via a robotic arm. The customer receives a delivery notification on his/her smartphone saying the parcel is ready for pick up at the parcel station.
NUS Campus students and staff will be able to make use of Skyways while under test phase to have small parcels between 2kg and 4kg delivered to designated parcel stations within the campus, which is the size of 150 football fields. Airbus plans to expand the services through out Asia for Urban parcel deliveries.
NU Senior Deputy President and Provost, Professor Ho Teck Hua said “Students from the NUS Faculty of Engineering also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience as interns with Airbus for this project. We look forward to working closely with Airbus”