Royal Mail pilots drone delivery to remote islands
As part of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, drones are being used in Royal Mail trials to deliver mail to remote islands. The company has begun working with Windracers Ltd to conduct a two-week regular automatic flight test between Kirkwall and North Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands to help better connect remote island communities.
The mail is transported by a large twin-engine drone called Ultra made in the UK, which can transport 100 kilograms of mail of various shapes and sizes-equivalent to a typical delivery wheel. When letters and packages arrive at an island farther north than the southern tip of Norway, the local postman will deliver the letters and packages in the usual way. There are about 70 people here.
The trial of drone technology is just one of the ways we support postmen and female postmen to provide excellent services while reducing carbon emissions. "If the trial is successful, Royal Mail will consider using the technology to support postmen and female postmen to deliver mail to remote areas and addresses across the UK. Drones can fly in severe weather conditions, including fog, because they are unmanned Yes, unlike ship services, they are not affected by tides.
In May 2021, it trialed a drone package delivery service with Windracers Ltd and conducted the first inter-island delivery in the Isles of Scilly, which is also known as the UK's first. The trial between Kirkwall and North Ronald Race began on Monday and lasted until Friday, October 15th, with flights taking place on weekdays.
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