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Sign here please : Singapore's postal service begin testing drones to deliver mail

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 08/10/2015 | 14:49

The SingPost drone
Credit: SingPost
The SingPost drone Credit: SingPost

Singapore's national postal service, SingPost, have begun testing drones to use as part of their delivery service.

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Last week they announced that one of their 'unmanned aerial vehicles' had flown over two kilometres to deliver a letter and a T-shirt to an island off the northeast coast of Singapore.

The journey took a mere five minutes.

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SingPost worked with a government technology agency, to construct the drone and used a custom smartphone to direct it.

The drone was battery operated.

"It will be a while before it is viable for drone mail delivery to take off in Singapore, taking into consideration commercial and safety factors," a government spokesperson said

However this isn't the world's first successful drone delivery.

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Three months ago an Australian drone delivery startup called Flirtey succeeded in carrying medical supplies and delivering them an airfield 57 kilometres away.

The Swiss Post also started testing a drone delivery system in July, while France's Le Groupe La Poste commenced testing short flights in 2014.

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