Saturday 12 July 2014

First past the post as drones let fly

Karla Krantz Frankfurt

Published 10/12/2013|23:33

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A Deutsche Post DHL prototype ‘parcelcopter’ takes to the air in Bonn
A Deutsche Post DHL prototype ‘parcelcopter’ takes to the air in Bonn

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places.

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The small pilotless helicopter flew a package of medicine yesterday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to three kilos.

Company spokesman Thomas Kutsch says the flights all this week were strictly a research project to see if the technology worked and there were no plans yet to start actual drone deliveries. The test flights required permission from local aviation authorities.

Online retailer Amazon is also working on a drone to deliver goods.


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