Tech & Science Airbus drone set to deliver parcels throughout a university campus

15:06  12 february  2018
15:06  12 february  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

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The parcel delivery system is scheduled to be fully operational this year at the National University of Singapore.

The parties plan to test the delivery of small parcels using unmanned drones on the campus of the National University of Singapore. In the future, the air delivery system will be able to save lives, delivering medicines throughout the city without using the road infrastructure.

a group of people jumping in the air: Airbus' drone delivers parcels throughout this university campus © Provided by CNBC Airbus' drone delivers parcels throughout this university campus Airbus completed its first flight demonstration of an air vehicle which will eventually deliver parcels to stations around a university campus in Singapore.

Unmanned drones will begin flying between parcel stations on campus by the middle of the year. The drones will land on roofs of stations, where a robotic arm will retrieve a package and place it in an individual locker. Customers can then pick up their package at any hour from the lockers.

CNBC attended the initial flight demonstration at the National University of Singapore campus where the drone appeared quite large and carried a packaged shirt inside.

The drone can carry between 2 to 4 kilograms, under 9 pounds. The machine weighs approximately 25 kilograms, which is about 55 pounds.

A representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said the eventual plan is to roll out the drone parcel delivery system across the city-state, so long as it's done in phases.

Airbus is joining the race to dominate the highways of the sky against competition from tech giants Google and Amazon.

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