Swiss drone testing begins

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Swiss Post July 2015 Matternet One drone flight testing

Swiss WorldCargo, US drone firm Matternet and Switzerlands’ state owned postal service Swiss Post began drone flight testing last week.

The tests with the drone (see picture) will occur this month, but the partners do not expect routine drone use to become a reality for another five years, citing regulatory hurdles and battery life. The drones are expected to be used for emergency deliveries in disaster relief, delivering to remote locations and for special express consignments. The testing will use Matternet’s first product, Matternet One.

It is capable of transporting one kilogramme over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge. The companies are investigating drone technology and its cost effectiveness.