Royal Mail drone delivery

The Skyports drone on The Isles of Scilly. Photograph By Chris Gorman / Royal Mail

This week, Royal Mail drone delivery takes a step forward with the first trial autonomous, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights between the UK mainland and an island, as they deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), COVID testing kits and other mail to the Isles of Scilly.

The pandemic has given the project an important focus by delivering supplies to the most remote communities in the islands, but the Government-funded project, which has been developed in partnership with DronePrep, Skyports, Consortiq Limited, University of Southampton, Excalibur Healthcare Services and Windracers Limited, will help demonstrate Royal Mail drone delivery and all of its benefits.  “The Windracers drone is also able to accommodate mail of most shapes and sizes, enabling more general mail to be transported to the islands as part of the trial,” says the announcement.

The flight route for the…