With what could possibly be a radical shift in the traditional postal delivery systems, India Post has satisfactorily finished its very first drone mail delivery trial project with a Gurugram-based startup, TechEagle Innovations. TechEagle is India’s first and largest manufacturer of high-speed, long-range, and heavy-payload delivery drone logistics systems.
As a part of the pilot test, a parcel was delivered from Bhuj to Bhachau talukas of Kutch, Gujarat, covering an approximate distance of 46 km in almost 25 minutes, which is 5x faster than the time taken by surface transportation.
In a tweet, TechEagle Innovations tweeted, ‘It was the longest drone delivery in a single flight and that too in a harsh weather environment, with a wind speed of more than 31 km/hr.’
The delivery was effectuated using TechEagle’s hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone christened ‘VertiplaneX3’, which has the capacity of taking off and landing vertically akin to a helicopter from a compact area of 5m×5m. VertiplaneX3 can effectively carry a substantial payload of 3kg over a distance of over 100 km with a maximum velocity of 120 km/hr, making it the fastest eVTOL drone made in India.
Equipped with multiple fail-safe options and a dynamic design that makes it water and dustproof, the eVTOL can outstand a 45 km/hr wind force and extreme temperatures between -15°C to 30°C. These features make it ideal for medical, military, maritime, hyperlocal, and e-commerce deliveries.
Co-founder and COO of TechEagle Innovations, Anshu Abhishek, explained how the initiative is aimed at facilitating speedy deliveries throughout the urban and rural areas of the country. He elaborated on how the project offers an opportunity to potential stakeholders to commercialize and upgrade mail delivery services in India.