Drone-delivery specialist lifts the lid on its secret testing facility

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Drone-delivery specialist Wing has unveiled its secret test facility in Australia.

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A video (below) shared by the Alphabet-owned company shows how its team is continuing to develop its drone technology, as well as providing residents with snacks and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in places like Logan City, near Brisbane. Distributed test services. ,

Customers using Wing’s delivery service can order items using the app on their smartphones. When the drone arrives, it drops the package to the ground via a tether before flying back to base.

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While Wing has been testing drone-based delivery services in a very limited number of locations in the US and Finland over the past few years, most of its research and testing is being conducted in several locations in Australia, where authorities are more relaxed. such services.

“We obviously want to bring this to the US,” says Wing Flight Test Engineer Tony in the video. “And so a focus of the flight test team this year has been on type certification [certifying the airworthiness of a particular category of aircraft], By using this feature to test the durability and reliability cycle among other components, we hope to eventually receive type certification in the US.

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The test facility in the video shows the wing’s “48-pad array,” which includes multiple launch and landing pads that allow the team to test multiple flights simultaneously.

The video also offers a glimpse at the Wings Ground Control Station, which serves as an air traffic control facility so that crews can confirm the exact whereabouts of the autonomous flying machines as they discuss to and from the delivery address.

We also get to see the “Nestlet,” essentially a shipping container containing all the necessary equipment to allow Wing to set up a drone-delivery facility within a day. The ability to set up a light drone operation in less than 24 hours could be useful in a post-earthquake or flood emergency, when it becomes difficult to obtain supplies to cut off individuals or communities.

The company appears to be making good progress with its service in Australia, having done over 100,000 delivery flights so far this year. Moving forward, Wing engineers continue to upgrade delivery drones for more efficient and quieter flights, seeking certification to allow them to move beyond the testing phase.




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