Drones deliver letters – level 3

08-08-2023 07:00

The UK’s first drone delivery service that can be conducted permanently has been launched in Orkney to provide locals with their mail.

Orkey’s a group of islands, and it’s introduced the first mail delivery in the country. The Orkney I-Port initiative, in collaboration with Royal Mail and drone company Skyports, aims to transport letters and packages between islands. The program involves cooperation with the local council’s harbor authority and Loganair Airline. Initially lasting three months, the drone service may become permanent due to Orkney’s unique landscape and close island proximity. This innovation is expected to enhance delivery speed and reliability to remote areas like Graemsay and Hoy, often affected by weather and geography disruptions.

The fully electric drones, operated by Skyports, will carry items between islands using the Speedbird Aero DLV-2 drone, capable of transporting up to 6 kilograms. This effort is funded by the Department for Transport’s Freight Innovation Fund.

Difficult words: permanent (lasting for a long time or forever), proximity (closeness), enhance (to increase or improve the quality or extent of something).

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