Zipline New Drones Release Tethered Mini-Drones For Precision Package Deliveries


Today, Zipline is introducing its new drone delivery platform, which it claims can deliver a 10-mile package in 10 minutes and accurately place parcels on tiny targets like a patio table or a house’s front steps.

The business refers to the new drone as a “delivery droid,” and Zipline names it the Platform 2 (P2) Zip. It employs a system of cables to lower the cargo inside a charming tiny container that resembles a minibus. At the delivery site, the P2 Zip hovers more than 300 feet above the ground, keeping its noise and blades away from humans (as well as trees, cables, and buildings) in order to release its attached robot.

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Using its propellers, the droid can navigate while descending, land, and gently release its payload.

The P2 delivery system may be put in a building and function as a freestanding dock where staff members can step outside and load up a droid, or it can be used as a tunnel to lower a droid and wait for someone to load it. The concept is that instead of requiring each facility to oversee its own drone setup, the flying Zips could handle deliveries from a variety of enterprises, picking up their payload from various ports as needed.

Zipline claims that its P2 can travel dynamically from dock to dock to charge as needed and be prepared to take orders, much like Wing’s recently revealed delivery network. Without a payload, P2 can go up to 24 miles in one direction and up to 10 miles with six to eight pounds of weight. In contrast, Wing’s drone has a three-pound carrying capacity and a maximum one-way flight distance of 12 miles.

The Rwandan government has been utilizing Zipline’s original platform for years to distribute blood, vaccinations, and medical supplies using airplane-like drones that can travel 50 kilometers and drop parachutes. Head of Global Aviation Regulatory Affairs for Zipline, Okeoma Moronu, stated in a news release that the firm has done over 500,000 deliveries and intends to reach 1 million by the end of 2023.

Additionally, Walmart conducted tests on it in Arkansas, and it has been utilized for COVID-19 vaccinations in Ghana and for medical supplies in North Carolina. The Rwandan government, a number of rural healthcare providers, and Sweetgreen are among the partners who have already committed to testing the updated version.

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