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Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight

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A drone delivery by F-drones to a ship off Singapore.

Singapore launched its first aerial drone delivery service in April.

Credit: F-drones

Singapore launched its first drone delivery service on April 19, with a parcel of vitamins dropped onto a ship anchored off the island.

The service was established via a partnership between Eastern Pacific Shipping and local startup F-drones, whose unmanned aircraft can carry up to 5 kilograms (11 pounds) and travel up to 5 kilometers (3.10 miles).

Drone delivery's advantages over Singapore's traditional use of launch boats include avoidance of delays caused by choppy seas.

F-drone's Nicolas Ang said the service reduces unnecessary human contact—an important consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

F-drones said it will build a bigger drone that will be able to transport heavier items across longer distances.

From The Straits Times
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