Russia debuts postal drone, which immediately crashes into wall

Posted: April 4, 2018 by oldbrew in humour, innovation, News

Ex-drone, somewhere in Siberia

Testing in public – a risky business.

Russia wants to use drones to deliver mail in Siberia. If this first test is any indication, their technology isn’t quite there yet, reports Futurism.

Someday, in the future, our skies will be full of whirring machines delivering anything we could ever want or need, from medical supplies to pizzas to the latest item from our Amazon overlords.

That day is not today.

On Monday, Russia’s postal service tested a delivery drone in the city of Ulan-Ude, Siberia. Instead, though, the drone crashed violently into a wall of nearby building, turning the UAV into a mess of jumbled parts.

Russia had announced its plans to start delivering mail via drone. It seems like a smart idea, especially in such a huge country where severe weather often interrupts mail delivery.

Here was the original plan for Monday’s test. The $20,000 drone was supposed to pick up a small package and deliver it to a nearby village, Reuters reports. Instead the device failed spectacularly, only making it a short distance before crashing into a three-story building. The small crowd gathered to watch the test can be heard uttering expletives, according to Reuters.

No one was injured in the crash, and it didn’t do any damage, except to Russia’s pride.

“We won’t stop with this, we will keep trying,” Alexei Tsydenov, the head of the region who was present at the test, told Reuters. “Those who don’t risk don’t get a result.”

Source: Russia Debuts Postal Drone, Which Immediately Crashes Into Wall | Futurism

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  1. Bitter@twisted says:

    Good job it wasn’t nerve gas they were delivering.
    Just a thought.

  2. oldbrew says:

    B&T – how do you know that? 😎

  3. BoyfromTottenham says:

    If this drone couldn’t avoid a 3 storey building, what chance would it have of avoiding a child? Drone delivery of anything is a total crock of an idea, for a heap of reasons.

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    Because I work for MI5.
    Whoops- blown it

    [reply] 🙂

  5. oldbrew says:

    ‘The $20,000 drone’

    It’s like driving a brand new post office van into a brick wall on its first day.

  6. tallbloke says:

    “Left a bit!”