UPS Upgrades Unmanned Drone Fleet
UPS drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward will collaborate with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for multiple uses in the United States and internationally.
Both companies will work toward earning regulatory certification for a Wingcopter unmanned aircraft to make commercial delivery flights in the United States and build a fleet of drones with diverse capabilities.
The Wingcopter drones execute vertical takeoffs and landings in tight spaces. Their main function is the patented tilt-rotor mechanism, which enables a seamless transition between hovering and high-speed forward flight. These capabilities may allow UPS to develop solutions that go beyond the healthcare and retail industries and into high-tech, industrial manufacturing, hospitality, and entertainment.
Wingcopter has completed multiple global projects, such as delivering insulin to an Irish island in the North Sea that is frequently cut off from the mainland due to bad weather.