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Russia's new mail delivery drone crashes into wall during inaugural flight

The Independent

A postal drone in Russia crashed into a wall and smashed into pieces during its maiden flight. The unmanned aerial vehicle took off to deliver a small package to a village near Ulan-Ude, a city in Siberia, but hit a three-storey building shortly after lifting off from a mini launch pad in front of a crowd of spectators. The drone had been touted as a new way to deliver post in the rural Buryatia region, located more than 2,700 miles from the Russian capital Moscow. Video footage of the crash showed the vehicle taking off before veering into the apartment building and showering onlookers with debris. No one was harmed in the incident.


Russian postal drone crashes into a wall at top speed on its maiden flight in Ulan-Ude Siberia

Daily Mail

A Russian-made drone on its way to making its first parcel delivery has crashed into a wall just moments after taking off. The smash shocked local residents and regional officials who had gathered in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude on Monday to watch the drone's maiden flight. The drone was sent to deliver a small package to a neighbouring village in the sparsely populated Buryatia region, more than 4,400km east of Moscow. Video footage showed the drone lifting off from a miniature launch pad bearing Russian Post's blue and white logo. A small crowd of spectators, present for the ceremony intended to showcase a new way to deliver mail in the region, were heard uttering expletives after the crash.


$20,000 mail drone takes flight -- and hits a wall

Engadget

Want to know why mail drones aren't ready for prime time? The Siberian town of Ulan-Ude was expecting to beam with pride as organizer Rudron/Expeditor 3M tested a postal drone in the area for the first time, but they left red-faced after the inaugural flight went spectacularly wrong. The hexacopter courier went haywire moments after takeoff, smacking into the side of a building at high speed -- as you can see in the video below, it went from technological triumph to an embarrassing pile of scrap metal in a matter of seconds. It was a costly crash, too, as the drone reportedly cost about $20,000. It's not certain what went wrong, although regional leader Alexei Tsydenov speculated to Reuters that the 100-plus WiFi signals in the area might have played a part.


Russian postal drone crashes into wall on maiden flight – video

The Guardian

Russia's test launch of mail delivery service by drone ends in spectacular failure in the Siberian city Ulan-Ude.


A beginner's guide to flying your drone without crashing it

Popular Science

Let's face it--nobody reads the manual. In fact, many gadgets no longer come with printed instructions. But when it comes to drones, you should read that guide to learn about the gadget's controls before you take it for a spin. We know, it's boring--think of the time spent as a sacrifice you're making to ensure you don't crash your expensive flying machine. Once the drone's features seem familiar, try a low-key first flight: Hover a few feet off the ground in an obstacle-free space like your backyard.


Airbus' drone taxi has successfully completed its first 53-second test flight

Mashable

Airbus has just unveiled footage from the first test flight of Project Vahana's'Alpha One' prototype. During the brief flight, the all-electric, self-piloted aircraft managed to go as high as 16 feet and land safely on the ground.



How Airbus' Flying Taxis Could Be The Next Great Idea For Singapore's Congested Roads

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Traffic congestion is one of the most prevalent and frustrating characteristics associated with major cities. Despite being known as the "Garden City," Singapore has one of the highest road densities of developed nations with 4.8km of road for each square kilometre of land. Singapore also has one of the highest ratios of vehicles per kilometre of road at 232. This is significantly higher than Japan (63), France (39), the United Kingdom (77) and the United States (37). Even though the country has put in place a range of incentives and constraints to limit the impact cars have on the city-state with a system of quotas, registration fees, and congestion charges, traffic congestion still remains a major concern.


Drone Used To Save 2 Teens Caught In Dangerous Australian Waves

NPR

Two teenage boys, struggling to make their way back to shore, were saved by a drone in Australia on Wednesday, in what officials say is a first-of-its-kind rescue mission by an unmanned aircraft -- one captured by the drone's camera and later broadcast by Arab News and other outlets.