Tonic Boom! Drone successfully flies NHS deliveries from the mainland to the Isles of Scilly for the first time – before returning them with the local GIN
- It is the first cargo delivery of drones between commercial airports in the UK
- Drones could now potentially carry items including medical supplies
- The plane was brought back to the mainland with gin and native flowers
A drone successfully transported NHS supplies from the mainland to the Isles of Scilly for the first time, which were then shipped back laden with gin.
The unmanned aircraft delivered an NHS supply box on a 60-mile round trip to St. Mary's Airport. This is the first drone cargo shipment between two commercial airports in the UK.
This groundbreaking voyage has been heralded as "paving the way" for a new lifeline connection to the remote islands off the Cornish coast.
The drone then returned to Land & # 39; s End Airport from the islands with local flower and alcohol products.
Currently, most of the cargo is shipped to the islands, with some being carried by air with passengers.
Currently, most of the cargo is shipped to the islands, with some being carried by air with passengers
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group [ISSG] said the flight paved the way for a new lifeline link with the remote islands off Cornwall
The unmanned vehicle returned to Land & # 39; s End Airport with local products like gin and flowers
Hopefully, however, drones can now carry items like medical supplies like Covid tests and urgent vehicle parts.
The project is a collaboration between the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which provides boat and air transport to the islands, and the Hampshire-based company Flylogix.
Following the successful flight, plans are now being made to introduce a daily drone freight service between the mainland and Scilly next summer.
If the three-month trial is successful, a “full commercial operation” with a “bespoke” drone could be operational within two years.
Stuart Reid, managing director of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which has been providing a service from mainland Cornish to Scilly since 1920 and owns Land & # 39; s End Airport, said: “When a group of islanders started the Steamship Company all those years ago, They could hardly have imagined today's amazing milestone of delivering goods with an unmanned aircraft.
& # 39; We have shown that a drone freight service is not only technically feasible, it also has the potential to deliver time sensitive, high quality items to the island community using aircraft that are 98% lower in emissions than a manned equivalent. & # 39;
It is hoped that in the future, drones will be able to carry items such as medical supplies and urgent vehicle parts
The project is a collaboration between the ISSG, which provides boat and air transport to the islands, and Hampshire-based Flylogix
Charles Tavner, Executive Chairman of Flylogix added: & # 39; This is a very significant test flight as it paves the way for us to work with the community on Scilly towards a planned commercial drone service and break new ground in the UK for the integration of unmanned people involves airplanes with manned commercial flights.
"Really valuable services need to be informed about what a community really needs. So we're excited to be working with the Steamship Company to jointly build this new service."
The move was also welcomed by the Isles of Scilly Council. Chairman Robert Francis said, “This can be an important additional delivery option, especially for urgent or time sensitive payloads such as medical tests or machine parts.
& # 39; It could also improve the resilience of our remote island community during the winter months or bad weather. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this successful maiden flight. & # 39;
The aircraft will initially be used for items such as medical supplies like Covid tests and specialty boat parts.
If successful, larger unmanned aircraft could be used to bring regular cargo and possibly luggage to the islands in the future.