Mail drone tested in Arctic

Mail drone tested in Arctic

March 31, 2023

For the first time, the Russian Post organization delivered a shipment to an addressee beyond the Arctic Circle using a UAV.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Addressees living beyond the Arctic Circle received their parcels thanks to the BAS-200 apparatus of the Russian Helicopters holding. The unmanned aerial vehicle performed demonstration flights for the Russian Post in the Salehard area of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District at low temperatures.

Flights of the BAS-200 helicopter-type drone were carried out as part of the Aeropiloted Cargo Delivery project launched by the Russian Post.

Test flights of the BAS-200 in Yamal became the first experience in Russia of cargo transportation by heavy helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles in the Far North. The BAS-200 apparatus was temporarily introduced into the work of the Russian Post and provided air transportation of postal items across the Ob river from Salehard to the Labytnangi settlement.

The flights took place at a temperature of minus 30 degrees, and the payload mass was 10 kilograms. According to the developers, this weight is not the limit for the new UAV – the improvement of the BAS-200 continues, its operational capabilities are being expanded.

In difficult climatic and navigation conditions, despite extreme conditions, limited visibility and low temperatures, the BAS-200 proved the high performance of all systems.

The flights were carried out with high intensity – up to seven flights a day. At the same time, the unmanned aerial system demonstrated high efficiency. Flight preparation took no more than 20 minutes.

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostech State Corporation is one of the world leaders in the helicopter industry, the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. Formed in 2007. The structure includes five helicopter factories, a national center for helicopter manufacturing, which combines the competencies of two design bureaus, as well as enterprises for the production and maintenance of components, aircraft repair plants and a service company that provides after-sales support in Russia and abroad.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: press service of the Rostech State Corporation

March 31, 2023

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