Wing Drone Delivery in Ireland is “Up Up and Away”

Wing is real­ly excit­ed about drone deliv­ery in Ire­land. Not only does it offer the com­pa­ny a foot in the Euro­pean door for 2023, but the Irish peo­ple show a real appetite for this futur­is­tic busi­ness, espe­cial­ly after the recent tri­al suc­cess­es of Ireland’s own com­pa­ny, Man­na Aero.

News first broke of Wing’s for­ay to the North Dublin sub­urb of Lusk, a month ago, and since locals have been able to attend meet­ings, see the craft up close and watch flight demon­stra­tions. A com­mon ques­tion at such an event was, “What if we have lots of drones in the sky and they start crash­ing into each oth­er?”

“Not pos­si­ble,” answers a com­pa­ny spokesper­son. “There are safe­guards in place and com­pet­ing drone deliv­ery oper­a­tors are not allowed to fly in the same area.”

Local man, Albert Cruise, told rte.ie, he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing drones in the sky. “It’ll be nice to watch them because I remem­ber the first lit­tle air­plane that land­ed in Lusk in a field at the back of my house over 65 years ago.”

Wing chose Lusk (a pop­u­la­tion of 8,000) as the loca­tion for its first Irish test flights because it is a com­mu­ni­ty with “a strong local spir­it and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion”, allow­ing the com­pa­ny to inter­act with a wide range of peo­ple.

Novem­ber 17th was the big day when the actu­al tri­al began. As part of an ini­tial pro­mo­tion, the com­mu­ni­ty is being asked to test the ser­vice with offers of free select­ed items. Just sign up to this ‘sweet­en­er’ via the Wing App and a drone will arrive car­ry­ing a gift pack­age.

How­ev­er, unlike its com­mer­cial drone deliv­er­ies in the US, Fin­land and Aus­tralia, where prod­ucts can be flown to your home and gen­tly dropped in to back­yards or on front lawns, it is lim­it­ing deliv­er­ies in Lusk to just three spots in the Chapel Farm Park area. The drones take off from an indus­tri­al facil­i­ty 2km out­side of the town.

For now, locals can only order a free sur­prise gift pack, three days per week, dur­ing des­ig­nat­ed hours. Deliv­ery nor­mal­ly takes between five and ten min­utes from the order being placed. The drones fly at an alti­tude of 50 to 100 metres at a speed of around 100kph.

It is what the trade might call “a soft launch.”

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(News Source: www.standard.co.uk)

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