Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery Testing Report

Test 5 Limitations: ​ For the purposes of test integrity the ​ DroneUp ​ flight crew performed the drop function using only the stock DJI Inspire 2 and supporting hardware, excluding the drop mechanism. All Inspire 2 batteries were fully charged at the start of the test. The Workhorse flight team utilized their standard controller and associated software. No other software was used in flight to complete the operation. The RPIC’s, LoadMasters, and VO’s all maintained direct 2-way communication with each other and the Air Boss during the test. Test 5 End State: ​ The test was complete when each flight crew attempted one delivery (successful or unsuccessful) at each of their 5 defined locations, for a total of 5 flights for each of the 2 teams. 9.6 TEST 6: Night Operations – ​ Determine the performance impact of night operations Test 6 Objective: ​ The objective of Test 6 was to understand the impact of night operations on drone deliveries and determine what, if any, different procedures must be implemented to ensure the safety and efficiency of drone deliveries at night. Test 6 Description: ​ Test 6 was performed identically to Test 2, but flight operations began after evening civil twilight. Test 6 Location: ​ Test 6 used the same locations identified for Test #2. Test 6 Resources: ​ 3 Inspire 2, 9 RPIC/Loadmaster/VO’s, red night lights for ground vision enhancement, anti-collision lights installed on the drones per FAA regulations, communications radios. Test 6 Limitations: ​ For the purposes of test integrity flight crews performed the drop function using only the stock DJI Inspire 2 and supporting hardware, excluding the drop mechanism. All Inspire 2 batteries were fully charged at the start of the test. No other software was used in flight to complete the operation. The RPIC and VO maintained direct 2-way communication at all times during the test.

Test 6 End State: ​ The test was complete when each flight crew attempted one delivery (successful or unsuccessful) at each of their 5 defined locations, for a total of 15 flights.

9.7 Proof of Concept 1: Thermal Imagery

Proof of Concept 1 determined how aerial thermography might be used to identify groups of persons who may be in violation of certain state-sponsored quarantine and distancing orders. An Inspire 1 drone outfitted with a FLIR XT thermal camera was used.

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