Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery Testing Report

(All times in minutes)

Test 5

Test 1

Deconfliction

Results

Control

Difference

Number of Flights

5

15

-10

Distance (total feet)

1052.4

580.6

471.8

Time Ascending (Takeoff)

0.58

0.25

0.33

Time to Target

0.71

0.79

-0.08

Time on Target

2.3

0.68

1.62

Time Returning

0.31

0.25

0.06

Time Descending (Landing)

0.59

0.31

0.28

Total Elapsed Time

4.49

2.28

2.21

Speed to Target (mph)

8.9

4.8

4.1

Speed Returning

19.5

15.2

4.3

Battery Consumption

21.3%

10.7%

10.5%

This test replicated the target locations that a ​ DroneUp ​ team delivered to test 3B. In Test 5, the DroneUp ​ team was slower getting to the target, faster on the target, and the same speed returning. ​ DroneUp ​ ’s total elapsed time per flight was 24 seconds slower in this set of flights versus the same flights in 3B. The Airboss for this test noted that there were times he had to ask the ​ DroneUp ​ team to “climb and hold” because the Workhorse team was slow to respond to radio requests. Additional or more comprehensive training on radio operations may have mitigated this problem. In any case, having disparate teams operating in the same airspace did slow down the delivery pace.

Test 6 Results

Test 6 was night operations. Four of the 8 members of the pilot teams had FAA Part 107.29 Daylight Waivers and previous night flying experience. All members had passed a night operations training webinar put on by the ​ DroneUp ​ Airboss on April 6 (average score 92%). Flights were flown with anti-collision lights and down-pointing searchlights. The target locations for the 15 deliveries in Test 6 were locations 3-1 through 3-5. All 15 payloads were delivered within the 10-foot target circle. No demerits were scored. The average statistics for Test 6, which are all-night flights, are presented below and compared to the average of all-day flights

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