Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery Testing Report

○ All pre-programmed flights went directly to the appropriate target. Once resumed above the target, the pre-programmed flights all returned directly to the takeoff point. ○ The pre-programmed flights were, on average, 52 seconds longer than the manual flights. Thirty-four of those extra seconds occurred over the target because the arrival altitude was higher on average than manual flights and there was a learning curve navigating the “pause for landing” and resume features. The remaining 18 seconds came from pilots manually flying faster to and from the targets than the pre-programmed flights were programmed to fly. ○ Conclusion on Pre-programmed Flights: The jury is out on whether pre-programming the flights brings value. The flight paths were certainly straighter but the battery consumption and overall flight times were also greater. It is possible that tuning the altitudes and flight speeds, especially if there are not potential conflicting flights involved, would make this model more attractive than manual flights due to the consistency of path and speed and elimination of pilot error. ● Interruption of Pre-programmed flights. ​ The Airboss for Test 3A instructed the flight teams that just like there is no crying in baseball, there is no, “I hit the tree because the pre-programmed flight flew into it.” He cautioned them to have their finger on the P-mode switch at all times to pause the pre-programmed flight if necessary. This happened one time and the Blue Team handled the situation well. More time should be

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