Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery Testing Report

Summary of Delivery Capacity 1.275-pound Payload on Inspire 2 Drone 3-Person Delivery Team (RPIC, LoadMaster, VO)

Target

Round

Take-Off,

Time

Time From Total

Del per

Del per

Distance

Trip

Payload / Landing, to Target

Target

Time

Team

3 Teams

Drop Time

One Way Distance Batt Time

@ 8mph @ 15mph Per Del Per 8 (Net 7) Per 8 (Net 7)

(feet)

(miles)

(min)

(min)

(min)

(min)

(min)

Hour Shift

Hour Shift

500

0.2

1.0

2.2

0.7

0.4

4.3

98

294

1000

0.4

1.0

2.2

1.4

0.8

5.4

78

234

1500

0.6

1.0

2.2

2.1

1.1

6.5

65

195

2000

0.8

1.0

2.2

2.8

1.5

7.6

56

167

2500

0.9

1.0

2.2

3.6

1.9

8.6

49

146

In addition to 90 recorded deliveries, successful demonstration test-flights included using drone thermal imagery to see humans and drones at night, using a drone as a public address system, showing that drone noise is not harmful to hearing and delivering a package to an automated drone package mailbox.

Important lessons learned include:

● The operating procedures for handing off the line-of-site responsibility between the RPIC and the VO can be better defined. ● The operating procedures for the use of radios can be streamlined. ● The terminology used by the VO to instruct the pilot on how to reposition the drone in the target area can be better defined. ● The use of checklists before and between flights can be refined and enforced. ● Providing lighting of some kind on drop targets at night might improve speed. ● Pre-programmed flights help ensure consistent flight parameters but take longer than manual flights. ● Providing the mission commander with a dashboard showing locations and video feeds from all active drones is helpful. DroneUp ​ is encouraged by the success of this operation. Not only did the pilots hit obscured and obstacle-ridden targets 100% of the time, but over 50 significant lessons

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