DHL Parcelcopter. IMAGE/ COURTESY

German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL, which owns the DHL courier company, has launched parcel delivery service in Tanzania using drones.

The drones famously known as Parcelcopters were first used in Germany to deliver medication to remote island villages and mountain top villages.

The drone can carry 6 kg of cargo in an insulated compartment, flying autonomously at a top speed of 150 km/h for a maximum distance of 100 km per charge of its battery pack – 45 km (28 miles) if it’s carrying a full load.

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The drones (Parcelcopter 4.0) were built by German manufacturer Wingcopter and can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, as well as transitioning to faster and more energy-efficient fixed-wing flight while en route.

According to information of the Wingcopter’s website, over a six-month period, they successfully tested the delivery of health commodities using a drone flying to Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria. During the trials, the autonomous DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 completed the 60 km flight from the mainland to the island in 40 minutes on average. A total of 2,200 km were flown and roughly 2,000 flight minutes recorded during the pilot project.

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