Drone Cargo Service In Japan: Orders Drop To Homes From The Sky – Last Minute Technology News


Customers order their urgent or light daily necessities such as medicines and medical products via the internet from the island. Orders reach the store. Parachute loading service fee is 1000 yen (about US$7).

The order, which reaches the shopper such as a pharmacy or supermarket, is packed and loaded into the front van. The van goes to the drone center of Sora-iina.

The packaged order that reaches the drone center is placed in the red and parachute mailbox. The mailbox is placed on the drone. The drone in the warehouse derails and is placed on an installed slingshot-like sled next to it.

Launched by a medieval catapult, the drone takes off in an instant. The drone, which begins to glide through the air, calculates the direction it will go and heads for that part of the island.

The winged drone, which can reach a cruising speed of 100 kilometers per hour, has a maximum range of 80 kilometers from the delivery center. The drones, which are easy to disassemble, made of Styrofoam and plastic, also cause very little damage to objects in the event of a collision.


When the drone reaches the delivery point previously entered into its system, it opens the hoods on its body and drops the payload to the ground from a height of hundreds of feet. With the opening of the parachutes on the load, the ordered product enters a simple free fall.

There may be a 10-meter deviation when landing parachute loads, with the product delivery success rate being 97 percent. Other than windy weather, there are no serious problems.

The drone drops its parachute load, glides through the air and automatically detects its way back to the center.

The drone, sensing that it is approaching the center, slows down and is caught like a captured bird by attaching itself to the wire suspended in the air by the hook on its tail.


The drones, which are currently being developed and produced with a density of Styrofoam material, can carry up to 1.8 kilograms, including their boxes and parachutes. The parachute is made of paper, taking into account the weight of the load. Parachutes are not recovered after use, but thrown away.

Work continues on the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, which can cover a distance of 50 kilometers in about half an hour, and their speed and carrying capacity are expected to increase over time.


Sora-iina Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Matsuyama Michelle Mika told AA correspondent that they started this service with the aim of providing medicine and daily needs for the islanders.

Mika stated that they want to increase their cooperation with the active operators on the island, saying: “We also need to figure out how to make money by considering the commercial side of the business.” said.

Mika noted that they are ready to serve in densely populated areas of Japan on demand and was hesitant to comment on the amount of funding provided to the project by the provincial governor and central government.

Rural areas and remote islands, where many services are not adequately delivered, are popular destinations for drone deliveries.

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