FlyingBasket FB3 cargo drone transports radios in Switzerland
The FlyingBasket FB3 freight drone recently transported radios through a canyon in Switzerland to cablex technicians who are installing an antenna.
The remote-controlled multicopter, which was equipped with an automatic load hook, transported equipment weighing up to 80 kg for the mission, according to a press release.
“We appreciate cablex’s point of view and willingness to question the status quo of existing methods and to test an innovative solution that will be used in the future as part of its daily activities,” said FlyingBasket CEO Moritz Moroder in the press release. “And thanks to the fast and efficient efforts of the FOCA [Federal Office of Civil Aviation], the demonstration could be carried out smoothly in compliance with Swiss regulations. “
Switzerland is a competitive environment for telecommunications infrastructure companies like cablex. In remote areas with a low population density, the associated fixed costs for optimizing the network infrastructure are relatively higher. The use of cargo drones is one way of reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
The test was successful and the project will continue in the next phase.
“FlyingBasket is a drone provider with a lot of experience in transporting loads up to 100 kg,” said Martin Müller, cablex Head of Portfolio & Business Steering, according to the announcement. “You already have a number of successful drone missions in different countries and you can tell that you have ambitious professionals at work.”