Tethered freefall: Will drones deliver stuff via long ropes?
A developer of a tethered freefall drone delivery mechanism recently completed the first commercial deployment of its so-called rapid delivery system. A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC, partnered with drone services provider DroneUp to make residential package deliveries in Coffee County, GA, using A2Z's tethered delivery system to safely land packages on the ground.
Drone delivery is coming, but there are some prickly safety problems to solve before residential deliveries can become a possibility in the eyes of legislators. Drones have rotors that spin very fast and are very dangerous, to name one big one. As drone delivery continues to expand in the US, the industry is looking for ways to mitigate consumer concerns about safety and the detrimental impact low-flying drones could have on tranquility and privacy. The A2Z rapid delivery system, dubbed the RDS1, is an effort to address these concerns. By rapidly delivering payloads via tether from cruising altitude, the RDS1 is meant to keep drones away from people, property, trees, and utility wires. It could also make deliveries faster for logistics companies.