The FlyingBasket FB3 cargo drone has transported radio equipment across a canyon in Switzerland for leading Swiss service provider, cablex.
The remotely piloted multicopter, which was equipped with an automatic cargo hook, transported equipment weighing up to 80 kg across the canyon in Davos Wiesen, Jenisberg. The delivery point was next to a mast tower where cablex technicians were carrying out an antenna installation.
“We appreciate the view and the willingness of cablex to challenge the status quo of existing methods and test an innovative solution that will be utilized in the future as part of their daily activities,” said Moritz Moroder, CEO, FlyingBasket.
“And thanks to the prompt and efficient efforts of Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), the demonstration could be carried out smoothly in full compliance with the Swiss regulations.”
Telecom infrastructure companies operate in a very competitive environment in Switzerland. In remote areas with low population density, the associated fixed costs for optimizing the network infrastructure are relatively higher. This test has proven that deploying cargo drones is one way to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the transportation systems of ICT infrastructure providers.
The test was successful according to the established evaluation criteria, and the project will therefore continue into the next phase.
“FlyingBasket is a drone provider with a lot of experience in transporting loads of up to 100 kg,” said Martin Müller, Head of Portfolio & Business Steering, cablex.
“They already have a number of successful drone operations in various countries and you can tell that they have ambitious professionals at work.”