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Russia's Postal Drone Program Hits a Literal Wall

First test of delivery system does not go well
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Russia's Postal Drone Program Hits a Literal Wall
Russian PM Vladimir Putin tests goggles with an electronic connection that allows him to see the view from an unmanned drone in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

(Newser) – Using drones to deliver the mail isn't a new idea, but it's a particularly relevant one in far-flung, snowy Russia. However, it's not one that's going seamlessly, reports Reuters. At a test in Siberia last week, a drone took off with the country's first special delivery—and promptly crashed into a wall, that of a three-story residential building. Though the drone took off from a launch pad bearing Russian Post's logo, the postal system quickly backed away from the failure, saying it was only a guest at the event. But says a local official, "We won’t stop with this, we will keep trying. Those who don’t risk don’t get a result." Bystanders escaped harm, notes IFLScience.com, but "Pride, on the other hand, may be a different story." (Read more drones stories.)

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