Russian Postal Delivery Drone Makes
Debut-- And Promptly Crashes
April 3, 2018
A Russian-made drone being tested for package delivery by Russia's
postal service crashed into a building just seconds after making its
The drone, which was being tested in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, is
part of an effort announced two years ago by the national mail and
parcel delivery service to reach distant locales across Russia's
footage posted online showed the remotely controlled unmanned copter
lifting off from a launch pad bearing Russian Post's blue and white
The buzzing drone flies for a few seconds then veers sharply and crashes
into nearby brick apartment building while a small crowd looks on.
Russian Post distanced itself from the crash, saying it was present at
the launch merely as a guest.
A local official, Aleksei Tsydenov, said nearby wi-fi connections may
have disrupted the flight of the drone, which he said cost around