Just like most countries, Russia is looking into modernizing its state services. Given the large size of its land mass, drone postal delivery looks like a good idea (Russia is the largest country in the world and some of its cities are thousands of kilometers apart)
Therefore, to great fanfare and in front of local politicians and officials, a Russian postal drone was launched in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude.
In order to showcase the new delivery system for national mail, the unmanned aerial vehicle was meant to deliver a small package in the nearby village in a mostly ceremonial delivery shipment.
The events took place in the sparsely populated Buryatia region, which is set some 4,400 km east of Moscow. As can be seen in the video, the drone, bearing Russian Post’s blue and white logo, is able to take off from its launch pad, hovers in the air for a few seconds and then takes off into a direction at incredible speed…. only to crash into a wall a few meters further.
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Knowing how unfortunate this will play out in international media and how unforgiven President Putin is in these types of events, the Russian postal services were quick to declare that they were only there as a guest and that the drone was delivered by Rudron/Expeditor 3M, who could not be reached for comments.
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Mr Alexei Tsydenov (local politician and head of the Buryatia region present), declared that the more than 100 Wi-Fi connections in the area probably disrupted the drone:
“We won’t stop with this, we will keep trying. Those who don’t risk don’t get a result.”
Russian media stated the drone costs $20,000.