Russian postal drone program runs into a brick wall...literally

A program run by Russian Post to make parcel deliveries by drone in sparsely-populated areas got off to a bad start today when a test drone making a "historic" parcel delivery crashed into a wall and fell to pieces. 

 An organizer places a mail delivery drone before a test launch, which is part of the Russian Post’s project to deliver mail to remote regions by drone, in Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Anna Ogorodnik

An organizer places a mail delivery drone before a test launch, which is part of the Russian Post’s project to deliver mail to remote regions by drone, in Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Anna Ogorodnik

The Russian-made UAV was meant to showcase a new parcel delivery method, and today's test in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude (about 2730 miles east of Moscow) started in front of a small crowd of spectators. The drone lifted off from a launch pad bearing the Russian Post blue and white logo, flew for a few seconds, then lost height and smacked into a three-story residential building. 

The $20,000 drone was a total loss. Russian Post distanced itself from the drone crash, saying that the drone was built and the testing organized by Rudron/Expeditor 3M. Alexei Tsydenov, Russian Post's Buryatia region head, was present at the failed attempt and said that the 100-plus Wi-Fi hotspots in the area could have disrupted the drone's flight. "We won't stop with this, we will keep trying," said Tsydenov. "Those who don't risk don't get a result."