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The possibilities of using drones in the courier services

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The article analyzes the market for postal services on the example of Poland. Then there were presented the advantages of using drones in postal courier services. Next the assumption of conception of using unmanned aerial vehicles in courier services and a procedure of delivery of consignments were presented. Then for the real example of a drone there were conducted the calculation of real flight parameters and the forces effecting on a drone. At the end the economic aspect of using the drones in the courier services was calculated. Based on the results were discussed the usefulness of the use of of drones in courier services. In summary it was concluded that courier deliveries using the drones can be competitive in the future for the traditional methods of delivery. The cost of 1 parcel delivery can be even about 9% lower than so far. Consideration should be given that the prices used to estimate the cost of production machines are retail prices. The mass production of drones can bring savings in production costs in the range of 15-20%. The only element that does not allow to run the project of delivering items using the drones is the battery. The calculations show that at the proposed subassemblies the battery capacity allows only for a 7-minute flight. However, the works on the new sources of supply are conducted - lithium batteries, the anodes of pure lithium, the fuel cells.
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  • Cluster Research and Development Innovation Foundation for Development of Science and Business on Medical and Exact Science, Wroclaw, Poland
  • International University of Logistics and Transport in Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
  • International University of Logistics and Transport in Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Lower Silesia Accelerator Technology and Innovation Sp z o.o., Wroclaw, Poland
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