Self-steering droids define Zipline’s new Platform 2 drone delivery service | New Atlas

When we last heard about Zipline, the California company was using parachutes to drop packages from its delivery drones to the ground. The firm’s just-announced Platform 2 (P2) system, however, lowers loads inside of self-steering “droids.”

Here’s a quick overview of how P2 is intended to work …

A worker at one location starts by placing a cargo item inside a droid – this is basically a streamlined box with a shrouded propeller at the rear. In a docking station at that location, the droid is then loaded into the belly of one of Zipline’s P2 Zip eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) drones.

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