Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Mount Everest Sees First Ever Drone Delivery Tests

China has successfully conducted the first-ever drone delivery tests on Mt. Everest, marking a significant advancement in high-altitude mountaineering, rescue operations, and environmental conservation.

Using a DJI FlyCart 30, the tests involved transporting oxygen bottles and other supplies from the Base Camp to Camp 1. In addition to delivering supplies, the drone also collected and brought down trash from the mountain.

The drone carried 15 kilograms of supplies in just 12 minutes, reaching an impressive altitude of 6,191.8 meters. This achievement highlights the potential for drones to revolutionize logistics, improve safety, and aid in clean-up efforts on Mt. Everest.

A Nepali company plans to begin regular drone operations on Mt. Everest starting May 22, with future plans to expand drone usage to Mt. Ama Dablam. These initiatives are expected to significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of high-altitude expeditions, providing vital support for climbers and contributing to environmental preservation efforts.

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