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US postal service seeks provider for drone services

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) from UAS operators and developers interested in providing aircraft and aircraft operations for delivery of mail and to collect geodetic/spatial data to improve all autonomous vehicle performance. The Postal Service recognizes that the ability of UAS to supplement mail delivery and information collection can substantially benefit the country and further the development of other autonomous systems. As a result, the organisation is investigating the feasibility of utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones as delivery vehicles for mail as an integrated part of its vehicle delivery fleet, as well as to provide image and other data collection services.

The aircraft operation will be regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for public aircraft operations and will support USPS missions including: long driveway deliveries; remote delivery points; ride-sharing models; and infrastructure as a service.

The investigation is focused on developing solutions for BVLOS, as well as developing universal standard navigation capabilities for UAS, secure data protocols, and best practices for maintenance and training programmes in the US arena.

Responder’s final submission of information to this RFI must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. EST on November 4, 2019 and should be submitted via email to: maryellen.mcgowan@usps.gov.

Notice solicitation number: RFI-USPS-UAS

For more information visit:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f33edc9a3f6b9b5de23565d31d7b782e&tab=core&_cview=0

 

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