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Hot tea direct to your doorstep: Indian startup creates chai delivery drone

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An Indian food-delivery startup have developed a drone capable of transporting up to two litres of hot tea distances of up to 6 miles (10 kilometres).

Based in Lucknow, a large city in Northern India, the startup is named Tech Eagle. The company, comprised of five friends and founded in 2015, will look to capitalize on India’s passionate love for chai. They will work alongside Online Kaka, a localized food delivery app to facilitate their hot beverage deliveries.

Would-be tea drinkers living in Lucknow can order their hot beverage through Online Kaka and the drone will fly to their address. The drones are equipped with GPS tracking devices and live data is transmitted to ground control station, updating the operator on the UAVs flight status. When the drone reaches its desired location it will drop the package (containing the hot tea) and returns to base.

Why tea?

India is the second largest tea producer in the world after China. Their long history of British colonialism helped the popularity of tea to spread throughout the continent. Today tea remains an extremely popular beverage and is consumed by Indians at a higher rate than coffee.

Future plans for this technology?

Tech Eagle still need approval from The Directorate General of Civil Aviation before the project can properly get underway. One would hope the risk of boiling tea spilling on someone’s head will be carefully considered and mitigated as best as possible before giving the project the green light.

The developers plan to expand the range of their quadcopters drone from 6 miles (10km) up to 31 miles (50km) and are also working on a hexacopter (6 rotors) which could be capable of carrying heavier loads.

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