In Norway, TINE is testing dairy Delivery by Drone in partnership with Aviant, a company that uses drones for the delivery of medical samples and products. The first delivery of dairy by drone took place in December.
Project manager and head of the technology lab at TINE, Eirik Åsheim, said, “Maybe we can fly the milk directly to your home at the cabin during the Christmas holidays. Or drones can fetch milk from the farmer when the roads are inaccessible. Or deliver goods more often to places that are not so easily accessible by car. TINE has ambitious sustainability goals and is committed to reducing emissions. We believe that drones can contribute to this.”
TINE has partnered with fixed-wing drone supplier Aviant, the state-owned airline Avinor, and Sintef.
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Aviant already has experience with using drones to deliver blood samples to the St. Olav hospital in Trondheim and therefore was a natural partner to TINE.
Milk samples, according to Sheim, must be maintained between zero and four degrees Celsius throughout transportation and must not be shaken excessively. TINE aims to learn what it takes to start hauling heavier objects with drones in the future, according to him.
“Avinor thinks it is exciting to be able to contribute to an innovation project like this. Such projects are important for us to be able to further develop unmanned aviation, our offers and services in line with the need that is now coming,” said participant in Avinor’s drone program, Ellen Weidemann.
DroneXL’s take on dairy delivery by drone
While it seems interesting to test out the delivery of dairy by drone, we wonder if it makes a lot of sense economically and technically the transport a heavy, low-cost product such as milk by drone. However, from a technical and logistical point of view, it could be an interesting study, which could help to advance drone delivery in general.
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