FLIRTEY AND ZOOKAL
Flirtey, a small Australian startup, has sent drones to take textbooks to students at the University of Sydney. Partnering with textbook rental company Zookal, Flirtey conducted more than 100 test flights on the University of Sydney campus last year.
Using GPS coordinates sent from a smartphone app, the Flirtey drone hovered over the target site and lowered a textbook by cable to a waiting student. (A human pilot verified that the delivery location was safe; the customer then sent a command from his smartphone to lower the package.)
Launched in Sydney in 2013, Flirtey is now based at the University of Nevada at Reno. In March, the company completed trials in New Zealand, delivering emergency medical supplies by drone in partnership with LANDSAR, a volunteer organization that provides land search-and-rescue services to the New Zealand public and police.
In an Faa-sanctioned trial, Flirtey, in collaboration with NASA and Virginia Tech, was scheduled to deliver medications via drone to a free medical clinic in West Virginia on July 17.