The world’s largest e-commerce platform, Amazon, has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial drone delivery. This is reported by the information publication Bloomberg…
Amazon became the first company to seriously talk about mass delivery of goods using special drones. It happened in 2014, but from that moment on, she, as well as other companies interested in this line of business, were constantly refused by the FAA commission for the commercial use of such equipment.
Amazon has finally achieved air carrier status and can now launch extensive drone testing. According to the source, it is likely to take place in the Northwest United States. Previously, Wing and UPS received similar approvals. The first works with Walgreens and FedEx Corp. and has been using drones to deliver small parcels over short distances in Virginia since last year. UPS is using drones to deliver medical supplies to the hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Amazon is committed to using delivery drones as part of its Prime Air service. Back last year, she announced that she was going to use the MK27 series of drones to deliver goods weighing less than 2.5 kg. It is assumed that delivery to the customer’s door will be carried out within a radius of 12 kilometers from the warehouse within no more than 30 minutes.
At this time, US law prohibits such transactions. The next stage before the launch of a full-fledged delivery service will be the revision of federal aviation laws by the US Federal Aviation Administration. In particular, they specify the requirements for the defendants and the owners of drones, and will also make amendments regulating the height of drone flights over populated areas. It is expected that these changes will be adopted by the end of the year.
The MK27 series drone was introduced by Amazon last year. It has a hexagonal frame, can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, and while in the air, it tilts towards the direction of travel for greater efficiency. The drone is equipped with a different set of smart sensors that allow it to accurately land at the place of delivery of goods, avoid obstacles such as power lines, and also not pose a danger to people and pets.
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