This certification is an important step forward for primeair and demonstrates FAAs confidence in the operation and security procedures of Amazons unmanned delivery service, which will deliver packages to customers around the world in the future, said David carbon, Amazons vice president in charge of primeair, in a statement. We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into airspace and work closely with FAA and other regulators around the world to achieve the 30 minute home delivery vision.
The FAA confirmed that the agency had approved Amazons request and said in a statement that it was working to support the growing field of UAV innovation while ensuring the safe operation of the equipment.
Amazon has joined Googles parent company alphabets wing and United Parcel Service (UPS), which have been approved by the FAA to operate drone delivery under federal regulations governing charter operators and small airlines.
Amazon said it would start delivering tests, but declined to say when. Amazon operates several test sites in the northwestern United States and nearby Vancouver, where it has previously made pilot deliveries in the UK. The approval comes as Amazons business surged during the new crown outbreak as consumers switch from traditional stores to online shopping.
Amazon and others hoping to revolutionize the retail industry with drones have made significant progress in recent years. They invented new equipment and demonstrated technology that, at least to a limited extent, these drones can fly relatively long distances and have the payload capacity needed to carry packages.
Amazon launched the mk27 last year with a hexagonal frame that can take off and land like a helicopter. After liftoff, it tilts and flies like an airplane to improve efficiency. The drone carries multiple sensors and computing systems designed to enable it to be delivered to the door without hitting wires or posing a risk to people or pets. (small)
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279