Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system

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As Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system, the e-commerce giant may one day keep its inventory in the sky.

The US Patent Office earlier this year awarded Amazon a patent for an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) from which drones could launch to make local deliveries. The AFC could sit at an altitude of about 45,000 feet, the patent explains, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be stocked and deployed as necessary. Continue reading “Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system”

New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery

Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems.

A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones. Continue reading “New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery”

Drone deliveries are pie in the sky, robot competition for flying is not

Amazon, the online retailer, made headlines last year with its trial of flying drone deliveries, but its efforts look puny compared to an earthbound robot that can carry the equivalent of three full shopping bags, or up to 13 kilogrammes.

Stuart Rivett, managing director of Dutch parcel distribution business B2C Europe, says practical limits on the weight of any drone package are a handicap to introducing flying deliveries and dismisses Amazon’s experiments as “a complete PR stunt”. Continue reading “Drone deliveries are pie in the sky, robot competition for flying is not”