Amazon Gets FAA Approval for Prime Air Delivery Drones

We're one step closer to 30-minute Prime deliveries

A drone designed to deliver packages from online retailer Amazon on show at the exhibition "Drones: Is the Sky the limit?" at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, USA, 2 August 2017.
An Amazon drone exhibited at the Intrepid Museum in 2017.
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We’re one step closer to receiving Amazon deliveries via unmanned drones: on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the company its approval to operate a fleet of Prime Air delivery drones, CNBC reported.

“This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement. “We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30 minute delivery.”

Amazon initially began testing delivery drones back in 2013 with the goal of delivering packages in 30 minutes or less. It submitted its petition for FAA approval for the drones in August 2019, noting that drone deliveries would be limited to areas with low population density, and the packages delivered via drones would weigh five pounds or less.

Now that it has FAA approval, Amazon will begin testing customer deliveries with the drones, but there’s no word on when the company will officially roll out its Prime Air drone deliveries at scale.

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