The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on approvals for key commercial unmanned aircraft projects and expanded drone testing programs
"The agency granted a 'special airworthy certificate' to Amazon for its Prime Air package delivery service in the U.S., allowing Amazon to 'operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorized flight areas,' an FAA spokesperson said in an emailed statement. The certificate is good for one year and renewable.
The latest version of Prime Air system has thermal, visual and ultrasonic sensors and can safely deliver packages under five pounds within a 15-mile radius in less than 30 minutes, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke told attendees at Amazon's Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space (re:MARS) conference in Las Vegas. The service would come online 'within months,' he said..."
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