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Amazon’s Prime Air receives approval from FAA to operate its unmanned package-delivery drones

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Amazon’s Prime Air received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate its unmanned package-delivery drones, according to CBS News. ~

The FAA gave Amazon the nod to move forward with the unmanned aircraft delivery system on Saturday. The system ultimately aims to deliver lightweight packages to customers in low-population areas within 30 minutes. The FAA explained in a statement, “Amazon’s Prime Air concept uses autonomous unmanned aircraft systems to safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers.” The FAA stressed its role as a safety regulator and said it “supports innovation that is beneficial to the public, especially during a health or weather-related crisis.” ~

Amazon says that the approval marks a milestone for Prime Air as well as for delivery speeds in general. The concept is still being tested, but they hope to ultimately deploy it in a large-scale format. David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement that “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,” Carbon said in a statement. ~

In order to gain the approval, Amazon had to demonstrate the autonomous package delivery concept. Amazon claims it will use the FAA’s approval to begin test flights with the drones for certain customer deliveries, in hopes that the technology will someday serve its customers globally. Previously, UPS and Alphabet-owned Wing have received FAA approval to operate drone delivery services. ~

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