Jun 6, 2019

Amazon to deliver by drone 'within months'

Amazon has said it will use drones to deliver packages to customers "Within months". Amazon executive Jeff Wilke said the drone would be able to travel 15 miles to carry packages weighing 5lbs or less. The US Federal Aviation Administration told the BBC it had granted Amazon a permit to operate the drone in the US. "The FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate to Amazon Prime Air allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorized flight areas," the regulator said. In the past, Amazon has been accused of using the promise of drone delivery as a headline-grabber to push its publicity around its Prime membership service. On stage during the firm's "Re:Mars" conference - an event highlighting the firm's work in machine learning, robotics, automation and space - Amazon displayed the drone that will be used.

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