Are Drones Used for Deliveries?


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A drone dropped medicine to a clinic in rural Virginia county in the first FAA-approved delivery of its kind in July 2015. Flirtey, which operates legal drone deliveries in New Zealand, operated the medical drone flight.

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Are Drones Used for Deliveries?
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Matternet, a drone delivery service in California, and the Swiss postal service conduct test drone package deliveries. The Swiss postal service states that its long-range plans include drone deliveries only to aid in deliveries in emergency situations.

Amazon.com's first requests to the FAA for dedicated airspace date back to 2013. The company proposes altitudes between 200 and 400 feet for commercial drone air space, with manned aircraft allowed to fly no lower than 500 feet in drone delivery lanes and private drones limited to heights of 100 feet or less. Amazon.com plans to launch a 30-minute delivery program upon FAA approval of the plans.

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