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Amazon shows how it’s building drone delivery system

August 15, 2022  - By

Amazon has put out a video to show how the company is building its drone delivery service. The fully electric drones are designed to deliver packages under 5 pounds to customers in less than 60 minutes.

Later this year, customers living in Lockeford, California and College Station, Texas will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries.

Three components are integral to the system:

  • The drone itself, which Amazon said is as robust and reliable as its ground transportation trucks.
  • A sense-and-avoid system for obstacles such as other aircraft, people and pets in backyards.
  • An automated drone-management system to plan flight paths and ensure safe distances between the drones and  other aircraft in the area, and ensure compliance with aviation regulations.

Amazon has been developing its drone delivery system for almost a decade, employing experts in safety, aerospace, science, robotics, software, hardware, testing and manufacturing.

Below is an inside look at an Amazon flight-testing facility in Oregon.

Photo: Amazon

Photo: Amazon

Photo: Amazon

Photo: Amazon

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.