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Amazon proposes to carve out airspace for drone deliveries

by Futures Centre, Aug 3
1 minute read

Amazon has released proposals to reserve domestic airspace in the US – between 200ft and 400ft from the ground – for high-speed automated delivery drones. The company is looking to use drones to deliver customer’s orders to their doorsteps within 30 minutes of them making the order. 

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As Ed Pilkington writes in The Guardian, the papers “call for a ‘paradigm shift’ in airspace regulation that will allow hundreds of thousands of small unmanned aircrafts to fly without the current involvement of humans through air traffic control.”

According to Amazon’s proposal, it intends to ‘work in close collaboration with public and private industry on the development of the safest system of access for a wide range of applications, not limited to package delivery’.

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