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Technology UPS lands broad FAA approval for drone deliveries

22:40  01 october  2019
22:40  01 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

  Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummi bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone flying as fast as 70 miles per hour, the companies said Thursday. Customers will be able to order from a list of more than 100 items that includes consumer goods and cough and cold remedies but not prescriptions.The drone will be run by Wing Aviation LLC, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

UPS said Tuesday that it's expanding its drone delivery service after it received broad approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone airline. UPS subsidiary Flight Forward was awarded a Part 135 Standard certification on Friday, which the company called an aviation first.

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UPS' first approved flight, operated under its Flight Forward subsidiary, was launched at the WakeMed hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company said it has previously tested drones for urgent commercial deliveries over water, and tested nonurgent commercial residential delivery in rural areas with drones launched from a UPS package delivery car.

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

  UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are testing drones — can fill the sky over cities and suburbs with drones carrying goods to people's doorsteps. United Parcel Service Inc. said Tuesday , Oct. 1, that its drone subsidiary was awarded an airline certificate last week by the Federal Aviation Administration.

"The Flight Forward organization is building a full-scale drone operation based on the rigorous reliability, safety and control requirements of the FAA," said UPS CEO David Abney in a release.

The FAA's Part 135 Standard certification has no limits on the size or scope of operations of the drone fleet, nor on the number of operators. It allows unmanned aerial vehicles to fly carrying loads over 55 pounds, but flights out of the sight of operators require specific approval and each new launch site needs individual regulator approval.

No other company has yet attained this certification, but the field is crowded with eager competitors. Amazon was granted a patent for surveillance drones this year. Uber also made its first foray into drone delivery this year when it announced its negotiations with the FAA. Google toyed with delivering burritos for Chipotle during its testing phase, but its Alphabet-owned sister company, Wing, may be the closest to launch after partnering with FedEx and Walgreens for home deliveries this month.

UPS delivery drones approved by government

  UPS delivery drones approved by government The delivery company was given the greenlight for a nationwide fleet of drones, including operating drones at nightMany regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are testing drones — can fill the sky over cities and suburbs with drones carrying goods to people's doorsteps.

a sign in front of a building: UPS' drone fleet, Flight Forward, could be delivering near you soon.  © CNET

UPS' drone fleet, Flight Forward, could be delivering near you soon.

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CVS starts delivering prescriptions to homes via UPS drones .
It didn't take long for UPS and CVS to start delivering prescriptions by drone. The two have confirmed that they completed their first paid home deliveries of prescriptions, hauling medicine to two homes (one of which was a retirement community) in Cary, North Carolina on November 1st. The drones flew autonomously and lowered the packages to the ground with a cable and winch, although there was a human operator ready to take control. This isn'tThis isn't the first paid delivery of any kind from UPS. The company has a deal to shuttle medical samples between WakeMed facilities in Raleigh. That's a commercial arrangement over areas that are under a company's control.

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