Technology UPS lands broad FAA approval for 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 itsdelivery 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.
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 drones launched from a UPS package delivery car.for urgent commercial deliveries over water, and tested nonurgent commercial residential delivery in rural areas with
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.
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 this year. Uber also made its first this year when it announced its negotiations with the FAA. Google toyed with during its testing phase, but its Alphabet-owned sister company, to launch after partnering with FedEx and Walgreens for home deliveries this month.
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.
SNCF Réseau creates an
drone company The railway infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau announced Thursday the creation of a subsidiary dedicated to drones, called Altametris, which should allow the industrial use of drones, especially for the maintenance of the network.
The SNCF has been holding a "drones pole" since 2012 and uses these machines to monitor the railways or to inspect the bridges or rock faces, but the creation of a subsidiary must bring flexibility, "in an activity that is in full swing. development ", explained to the AFP, on the sidelines of a press conference, the president of SNCF Réseau, Patrick Jeantet.
"Sell our know-how"
By creating this subsidiary, SNCF seeks to develop a completely different activity in parallel that does not concern only its own infrastructures. "The second advantage of a subsidiary is that once the technologies are deployed industrially, validated industrially, at that time we can sell our know-how, sell our services to others, that it is d "other infrastructure managers or other industrial", including telephone networks, said Patrick Jeantet.
A team of 20 engineers, tele-pilots and developers are assigned to this subsidiary, which has a fleet of 12 drones and whose capital has not been communicated.
"This is also to confirm the French leadership on civil drones, with the concern to stay in the lead," said at the press conference, the Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies. France is indeed considered a pioneer by professionals, including the adoption of a law on the use of civilian drones in 2012. The Hexagon also includes industry champions, like the brand Parrot. Finally, in the wake of Amazon, the Post made its first parcel delivery drone in the Var, last December, and announced the establishment of a commercial line in the region.
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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