The US FAA provided an important certificate to Amazon, which is why the company is one step closer towards launching a drone delivery service in the United States.
Jeff Bezos’s Amazon is now having the Part 135 air carrier certificate, which was an essential element in order to start drone delivery service. The Amazon representative said that after receiving the approval the company will only begin to start testing the deliveries but without mentioning the time and schedule of the delivery test.
While getting the desired certificate Amazon had to validate more than 500 safety, security and efficiency procedures as part of its application for the certificate.
The drone delivery in 30 or less than 30 minutes was a Prime Air project which was announced in December 2013 by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. According to Amazon, the company is having testing centers not just in the US but all over the world, and also logged thousands of flight hours.
Amazon made its first drone delivery in December 2016 which took place in Britain.
David Carbon a former Boeing executive in the lead role in the Amazon drone delivery program said that the FAA certificate is a significant step.
“We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute delivery,” Carbon said.
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In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, the social distancing fears increased which led to utilizing robots for delivery, but this type of technology is not ready at the moment as lots of alterations are required to get the perfect results. The Federal Aviation Authority is also making more regulations needed for the extensive use of drones.
The world’s richest man Jeff Bezos’s Amazon is the third company that obtained the certificate from FAA. Wing and UPS a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet had received the certificate in 2019. The UPS started drone delivery service for medical service to two North Carolina hospitals while the Wing started delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia.