Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Illustration for article titled An obstacle to that Amazon Prime Air idea

At his blog on PopularScience.com, Eric Sofge has some words about Amazon's drone delivery system. While the technology may be in place for a 2015 roll out, the FAA regulations may not be.


He writes:

The FAA has until September of 2015 to come up with a detailed rundown of how it plans to regulate the safe operation of drones in commercial American airspace. Don't try to parse that last sentence—it's intentionally circuitous, because the FAA doesn't want to commit to actual regulations or deployment of commercial drones by 2015. It's a relatively hollow deadline, and the agency won't be pinned down on what sort of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will be in the air by the end of 2015 (trust me, we've tried).

But the experts we've talked to, whose livelihood revolves around the planned rollout of commercial flying robots, have come to a relatively universal census: the first wave of commercially-operated drones will be little more than remote-control aircraft.

Specifically, the FAA is expected to initially certify and approve the use of small UAS under three conditions: they must fly in daylight, they must stay below 400 feet, and they must remain within line-of-sight of a human operator at all times.

So while it's still possible that Prime Air may happen in 2015, it's not likely.

The whole post is worth a read here.

Image from Gizmodo


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