FAA approves second round of drone testing in US

By: Abbey Dufoe  |  April 14, 2015

Amazon has been permitted by the FAA to test their new set of drones, TechCrunch reports.

Last month, the FAA approved Amazon for testing drones in US skies. However, they were unhappy with the time it took to get the testing certificates, confronting the Feds in a Senate hearing, stating that they’ve been approved in two months or less in every country except the U.S. Because of this, the retail giant has moved on to new prototypes already. They moved testing over-seas and to Canada because of this.

This new April experimental airworthiness certificate allows Amazon to test the newer drone prototypes that they’ve created. Testing rules remain the same – the drones can weigh up to 55 pounds, can travel up to 100 miles per hour, and can fly up to 400 miles per hour.

Just like before, though, the drone must always remain within line of sight of the pilot, so any long-distance tests are still not an option for Amazon, but at least it will be able to test how to drop off that package of toothpaste you ordered with Prime Air.

NBCNews reports that Amazon wants to push the boundaries of drone deliveries. The online retail giant wants to deliver packages up to 10 miles from the warehouses, which would require drones to travel autonomously.


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