Amazon says delivery drones will be ready when the FAA approves them

amazon-kent-fulfillment-02-dave-graybealRachel Lerman and Marcus R. Donner

Albany Business Review

It’s not exactly legal yet, but Amazon’s research and development team is still working “aggressively” on delivery drones, a company official said this week.

“The FAA is the biggest hurdle,” Dave Graybeal, a general manager at Amazon Fulfillment’s Dupont facility, said at a media event for a new distribution center in Kent, Washington.

Graybeal is optimistic Amazon will be ready to launch the Prime Air service when the Federal Aviation Administration approves drone use or legislation is passed to legalize it.

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New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions

Credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT (photograph of quadrotor courtesy of the researchers)
In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order.

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Nasa’s VTOL, Testing Electric Propulsion

Testing Electric Propulsion

On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel?

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014.

This research has helped lead to NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate efforts to better understand the potential of electric propulsion across all types, sizes and missions for aviation.

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Navy tests drone landings on aircraft carrier along with manned plane

Navy tests drone landings on aircraft carrier along with manned plane

Credit: U.S. Navy photo taken by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar/Released
The Navy has successfully tested the ability of a drone (the The X-47B) to execute takeoff and landings on an aircraft carrier (USS Theodore Roosevelt) along with a manned aircraft (an F/A-18 Hornet fighter plane). The test marks the first time that a drone has flown a mission in conjunction with manned aircraft as part of normal carrier operations.

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Students compete in UAS challenge


By Kelley King

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Teams of high school students put their unmanned aerial vehicles to the test for Destination: Dayton High School UAS Challenge at Sinclair Community College Saturday.

During the daylong three part competition, students will demonstrate how the unmanned vehicle they designed and built can deliver mail and freight to customers. Students will navigate their custom quadcopters through a replica of downtown Dayton.

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College of Charleston takes new drone on its maiden voyage


By Philip Weiss


Faculty and students from the College of Charleston were in James Island Thursday testing out their newest high tech piece of equipment that will provide a unique view in future research projects.

The college’s SenseFLY eBee drone took its maiden voyage today. The drone was recently purchased in order to assist the geology and archeology departments with research projects, as well as mapping hazardous areas, water quality, and storm patterns.

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Eye in the sky: Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling

Researchers at IIT-Kanpur have developed India’s first low-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could be used for anything from patrolling the border to traffic and crowd monitoring.