On His Way Out, US Transportation Chief Anthony Foxx Sets Drones Free

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK/WIRED

ANTHONY FOXX WAITS for the countdown, then hits the plunger. The catapult releases its bungee cord, slinging the drone from to a standstill to 50 mph in half a second. The drone spins up its twin propellers and flies a few hundred feet up, circling overhead.

“That’s amazing,” Foxx says, as the UAV drops its package within a few feet of the practice delivery zone, then belly flops onto a brown landing pad that resembles the base of a jumping castle.

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