Amazon Set to Expand Drone Deliveries Nationwide Following FAA Approval

Amazon Expands Drone Deliveries Nationwide After FAA Approval

Amazon Set to Expand Drone Deliveries Nationwide Following FAA Approval

Amazon Expands Drone Deliveries Nationwide After FAA Approval

Amazon announced Thursday that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expand its drone delivery program nationwide.

The approval permits Amazon’s Prime Air delivery service to operate drones “beyond visual line of sight.” This means that Amazon pilots can now control drones remotely without needing to keep them in direct view. An FAA spokesperson confirmed that this approval specifically applies to College Station, Texas.

It is worth noting that Amazon initially launched its drone delivery service in Texas in late 2022.

Amazon views this FAA approval as a stepping stone to extending long-distance drone deliveries across the country.

Before receiving the green light, Amazon demonstrated that its drones could safely detect and avoid airborne obstacles. The company’s real-world tests showcased the drones’ ability to navigate away from planes, helicopters, and even a hot air balloon, ensuring their safety features meet rigorous standards.

Amazon has ambitious plans to deliver 500 million packages by drone each year by the end of the decade.

This FAA approval marks a significant milestone for Amazon, which has been pursuing drone delivery capabilities for over a decade. Despite some regulatory challenges, the future of drone deliveries now looks more promising than ever.

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