How Amazon’s drone delivery system, flight-testing work [Video]
As it prepares to bring free Prime Air drone deliveries to customers in California and Texas, Amazon is offering an inside look at how its drone delivery system works. A new video released by the company shows rigorous flight tests being conducted at one of its facilities in Oregon.
Amazon’s plan is to build fully electric drones that can deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 60 minutes. To make this possible, the company is dedicating its energies to three areas: aircraft body, sense-and-avoid technology, and aviation rules.
Amazon says it wants to build a drone that is as safe and reliable as the company’s time-tested ground transportation methods.
In this scheme of things, a sense-and-avoid system, aka the brain of this aircraft, will play a major role in ensuring that the delivery drone is able to detect and stay away from obstacles both in the air and on the ground. This system would also allow the drone to make on-the-spot…