Amazon is kicking its efforts to accelerate its aerial delivery activity hampered by repeated incidents into higher gear with the development of a new Prime Air drone due out in 2024 to offer quieter, robust, and safe performance.

Amazon says the new MK30 hexacopter will be both smaller and lighter than its current MK27-2 delivery drone, yet pack even more punch. Company engineers are designing it to be able to fly longer distances on a single charge, and withstand normally confounding flight conditions like rain, wind, and harsh temperatures. 

Expected to come online in 2024 pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, the new Amazon craft will replace drones being readied to go into delivery service to customers in College Station, Texas, and Lockeford, California, later this year.

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In addition to extra brawn, Amazon is building the MK30 delivery drone to also…