Amazon’s drone delivery service, Prime Air, has been in the works for a decade, but the company is still struggling with drone regulations and weak demand. Despite its recent launch in two small test markets, Amazon has a long way to go to deliver food, medicine, and household products to customers’ doorsteps in 30 minutes or less.

To fly over people and towns, Prime Air must complete several hundred hours of durability and reliability (D&R) testing without any incidents and then submit that data to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the FAA only granted clearance for testing in December, much later than Amazon had hoped.

According to CNBC, Amazon has been conducting D&R testing since last March, and the company started the campaign in January 2023. The FAA oversees the approval process for commercial deliveries, and it will be a significant hurdle for Prime Air’s expansion.

FAA restrictions and drone regulations

Despite the recent launch of Prime…