Drone Delivery over the Hudson River
NUAIR and NYNJ Port Authority Conduct Drone Delivery Over the Hudson River
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
A year after launching a new Girl Scout badge to encourage and educate girls in STEM careers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commemorated the partnership with the delivery of a box of Raspberry Rally cookies across the Hudson River, which served as the payload for the agency’s first test of a small unmanned delivery aircraft. The box of cookies traveled 3 miles from Greenville Yards in Jersey City, N.J., to the New York New Jersey Rail’s (NYNJR) eastern terminus in Brooklyn, N.Y. in only 15 minutes, and the drone made the return trip in 10 minutes.
The delivery was made using an autonomous cargo drone in a pilot developed by Saleh Kojak, who manages the agency emergency management office’s drone program. Kojak coordinated the test, securing support from aviation and port department staff and signoffs from the Federal Aviation…