Amazon Medical Deliveries, Aloft Wins Challenge, Drone Equipped With AI to Fight Fires
Welcome to your weekly UAS news update. We have four stories for you this week. Amazon has begun shipping medical deliveries with drones, which is interesting. Aloft won an Innovation Challenge, and a company equips drones with AI to combat wildfires, which is commendable. Lastly, we have a Pilot Institute update. Let’s dive in.
Amazon Medical Deliveries
First up this week is Amazon, which has announced that it will be delivering medicines in College Station, Texas, which is where one of its testing sites is. This is under their drone delivery initiative called “Prime Air.” Prime Air aims to transport medicine to homes within 60 minutes of ordering, covering over 500 medications for conditions like the flu, asthma, and pneumonia. Amazon hopes to achieve same-day delivery for over 500 million packages a year. Interestingly, recent layoffs had suggested their drone program was on the decline, so it remains…