Leading global instant logistics and drone delivery specialist Zipline revealed it has set another precedent – this time not just for the company, but the entire UAV sector – by conducting what it said was the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight in the US without any ground observers.

Zipline dropped the news in the closing hours of Friday, saying it had completed the first US BVLOS flight without ground monitors just two months after it had gotten Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate those missions. That open-ended authorization is considered sine non quo for drone companies of all kinds being able to scale their activities, but particularly those in the aerial delivery business.

Even then, however, securing what up until now have been very rare FAA permits to conduct BVLOS flights without human observers is the first hurdle. From there, recipient companies must migrate their tech from arcane approval…

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Source: dronedj.com