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Amazon Drone delivered first package in UK

December 7th 2016

A drone, operating autonomously, took off from an Amazon fulfilment centre in the UK and delivered a package several miles away on Dec 7th. The package was delivered within 30 minutes of having been ordered!

Working With Civil Aviation Authority

Of course, flying robots in the air could conflict with aircraft safety, so Amazon has been working with the Civil Aviation Authority who control British airspace. No drone (whether Amazon's or anyone else's) is allowed to fly above 400 feet in the UK.

Avoid Obstacles

These drones are shaped like a space station, a circle, joined by a cross the centre, so they don't look exactly like the quad copter shown. There is video available of the flight but it's on the UK Yahoo page so I do not know whether anyone outside the UK can access it.

The drone and views of its flight can be seen on this page:

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rebelann1949 wrote on December 16, 2016, 2:20 PM

So what happens to the drone (and package) if it lands anywhere near an angry bull or goat? LOL

I saw the video here in the USA, I don't think I would trust that kind of delivery, what if it delivers to the wrong part of my yard and I don't see the package for a few weeks? What if my dog get hold of a package and gets hurt while trying to either play with it or chew it up?

I have a feeling that contraption won't be flyin here in the USA anytime soon.

MegL wrote on December 16, 2016, 3:27 PM

The customer has to put a sign out in the yard, a sort of landing sign. It's shown on the video. The drone lands on the sign, drops the parcel, then takes off again. It only takes 30 minutes from order to delivery!

lookatdesktop wrote on January 14, 2017, 7:38 PM

Did you know that very recently this past week a drone ran into the Seattle, Washington Space Needle?

MegL wrote on January 16, 2017, 2:42 PM

No, I didn't see that. I have been tied up babysitting, the last.3 days! Drones can be dangerous, especially near airfields.

kyntoxicity wrote on June 28, 2017, 3:02 AM

This is interesting but I would not recommend this kind of delivery to my friends who have online shops. hehe