Collision Alert

Collision alert

Soaring through the sky at 400 feet in the air, the unmanned drone raced to its destination. It cradled its precious cargo, a double meat and cheese, stuffed crust pizza with a side order of spicy wings, under its belly, protecting it from the elements and premature cooling. The tiny craft slipped between buildings in the bustling city, avoiding the glass, stone and steel structures as it dutifully made its way to its destination.

Suddenly, without warning, a drone from another carrier rounded the corner of a building, directly in the flight path of the pizza delivery drone. The remote pilots of the two drones immediately spotted one other. Adrenaline began pumping through their bodies, heightening their senses from the dire predicament their drones faced. Both pilots instantly pivoted their craft, desperately trying to avoid the other.

Though it seemed like an eternity, only a few short seconds passed by. With a mere six inches to spare, the drones narrowly avoided each other, saving both the integrity of their hulls as well as the flight records of their pilots.

In the not too distant future, scenes like the one above might become a common, every day occurrence. Though FAA regulations and the battery life of drones currently limit their use, the day will come when drones are flying high above, carrying fast food, packages, and other precious cargo to their destinations. As demand for their aerial services increases, do you think the Postal Service could establish a drone fleet of its own to service the needs of customers?

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3 Comments

  1. PostalClerk

     /  June 24, 2014

    honestly, if this is the wave of the future, then the PO should be exploring this idea as well. After all, we are a delivery service.

  2. Teresa Adcox

     /  June 24, 2014

    How do the drones avoid power lines, BB guns, birds, etc… I like the idea of drones delivering things, sending drones to check on conditions and send in survival supplies in catostrophic situations, searching for weapons in buildings, using sensors to test for bad gases in mines, etc… I am concerned about losing more of our constitutional rights. How will this affect: our right to privacy, or (they could be shot out of the sky) our right to bear arms? I do not want to lose any more of my freedoms. A lot of discussion, voting, and adjustments will first need to take place.

  3. Mitchell

     /  June 24, 2014

    I’ve seen drones take videos of crowds at outdoor events locally, and there are drones that deliver things in other countries. I think we’ll probably see them in the air delivering things here in the next 3-5 years, but will they fly themselves or be piloted by a human like with our military drones? They’re already used by some law enforcement agencies for search missions, but when drones are more the norm, will they be in the air all the time taking videos of everyone to add to their already large collection of ground based camera system?

    I think we’ll see people easily give up their freedoms for the promise of greater security and end up having neither when their own government treats everyone as a potential threat to others. Say nothing unless its in support of what your government tells you to believe in or risk intense scrutiny by law enforcement.

    Keep your opinions to yourself in the future. It’s the law.

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