Packages in the Air

Packages in the air

Many companies such as Amazon and UPS are currently testing drone delivery options as a means to ship packages in the future. Jumping on the technology bandwagon is a certain post office that could soon be delivering packages via drone to isolated areas.

GeoPost, the express parcel delivery operation of France’s La Poste, recently completed testing of a new prototype delivery service using drones. The six-bladed aerial vehicles are designed to handle up to 9 pounds of cargo carried up to a 12-mile radius from the point of origin. The drones are fully automated and don’t need a human pilot for real-time navigation, though humans will monitor flight operations from control stations.

While tests were successful, citizens in urban areas aren’t likely to see drones flooding the skies just yet. GeoPost currently plans initial delivery only in isolated areas and for emergency use.

To see a GeoDrone in action, click here.

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4 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  March 24, 2015

    I would think that isolated areas and emergency uses would end up being the best uses of drones for deliveries.

  2. Anonymous

     /  March 25, 2015

    If 12 miles is their radius, I am guessing isolated areas will not see them. ?? I don’t care for the idea, I think it may have more down side that up side in the long run. What is the FAAs take on it? Security?

    • grannybunny

       /  March 25, 2015

      The FAA has approved a pilot program allowing drones to fly below 200 feet of altitude, within the line of sight of the operator and during daytime hours. In the time it took FAA to rule, Amazon claims that the specific drone for which they sought permission has become obsolete, so Amazon has filed a new application and is hoping for faster approval.

  3. Anonymous

     /  March 25, 2015

    So is “line of sight” considered watching from a monitor several miles away? Just think a lot of questions about it remain, as there is with any new idea.

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