Aug 31, 2020
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Amazon customers in the U.S. could soon have their deliveries completed by an unmanned drone.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Amazon's Prime Air service, which will use drones to deliver packages.
The FAA issued a "Part 135 air carrier certificate using unmanned aircraft systems" to Amazon on Saturday, the agency confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY.
Similar certificates have been issued to Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, and UPS Flight Forward.
In a statement, David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air said the company will continue working on their technology to integrate delivery drones into the airspace.
An Amazon Prime Air drone against clouds.
"This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world," said Carbon.
Prime Air will feature small drones capable of delivering packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less. The drones will come equipped with "sense and avoid" technology to ensure the drones operate safely.
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