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Amazon receives FAA approval to expand Prime Air drone delivery services BVLOS

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  • Amazon has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend the flight distances of its delivery drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for its Prime Air service.

  • The Prime Air service, now permitted to operate on extended flight distances, relies on BVLOS technology, which Amazon developed over a period of time. This can detect aerial objects and navigate away from them safely, which has proved to FAA inspectors that their drones can avoid airplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons.

  • With the FAA's approval, Amazon plans to deliver to more customers via drone, expanding its delivery area in College Station, Texas, before incorporating drone deliveries into its same-day delivery network later this year. The intention is to meet the goal of delivering 500 million packages per year using drones by the end of this decade.

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