With a bag of popcorn and a Amazon Fire Stick, eCommerce giant Amazon made its 1st live drone delivery on December 7th. The delivery was conducted in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, near a secret Amazon test sight Drone Dossier has reported on before.
Video of the drone delivery and more information about what Amazon are planning for their Prime Air service are available here. Amazon plans to use drones to make deliveries in 30 minutes or less from local fulfillment centers. Their plan is to fly a fleet of high speed drones in a designated airspace 200-400 feet above the ground. Aircraft in this airspace would be required to have sense and avoid technology.
While Amazon is not the first to make a drone delivery it is an important milestone for the future of drones—one that is being made outside the United States. The FAA is making some headway with its Part 107, but more needs to be done quickly to make US regulations competitive with the rest of the world.