Amazon Drone Cleared For Takeoff… Or Not?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an Amazon Prime Air Delivery Drone!

Finally! The day has come when loyal users of Amazon Prime are going to see their beautiful purchases arrive within minutes via DRONES of all things. And thank God for that because waiting TWO DAYS is simply too taxing for some people. Please excuse us while we roll our eyes.

Amazon Delivery Drone Flying

Image from Amazon Prime Air Press Release

Amazon pitched its drone delivery service, Amazon Prime Air, in December of 2013, but last Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration issued an “experimental airworthiness certificate” to Amazon so the Internet retailer could start research, development, and crew training for its Prime Air delivery drone service. The company has been given temporary clearance to test a specific model of their unmanned aerial vehicles to see how Prime Air would work logistically and report back to the FAA with their findings.

This means your dream of ordering something on Amazon Prime and having it delivered by your run-of-the-mill service drone, all within half an hour, is about to become a reality, right?

Yeah, not so much.

Apparently the FAA took its dear, sweet time deliberating before giving Amazon a ruling – a solid 18 months of time – and now the drone model it gave Amazon permission to test has already become obsolete.

Whilst patiently awaiting an FAA ruling during this 18-month period, Amazon has had more than enough spare time to rethink its designs and innovate. Amazon has been testing its newest drone models abroad for some time now because the wait time for approval overseas is between one to two months, compared to one to two years in the States.

Sorry to raise your hopes and crush them like a spider, but it looks like Prime Air won’t be making it to the US for some time, unless the FAA learns to expedite its procedures for reviewing proposals. Until then, keep dreaming, Prime lovers, for one day you too shall have your time in the sun.

Author: Lauren Dries

Lauren is a Journalism student at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She's fascinated by the continually developing tech industry and has an unhealthy appreciation for pop-cultural references.

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