Aerospace

Video: How Amazon preps a drone for delivery

11 August 2022

Amazon was the original company to suggest using drones for the delivery of packages to augment a logistics shortage of drivers, to reach remote locations and to accelerate the delivery process overall.

However, the company faltered and didn’t launch actual service until this year when it chose Lockeford, California, for the first drone delivery testing location. It followed up quickly with a second testing area in College Station, Texas.

While much has been covered about other startups and other larger organizations testing drones for delivery, Amazon has been mostly in the dark.

Now, the e-commerce giant has released a video showing how its drones operate for delivery. In the video, a group of Amazon workers are shown working on drones, maintaining them and attaching a package to one for lift off. Amazon talks about its history of proposing the use of drones for logistics and how people initially laughed at the company and now drones are being tested worldwide not just for packages but for food, goods and healthcare delivery as well as other items.

The video finishes with a look at how the drone would deliver a package to a front door or back yard and shows how the aircraft flies in a test at an unnamed airport.

While Amazon may have been slow to begin real-world testing of its drones, the company seems to be playing catch up quickly and, with its financial capabilities, could accelerate its platform much faster than any startup currently testing.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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