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Longest Drone Delivery Sets New Record in the US

It’s already considered as a really common thing to have your online package delivered straight to your doorstep by a drone. On May 5 this year, a drone, HQ-40 UAS, travelled more than 156 kilometers (97 miles) to deliver a package, under the surveillance of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS).

Companies like Amazon, 7-Eleven, and UPS have already taken the first step in the drone technology, delivering packages to their customers; but these trips are usually short and fast. They will never be able to compete with this world record breaking drone delivery journey that covered 97 miles from somewhere in central Texas to a pneumatic part of the city of Austin.

Following a predefined flight route through the National Airspace System (NAS), the drone is remotely controlled via a cellular communication link. Unfortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibit drones from flying without being in the line of sight, so a team of observers have to be scattered across the flight path to make sure the drone remains visible at all times.

According to NIAS, “This was the most challenging, logistically-intensive, and longest package delivery demonstration recorded to date using cellular technology in the NAS, and allowed us the opportunity to demonstrate innovative capability – a demonstration necessity for the UAS industry,” says Chris Walach, Director of the Nevada UAS Test Site. “Drone package delivery in an urban and remote environment is the wave of the future, and Nevada is leading and helping to grow this major commercial endeavor. These package delivery milestones prove that new UAS technology enables the safe integration of UAS into the NAS for long-distance and urban package deliveries.”

Walach continued, “Drone package delivery in an urban and remote environment is the wave of the future, and Nevada is leading and helping to grow this major commercial endeavor. These package delivery milestones prove that new UAS technology enables the safe integration of UAS into the NAS for long-distance and urban package deliveries.”

[Source: NIAS]

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