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Amazon has been testing drones in the UK since 2015

By Dan Wilson November 24, 2016 - 1:32 am

According to an email string that has been revealed after a freedom of information request, Amazon has been working with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) on the testing of drones for delivery in UK airspace.

And some of the communication revealed has been, well, rather chummy.

An email from an Amazon employee dated May 2016 to the CAA says: We look forward to hopefully seeing all of you on Monday at our test facility. We’ve reviewed the most recent forecasts, and propose a start time of 11 a.m. Given we are still three days out, we will continue to monitor the forecast and I will update this thread if we need to shift the time.

We will be outdoors during the testing (approximately 1-2 hours). Temperatures can vary widely with the sun and the wind, so it is recommended to bring a jacket, dress in layers, and wear trainers or wellies since we will be in a field.”

There’s also plenty of talk of lunches and breakfasts.

  • Andy R
    3 months ago

    Isn’t it rich?
    Are we a pair?
    Me here, at last, on the ground
    You in mid-air
    Send in the drones
    Isn’t it bliss?
    Don’t you approve?
    One who keeps tearing around
    One who can’t move
    Where are the drones?
    Send in the drones
    Just when I’d stopped opening doors
    Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
    Making my entrance again with my usual flair
    Sure of my lines
    No one is there
    Don’t you love farce?
    My fault, I fear
    I thought that you’d want what I want
    Sorry, my dear
    But where are the drones?
    There ought to be drones
    Quick, send in the drones

  • Barbara Dibley
    3 months ago

    So how is drone delivery going to work. Do they message you and you open the window to let it in. Do they strap the parcel to the drone or does it use grabbers like the fairground games. Will they drop it in the middle of my yard just before a customer drives in and crushes it with a 7.5 t truck. Where do they steer them from and who will put the parcel on it. Don’t you need to be in sight of the drone to fly it safely. Can they go in lifts. Will drone delivery be an option.

    • TINKER
      3 months ago

      its the air-to-surface missile that could be a big help with non payers and awkward buyers

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