Tech – UPS gets cleared to roll the Fleet of Delivery Drones

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Tech - UPS gets cleared to roll the Fleet of Delivery Drones
Tech - UPS gets cleared to roll the Fleet of Delivery Drones

Technology, UPS gets FAA clearance to roll out a fleet of delivery drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave UPS the go-ahead to create a fleet of drones to deliver packages with very few limitations on Tuesday, the first time it’s given such broad permission to a delivery company.

The move essentially will allow UPS to create its own drone airline. The company’s UPS Flight Forward program now has full FAA Part 135 Standard certification to operate a fleet of drones beyond an operators’ line of sight and the ability to fly drones at night. The company’s  Matternet drones will at first be used for the delivery of medical products and specimens. 

Tech - UPS gets cleared to roll the Fleet of Delivery Drones
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“This is history in the making, and we aren’t done yet,” said David Abney, UPS chief executive officer, in Tuesday’s press release announcing the certification. “Our technology is opening doors for UPS and solving problems in unique ways for our customers. We will soon announce other steps to build out our infrastructure, expand services for healthcare customers and put drones to new uses in the future.”

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