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Offline tom66

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Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:44:41 PM »
http://mashable.com/2013/12/01/amazon-unveils-flying-robot-delivery-drones/

This seems somewhat impractical. World record flights of above 60 minutes are rare (15~20 minutes is typically a maximum); what if the Amazon drone has a strong headwind? It's going to need a large battery and this means carrying more weight. While 90 minutes and above have been achieved, that is by luck and by having a low weight frame and design.

It seems more like a PR stunt than any practical service.

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 07:47:35 PM »
I don't think there's even a grain of truth to this story.
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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 12:32:39 AM »
im not gonna pretend to understand the technology, but if we can deliver an explosive warhead to a cave 2 countries away with an unmanned drone, i think that delivering a book a few miles away shouldnt be that much of an issue.

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 12:52:15 AM »
Unmanned drones use jet fuel don't they?

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2013, 12:53:01 AM »
Is it legal to "catch" this thing if it flies above your property ?  >:D

« Last Edit: December 03, 2013, 01:00:52 AM by BravoV »

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2013, 01:26:07 AM »
There's no way this story has any shred of truth; it sounds to me like Jeff Bezos was on drugs and thought April Fools was in December.

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2013, 01:28:54 AM »
Look out everyone, looks like The Onion has sprung a leak! :scared:

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2013, 01:29:31 AM »
If only there was some way to get everyone thinking about, talking about, and visiting Amazon on Cyber Monday.  I wonder how that could be accomplished.    :clap:

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2013, 05:46:35 AM »
 :o :o :scared: :palm: :-- :wtf:
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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 05:49:19 AM »
Is it legal to "catch" this thing if it flies above your property ?  >:D

No.

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 06:30:36 AM »
I just saw an interview on the business channel with someone who claims to be heading the group developing the drones. The interview took place in an Amazon warehouse, and they sounded pretty serious about trying to develop the system. There was some video showing it being loaded and delivering a package. However, he kept making statements like "there is still much work to be done", "we are years away from a fully functional system". And when any interesting question was asked regarding technical aspects or FAA authorization, the response was "I'm not in a position to discuss that". It was also reported that the FAA has been tasked with coming up with a set of rules governing the civilian use of drones by 2015.

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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 06:51:53 AM »
This is so stupid, how can they even consider just leaving it there on your front lawn anyway?
How are they going to get enough drones to make the plan feasible?
How are they going to keep them in the air for long enough?
How are they going to fly them fast enough?
How are they going to be able to lift anything over a few grams?
How is this going to save money after all the drones they destroy?
How are they going to have operators for each one?
How are the FAA going to let them get away with this?
How are they going to be allowed to fly them over public spaces?

I guess April fools came early late this year  :clap:
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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 06:53:14 AM »
Amazon.com has a FAQ about these drones and one is "Is this a joke" and they said No, it is 100% a fact that they have this in development with plans to deploy in 2015. They said currently there is a ban until 2015 on commercial use of drones in the US, but they expect the ban will not be renewed. "oops, I'm sorry senator I seem to have misplaced my packet of money. Let me know if you find it"
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Re: Amazon to use drones to deliver items in "under 30 minutes"
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 07:30:11 AM »
Not as stupid as you seem to think.

This is so stupid, how can they even consider just leaving it there on your front lawn anyway?

Doorstep works, and UPS already does this (with no signature) for residential delivery.

How are they going to get enough drones to make the plan feasible?

Build them. They're not made of some scarce unobtanium. Just takes money, and Amazon has plenty of that.

How are they going to keep them in the air for long enough?
How are they going to fly them fast enough?
How are they going to be able to lift anything over a few grams?

Already demonstrated.

How is this going to save money after all the drones they destroy?

Good question, but they seem to think it can be done. Destroying them will be a crime, but I'm sure plenty of red-necks will be doing that until a few (hundred) get prosecuted.

How are they going to have operators for each one?

No need. They are autonomous, and simply need GPS coordinates.

How are the FAA going to let them get away with this?
How are they going to be allowed to fly them over public spaces?

These changes to the laws are already in progress. Expected to be legally possible by 2015 (which is probably sooner than their drone program can be ready).


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