In the United States, some large companies are engaged in a race for delivery drones. And obviously, UPS, through its subsidiary UPS Flight Forward, has just taken the lead.
Like Amazon and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), UPS has a drone delivery program. And in a statement, the company says that it has just obtained the FAA “Part 135 Standard”, the regulator of the aviation sector.
UPS’s drone delivery program is the first to obtain this license and this will allow the company to lift many restrictions on flights.
“This is the highest level of certification that no other company has yet reached,” reads a press release. UPS could, for example, fly an unlimited number of drones, carry loads of over 24 kilograms, or do night flights.
Fewer and fewer restrictions
Currently, UPS is using Matternet M2 drones and drone delivery services at the WakeMed Raleigh Hospital campus.
With the “Part 135 Standard” certification, the company will be able to easily develop this activity on other campuses across the US and find new applications in the medical field.
But UPS may also find other uses for its delivery drones, in other areas.
“Our technology opens doors to UPS and solves problems in a unique way for our customers. We will be announcing other measures soon to strengthen our infrastructure, expand services for our healthcare customers and propose new uses for drones. Said David Abney, director
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