UPS Delivery Drones Fly Higher and Other News

In recent weeks, some good and bad are making headlines in the drone industry.

Earlier this month, UPS announced that its drone service is the first of its kind to be recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial airline. This latest advance in the now years-old effort to put drones to work over America means the FAA has given something called Part 135 Standard certification to the logistics giant’s drone-slinging subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward. Read more here.

What this means is it is treated as a full-fledged airline, able to operate as many drones in as many locations as it wishes (although there are a lot of obstacles and caveats before that can happen in reality), according to an article by TechnologyReview.

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As stated above, it may take a long time before the commercial world can fully integrate drones on a wider scale, but this is already moving toward that goal.

Meanwhile, more good news for UPS.

The drugstore run could soon be replaced by the drugstore flyby as the United Parcel Service follows rival FedEx in partnering with a major U.S. drugstore chain on drone deliveries. On Monday, UPS announced plans to work with CVS Health to develop a prescription drug delivery service using UPS drones. UPS Flight Forward and its partner Matternet this month became the first drone delivery service to receive full certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone airline. Read more.

On the other side, however, concerns about the use of civilian drones present a hindrance or challenge.

Civilian drones pose a serious risk to airports and other businesses which is why Kaspersky has launched a new solution designed to help organizations and property owners protect themselves from unauthorized trespassing by drones. While the global drone market was estimated to be worth £11bn in 2018, the mass adoption of this revolutionary technology could be affected by the negative connotations that are often associated with drones. Read more here.

In a related news, it is reported that “UK airlines, airports, and air traffic management providers are planning for possible widespread disruption to flights caused by deliberate drone incursions conducted by political protest groups. The anticipated threats include the worldwide demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion environmental action network, which this week included an activist gluing himself to an airliner parked at London City Airport.” See more.

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