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Aerowerx

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Just heard on the radio that UPS wants to start using drones to deliver packages, up to 55 pounds.

And at night, too!
 

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https://www.fliegerfaust.com/drone-news-ups-starting-2640806199.html

It's just in North Carolina and just between hospital helicopter pads...

(Edited, originally I read Virginia).
Oh, did you miss this statement....
....and eventually consumer packages potentially throughout the U.S.
Hmmmm. I can picture the headlines now: "Life Flight crashes into hospital after collision with UPS drone"

They are going to need some coordination to avoid that.
 

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It's an overall approval yes.

But for now... It's running medical supplies and transplants between hospitals. Pretty sure we can be assured that airlift helicopters are adsb equipped. A buck says the uavs will be.

It's a pretty safe way to start testing and proving the concept.

Like the self driving trucks in was it Arizona or Nevada? Just on a straight highway with good weather... Prove it can manage the basics first, then incrementally do more.
 

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If I was cut open on an operating table waiting for parts I'd much rather they were being delivered by a UAV than by an ambulance trying to get through downtown traffic.

Coordinating the drone flights with other traffic sounds like the easiest hurdle they have to get over.
 

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If I was cut open on an operating table waiting for parts I'd much rather they were being delivered by a UAV than by an ambulance trying to get through downtown traffic.

Coordinating the drone flights with other traffic sounds like the easiest hurdle they have to get over.
Your surgery has been postponed, Your replacement heart is laying in the middle of 5th street and Main.:)
 

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I won't be surprised when I have to sit back and hear them say "I told you so". Just think of all the target practice people will get. :)
 

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Your surgery has been postponed, Your replacement heart is laying in the middle of 5th street and Main.
Or the far more likely situation: your replacement heart is stuck in traffic at the corner of 5th street and Main.
 

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Coordinating the drone flights with other traffic sounds like the easiest hurdle they have to get over.
This - should - be easy.

I hope they get this part worked out soon as the technology should be adaptable for the rest of us, including -part 103s.
 

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For a hospital drone to conflict with a hospital helicopter someones either going to have to be criminally stupid or do it on purpose.

In flight plan mode (gps autonomous mode), even my little "toy grade" Bebop2 is within a few feet of where it's supposed to be and within a few seconds of when it's supposed to be there. It could easily land in a single parking space behind the hospital.

You'd have to be a real "glass is half empty" kind of guy to make it not work.
 
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