Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 23:52 UTC
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We're excited to share Prime Air - something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.

The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.

On the one hand, this is insanely cool, awesome, and scifi.

On the other hand, with timeframes like this and the big 60 Minutes reveal, it smells like a marketing trick during the holiday shopping season.

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No chance whatsoever
by Auzy on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 06:19 UTC
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I have a private pilot license, and I'm pretty sure this plan has NO hope whatsoever. I have spoken to other pilots about it, who don't believe Amazon have a hope in hell.

For starters, with Quadrocopters, if a motor fails, it becomes a 2KG falling brick. Even if you add a parachute, if it lands on your windshield whilst you are travelling at 100kph, good luck.

Ignoring all the privacy and falling risks, GPS can fail too (without RAIM, it cannot be relied on at all). VOR and NDB are used instead of GPS for navigation, but, they aren't super accurate, and work poorly at low altitude.

Will they fly above 500ft? (In which case, they become a risk to helicopters), or will they fly below 500ft (and become a risk to manmade structures and helicopters).

Not a chance, and the risks aren't outweighed by the benefits (the only benefit, is that its cool). It's one thing to fly a 200g AR drone made of foam around the room. It's another to carry a load.

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