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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RE[3]: This is infeasible
by kwan_e on Wed 4th Dec 2013 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This is infeasible"
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I would have loved to have been in that meeting. "We've got a plan. It's technically illegal right now, but hear me out..."

This happens with regular frequency in the US, if I'm not mistaken.

And there's a difference between illegal and not legally covered. I don't have a full understanding of the laws in place right now, but it doesn't seem like there's an absolute blanket ban on this type of aircraft in the proposed airspace.

Lastly, don't underestimate the legal accommodations that can occur when there's billions of dollars at stake in profits, revenues and taxes. Lawmakers are more than happy to change the law to allow new streams of revenue for the government.


I have to say it's very strange how people here are cynical about the government in general, but are then suddenly treating the government as if it's interested in upholding the law when commenting on a story discussing something very financially tempting for the government.

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