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[4]: This is infeasible
by Delgarde on Wed 4th Dec 2013 03:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This is infeasible"
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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.

No, it's an absolute ban. Basically, the law says that unmanned aircraft have an operator, and that the operator must be within sight of the aircraft at all times. That is, you can use them for aerial surveying and filming sports events and stuff, but they can't be autonomous, and they can't go flying miles from their controller.

(Presumably, the military has exemptions, since they certainly don't follow the these rules).

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