The global logistics giant United Parcel Service (UPS) said on Tuesday that it has obtained federal approval to operate a drone fleet. In other words, this gives the company a wide range of privileges to expand the unmanned machine parcel delivery business.
The company’s Flight Forward subsidiary plans to use this approval to ship packages to hospitals and campuses. UPS CEO David Abney said that it might expand to other ‘campus-type environments’ and even families. Flight Forward is committed to empowering e-commerce with the drone delivery business.
This is the first time the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a company to operate a fleet of drones so widely. The FAA certification gives the UPS drone the ability to fly at night and carry more than 55 pounds of cargo.
The approval of the FAA is undoubtedly a milestone in the field of commercial drone delivery. Companies such as Amazon, Uber and Google’s parent company Alphabet are competing to increase drones in their aviation subsidiaries to save costs and increase delivery speed.
In March of this year, the Atlanta-based company began using drones to deliver medical samples to a hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since then, the company has conducted 1,000 flights.
This may sound quite interesting but the fact is there are tons of issues related to the civil use of drones. The latter have a dual-use nature. Thus, they are mainly used for military purposes. But these UAVs can also be effectively used in other spheres. Currently, they are successfully used in agriculture, mapping, construction, etc.