Mailmen around the world just took a collective sigh. The first-ever drone delivery took place on Friday in Virginia and it was a booming success!
The Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey created the gadget and representatives from the company stood by anxiously as the drone made its initial flight.
Companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart have flirted with idea of drone deliveries and it looks like the time has almost come for that to be a reality. The drone manufacturer worked with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch the drone and carry out the mission.
The drone took 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic Wise County Fairgrounds over three three-minute trips. The drone took off Lonesome Pine Airport, Virginia, and landed in the fairgrounds over five miles away.
“Proving that unmanned aircraft can deliver lifesaving medicines is an important step toward a future where unmanned aircraft make routine autonomous deliveries of your everyday purchases,” said Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny.
Right now, the FAA has banned all drone deliveries - only allowing this routine as an exercise to see how the process would work. But since the delivery was a wild success, there is hope that the FAA will loosen its stance on the idea of unmanned flights delivering your precious mail and packages.
The French and Swiss postal services have already begun experimenting with drone deliveries. If things progress further in the United States, I think we'll be right behind them.
What do you think about drone deliveries? Are they the postal service of the future or just another way to take jobs away from living, breathing people? Let me know by commenting below!