Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery tests are coming to Texas, too

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones will soon be tested in Texas. The drone delivery tests will take place in College Station, Texas, along with a test area in Lockeford, California, announced last month.

The current MK27-2 design (pictured above) has a hexagonal shape, which Amazon says increases stability, and propellers, which the company claims minimize high-frequency sound waves.

The company originally announced plans to launch a 30-minute drone delivery service in 2013, and showed this now-outdated video (embedded above) as a demonstration of what the future could be like. Amazon demonstrated redesigned drones with hybrid VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capabilities in 2019 and received Federal Aviation Administration approval for its 2020 drones to be able to transport packages while operating out of the operator’s line of sight.

Before announcing plans to begin consumer delivery testing, reports focused on the hurdles Amazon was facing, including multiple drone crashes and allegations that the program was being rushed.

According to Amazon, “hundreds” of customers in the Lockeford area have reached out to join the testing group, and that the Texas launch represents a partnership with the city and Texas A&M University “on some of the great work they’ve done with drones.” . Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery tests are coming to Texas, too

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