Monday, March 30, 2015

This Later Morning In Snookland...B.C. Is Open For Business.


The drone business that is.

Ed Pilkington of the Guardian has the story:

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, followingrepeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.

The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia...

The only thing surprising about this is that Ms. Clark didn't hold a presser to trade double-entendres with Amazon's uber-boss Jeff Bezos the way she did previously with Richie Rich Branson.

Although, I suppose that, to be surprised one would have to assume that Ms. Clark actually know about the situation.

And you know what happens when you 'assume'.

See Unger, Felix.



Anonymous said...

drone wars.. begun they have.

cfvua said...

Next to trap shooting, drone shooting could become a favourite sport of other non drone aviation enthusiasts. The Americans have it right on this one,with licensing and line of sight ops only, removing at least some of the danger from manned flying machines. Their altitude restriction being too high. 20 metres AGL should be max. Perfect target range as well.

Eleanor Gregory said...

An interesting interview on As it Happens tonight of a Canadian lawyer specializing in drone and robotics law discussing the anticipated future uses of drones. I don't remember there being any courses in law school on drone and robotics law. Of course, I graduated from law school in the previous century...make that previous millenium.

Anonymous said...

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