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Amazon’s Delivery Drones Flew Beer During Initial Testing

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The drone delivery system is another big innovation of Amazon, but is not yet expected to be launched until 2015. President of Lakemaid Beer Jack Supple decided to offer his idea hoping to speed up the debut of the drone?s introduction. This creative idea has been released on You tube, showing off a flying robot delivering a frosty beer to fishermen on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota.

Was it Successful?

The video starts when a store clerk received an order for delivery and wrote down the details. The clerk then attaches a 12 ? pack beer to the delivery drone, which flew off to successfully deliver the package to a fishing shack covered by snow. The drone failed to pick up the package at first, but went off after two bottles were removed.

The robot was able to carry the 12 ? pack of beer with a weight of 15 pounds and nine ounces. The alcoholic cargo remained intact upon successful delivery. Supple told in a TV interview that they thought it was a smarter idea to deliver the package on frozen lakes than in big cities.

About the Octocopters

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Also known as Octocopters, these drones have the capacity to deliver goods weighing up to 2.3 kilograms within 30 minutes upon placement of orders. Supple added that it could take five years before they can start the service. The company still needs to get the approval of the United States Federal Aviation Administration to utilize the unmanned drones for the said purpose.

Grounded by the FAA

Unfortunately, the US Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the ambitious plans of Lakemaid Beer. The FAA coordinated with the company and instructed them to stop the drone?s operations because they were considered a commercial enterprise. Supple also added that the FAA presented a document, which states that there are restrictions on the use of commercial drones.

However, there will be new rules to be implemented in 2015 that will finally allow the use of drones for commercial purposes in the United States. Until then, you will have to go through the traditional process of shipping goods

New rules that will be in place by 2015 could allow for some commercial uses of drones in the U.S., according to document. But until the law catches up with current technology, you?ll still have to hop in a car or walk yourself over to the nearest beer store to get your fix.

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