Waiting for Amazon, Google Drones? NASA Says Don't Hold Your Breath

Waiting for Amazon, Google Drones? NASA Says Don't Hold Your Breath

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Before Amazon starts drone-dropping Blu-ray's on your doorstep, the FAA and NASA have work to do.

The future does indeed have a sky filled with drones. Amazon, Google, and perhaps even Domino's will be using lightweight quadricopters, but that future appears to be a long ways off.

Before that cardboardy excuse for a pizza pie can be gently dropped onto your front steps, NASA and the FAA have plenty of work to do. Like anything else mechanical taking to the skies, these drones need to be subject to some sort of government-run control scheme.

According to The New York Times, NASA is currently hard at work on an automatic, largely people-free air traffic control system for drones and other small, low-flying craft (low-flying meaning around 500 feet). Instead of relying on a typical air traffic control room, chock full of chain-smoking John Cusacks, the entire system would be automated, and rely on algorithms. The core ideas remain the same, however: Keep craft away from restricted airspace, as well as other craft. No one wants an Amazon drone chock full of your monthly razor and battery subscription slamming into a traffic helicopter.

Dr. Parimal H. Kopardekar is overseeing the project for NASA, and he says the first implementation of such a system would include drones used in agricultural scenarios (spraying pesticides and the like). No timetable has been made public just yet, suggesting that the road to public delivery drones is a long, bureaucratic one.

Once NASA gets its program to an operable level, the FAA would have to sign off -- no easy task, given the department's feelings on non-government drones. Such rules don't quite apply to the hobbyist crowd, but once eCommerce takes to the skies? Uncle Sam steps in.

Source: NYT | Engadget

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All I want to know is where you get your Domino's. They beat out all the competition around here. Now, if you want to order a cardboard pie, hop right over to Papa John's.

As for the drones, well, this is no surprise, really.

Mahorfeus:
All I want to know is where you get your Domino's. They beat out all the competition around here. Now, if you want to order a cardboard pie, hop right over to Papa John's.

As for the drones, well, this is no surprise, really.

I don't order from any major chain, unless it's completely unavoidable. I order from local mom & pop places, which are in abundance in the Metro Boston area.

-Devin Connors
Tech Editor, City Slicker

I posted in the other Google drone thread how this would be impossible (at least in North America) because of people shooting, hacking or stealing them. Thia article now reminds me of what some people may send back with the drone on return trips.

I had a feeling somebody in high places would have a problem up their butt. Still, my feelings are that I could die any day of the week from a random mail-bomb. If I worried about that all the time, my life would be hell. Same applies here.

Silly Google, drones are for assassinating people, not for bettering society.

Mahorfeus:
All I want to know is where you get your Domino's. They beat out all the competition around here. Now, if you want to order a cardboard pie, hop right over to Papa John's.

Here in Australia, or at least my neck of the woods, dominoes is thin and not appetising but pizza hut is cheaper, more pizza and better taste.

Funny that.

OT: Well it was pretty obvious there would need to be a lot of talk to get these drones flying around as common as google and the rest would have you believe.

llubtoille:
Silly Google, drones are for assassinating people, not for bettering society.

Its a first step in SkynetsGoogles plan. google is really really investing into robotics and automated killing machines arent they now. it feels so surreal whne you take a totaly out of whack conspiracy theory and somehow all the evidence is supporting it.

 

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