Brianna White

Staff member
Jul 30, 2019
I recently read an article discussing the ongoing evolution of drone delivery services. The race to fulfill the promise of drone delivery is heating up as regulators, customers, and service providers navigate the challenges and opportunities of this emerging field.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made significant strides in enabling operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), a crucial requirement for companies to deliver goods at scale. The industry has long called for clear guidance on extending operations beyond the sight of pilots, and it seems we are now seeing this come to fruition.

The article raises an interesting question: Who are the major players and gatekeepers responsible for success in this space? The answer lies in the trusted partners who traditionally deliver goods to people at scale - companies like Walmart, UPS, and Amazon.

In 2023, leading companies like Matternet, Wing, and Zipline received approvals to extend their operations, allowing major logistics partners like Walmart and UPS to plan for the integration and scaling of these efforts. More recently, companies like Flytrex and DroneUp have also made strides in BVLOS operations, vying for a competitive position in the industry.

With the question of feasibility seemingly answered, the next steps are expected to focus on partnerships and scaling.

I encourage everyone to read the article and share your thoughts. How do you see these developments impacting your work and the broader industry? What opportunities and challenges do you foresee with the growth of drone delivery services?

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