SAN FRANCISCO: America’s largest online retailer and E-commerce Company Amazon.com has demanded a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers.
Amazon Prime Air project vice president Gur Kimchi propagated this idea in a NASA convention in California on Tuesday.
Kimchi proposed setting commercial drone zones between 200 and 400 feet (61 and 122 meters) above the ground, with a no-fly buffer of 100 feet above to keep them safely apart from other aircraft.
“Amazon believes the safest and most efficient model for sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) with mixed equipage and capabilities is in segregated airspace with a defined structure for operations below 500 feet,” said a written portion of the Amazon Prime Air presentation.
“The public and private sUAS industry should work together to realize this new concept of airspace operations if we are to bring the remarkable innovations of sUAS to bear in a safe and responsible way.”
Drones would need to meet technical standards to enter commercial drone zones, which would have their own air traffic control systems.