Amazon’s new delivery drone will have increased range, expanded temperature tolerance, and the capability to fly in light rain, enabling customers to choose drone delivery more often.
Amazon has been working to get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively and safely in less than an hour. The company has built fully electric drones that can deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than an hour from click to delivery.
In August, it announced that customers who live in Lockeford, California, and College Station, Texas, will be among the first to receive Prime Air deliveries later this year.
Amazon is now introducing its MK30 next-generation delivery drone due to come into service in 2024, which will be lighter and smaller than the MK27-2, the drone that will be making deliveries in Lockeford and College Station.
Reducing the noise of drones is an important engineering challenge for drones that fly hundreds of feet in the air, well above people and structures. Even when they descend to deliver packages, Amazon claims its drones are generally quieter than a range of sounds that would commonly be heard in a typical neighborhood.
Prime Air’s Flight Science team has created new custom-designed propellers that will reduce the MK30’s perceived noise by another 25%. Amazon drones can encounter new, unexpected situations and still make safe decisions autonomously and safely.
The company has created a sophisticated sense-and-avoid system that will allow drones to operate at greater distances while safely and reliably avoiding other aircraft, people, pets, and obstacles.
The newest drone will go through rigorous evaluation by national aerospace authorities like the Federal Aviation Administration to prove its safety and reliability. The company has developed new technologies and made investments in its logistics network that have helped get packages to customers in two days, one day, and even on the same day.
In June, BETA Technologies and its support from Amazon continued with further investment, alongside a successful trial of the ALIA between two Amazon Air Hubs in north Kentucky and Ohio.