by Optic Nerve on 01/04/13 at 11:32 amWashington, DC – (SatireWorld.com)
Drones are about to go postal in Dallas, Texas.
In collaboration with drone-maker Sky Systems, the local US postal service in Dallas will deliver mail via quadricopter drones as early as May of this year, the group recently announced on its blog.
The group is already testing the “US Postal Drone” service in Seattle with a team of 20 postal workers and 20 drones. The postal workers can control the drones by an iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android devices using Sky System’s smartphone app.
Drones are becoming more commonplace these days, with thousands of hobbyists building their own and sharing their experiences on sites like DIYdrones.com. Meanwhile, companies like FedEx are anxiously waiting for the day when drones are admitted to standard U.S. air space reserved for civilian use. The US Postal Drones are expected to share that space with competitors by 2016.
FedEx wants to be able to use drones to transport packages, rather than having to rely on passenger planes. That’s because passenger planes need to be pressurized, which is expensive, and they also can’t fly in formation, which is much more efficient. Re-useable parachutes would drop packages within 4 feet of a regular residential front door claims Ballister Morgan, a Fed-ex company spokesman.
The FAA is working to officially allow the commercial use of Postal Drones by 2015, but the drones cannot fly higher than 400 feet above the ground and must be at least five miles away from any airport.
US Postal officials say the cost will be very low since each drone can tow advertizing banners to offset procurement and operational costs.
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