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Drone delivery services starts in Australia

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(Reuters) - Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's drone service made its first air delivery in North Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday after getting approval from the country's civil aviation authority.

https://wing.com/australia/canberra

Interesting design of their VTOL UAV. Looks like it has 12 vertical lift motors and 2 for forward flight. Also the video show that the package delivery is performed by lowering the package by a winch mechanism rather than the UAV landing. Even using a fixed wing design I'm sure that the batteries can't last that long so would really restrict the distance it can fly.

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@spitfire124 - I've read that CASA limits the deliveries to 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) from the base station. Wing's base station is located in Mitchell, Canberra and they are only delivering to the nearby neighborhoods, Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin. Wing hopes to expand to other areas, but you may be right about needing to advance their drone design before they can see through deliveries to locations farther away. 

We've written more about Wing's approved drone delivery program in Australia in today's article: Google Overtakes Amazon in Race to Make Consumer Drone Deliveries a Reality. Looking forward to hearing what others think of the progress Google has made with Wing. 

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