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Friday, August 29, 2014

And Now Google Does Drones - Project Wing

Google, too, is experiementing with drones. From the Google X team comes "Project Wing." Several media outlets reported today Google's experimentation with package delivery using their own drone design. According to the Wall Street Journal,

Google said a 5-foot-wide single-wing prototype from its Project Wing carried supplies including candy bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water and radios to two farmers in Queensland, Australia, earlier this month. Google's drones are 2½ feet high and have four propellers that move into different positions for different stages of flight. Packages fit into a gap in the middle of the wing. Google said it began test flights last year.

The demonstration in the video below was carried out in Australia because drones for commercial applications, of course, are banned in the U.S. For more information about the legal implications of operating drones in U.S. airspace, watch the webinar Directions Magazine conducted on the topic. But for now, see how Google and others like Amazon and Dominos Pizza intend to deploy fleets of drones:

by Joe Francica on 08/29 at 03:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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