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November 13, 2014

Amazon drones could deliver in 30 minutes

E-commerce giant planning to test delivery drones in Cambridge, UK

By CBR Staff Writer

Amazon is planning to test goods delivery drones in Cambridge, UK that are designed to deliver orders to customers within 30 minutes of placing the order.

The drones are expected to provide a faster delivery in the UK, with the company previously being granted permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test drones that are capable of flying at 50 miles per hour, for up to 30 minutes carrying weight up to 2.3kg.

Now the company might be planning to bring same day delivery using drones in UK.

Recently, the e-commerce giant has been seen advertising aviation related jobs in the UK, which included Flight Operations Engineer, Site Leader, and Senior Research Scientist.

Tech Crunch reported a source familiar with the matter saying that Amazon is expanding its R&D operations to benefit from Cambridge’s talent pool of academics and researchers.

Previously, it was also reported that Amazon was planning to tap into the experience of British drone maker BAE Systems, which builds drones for military purpose.

Amazon said: "We have multiple Prime Air development centres, including R&D labs in Seattle and Cambridge. We’re always looking to add great talent to the team; the Cambridge-based Prime Air positions we have open are a reflection of that."

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