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Drone delivery service: Amazon Prime Air plans to ship packages with unmanned aerial vehicles

This is the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (Credit: Amazon/AP)

This is the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (Credit: Amazon/AP)

On December 1, Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes went behind the scenes at Amazon with Jeff Bezos to show just how all of the packing and shipping – the inside of Amazon’s organization – works. But the big reveal at the end of the segment was this: Amazon is using drone technology to develop “octocopters” for a new delivery service they call Amazon Prime Air. Using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles, which will need only GPS coordinates to deliver packages of less than five pounds, Amazon hopes to launch a drone delivery service – if they can get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate civilian drones. Read more