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The designation removes limits on the size of the company’s potential drone operation. So we’ve had a lot of tests. At this point, the drone is autonomous (in Monday’s test, for FAA comfort, someone had a control unit). Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. That’s why UPS has partnered with several global organizations to provide Rwanda with the world’s first national drone delivery service. UPS Flight Forward plans in the future to transport a variety of items for customers in many industries, and regularly fly drones beyond the operators’ visual line of sight (BVLOS).” In fact, the company has already completed its first flight BVLOS – immediately after acquiring the certification – by performing a revenue delivery at WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, N.C. UPS has beaten out competitors, such as Amazon’s Prime Air and Alphabet’s Wing, as the first to receive a full Part-135 certification. Adding new services outside of the healthcare industry, including the transport of special commodities and other regulated goods. All rights reserved. “The first step is done,” says Bala Ganesh, who leads the Advanced Technology Group at UPS, including the drone effort. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. “Our technology is opening doors for UPS and solving problems in unique ways for our customers,” Abney said. Since then, we have learned of UPS’s plans to partner with CVS to deliver healthcare products and over-the-counter medications to residents by drone. 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UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. by Alan Boyle on October 1, 2019 at 10:44 amOctober 1, 2019 at 10:47 am. The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. Prior to this month’s Part-135 certification acquisition, UPS has been conducting drone deliveries at a large hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photograph: UPS UPS, which operates 564 owned and leased traditional airplanes, has long been in the business of delivering parcels as well as heavy cargo, and now plans to use drone … It won’t strand you on the tarmac without explanation. Learn how these machines are connecting customers and helping disaster relief efforts. As a certified airline operator, UPS prioritizes and specializes in logistics. FILE - In this June 24, 2019, photo a UPS aircraft taxis to its hangar area after it arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas.