The first legal drone delivery has happened in the United States.
No, it wasn’t an Amazon drone delivering some headphones or toilet paper. It was a drone delivering 24 packages of medical supplies to a health clinic in rural Virginia.
Close up of Flirtey delivering in Virginia today! pic.twitter.com/7genpCweHF
— Flirtey (@Fly_Flirtey) July 17, 2015
Australian company Flirtey is behind the drone, and the company stated that it worked with the Mid-Atlantic Partnership at Virginia Tech, Remote Area Medical and NASA’s Langley Research center to make this historic flight. Those involved are calling the first flight a “Kitty Hawk” moment in drone delivery.
Once supplies were flown in by a larger aircraft, the 10-pound drone picked them up and made three round-trip flights to deliver the supplies to the mobile RAM clinic, which serves about 1,500 people in the Wise County area, according to this Virginia Tech statement.
The drone delivery was part of a project called Let’s Fly Wisely, which is working on ways to get supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Friday’s FAA-approved test flight was the first of its kind in the U.S., as Flirtey likes to point out, beating Amazon to the punch.
Flirtey beats Amazon to market, launching the first demonstration drone deliveries in the US http://t.co/yLGmDpcCfh
— Flirtey (@Fly_Flirtey) July 20, 2015
Watch more about the initiative below in this video from Virginia Tech: