(SEATTLETIMES) — The approval federal aviation officials gave Amazon.com last week to test a specific drone design outdoors is already outdated, the company’s top policy executive said Tuesday in written testimony to a Senate subcommittee.
Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, said the Federal Aviation Administration approved an older drone design that the company has moved past. The company needs FAA approval for outdoor testing of drones that it hopes to one day deploy to deliver small packages to customers within 30 minutes in a service it has dubbed Prime Air.
“(W)e innovated so rapidly that the UAS approved last week by the FAA has become obsolete,” Misener said in testimony submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security. “We don’t test it anymore. We’ve moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad.”
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