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  • Drones Delivering Packages......... Really ????

    Every time I hear this on the news I laugh. Am I missing something ???? Most of these drones have a limited range and payload, unless they are some large scale commercial type. But then......... can you imagine the accidents that will happen?????? How are these things going to deliver packages to someones house with out getting tangled up in power lines or trees. You think that UPS has a lot of damage claims now????? what would it be like if they started using these drones???
    What about in air failures and collisions, or people getting hit. Can you imagine one delivering your new 8" chuck and dropping it on the hood of you car or the roof of your house??? Think of all the packages on the UPS or FedEx truck that's on your route and every one of these packages being delivered by a drone vs a truck.
    The air would be swarming with these things. What about the maintenance and repairs to all of them??? It would be a lot more work than servicing a fleet of trucks.
    I just can't see it being practical.

    JL................

  • #2
    Two things they are perfect for - cigarettes and marijuana, both legal here, and only an ounce or two.
    Last edited by lakeside53; 04-02-2016, 08:42 PM.

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    • #3
      The size and weight of the packages
      would probably be limited I would think,
      Otherwise the size of the drones would
      probably increase to real helicopter size.
      I am curious about the payload capacity
      v/s size of the drone though. I guess
      part of it would depend on motor size
      and battery life too.

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      • #4
        I could see pizza deliveries (maybe you could call it "pie in the sky?" ;-) ), small/lightweight automotive local parts deliveries and similar. Small packages that are delivered to locations that are no more than a coupla miles away as the crow (i.e. drone) flies. I could also see Fed Ex/UPS etc using them to help with normal truck delivery. Many of their packages are quite small and lightweight. I could see the trucks delivering to a local area, the small lightweight stuff is unloaded at a central facility and "droned" to customers living close by, where the larger/heavier packages would still be delivered by truck. That right there would save the commercial carriers a lot of money if it could be worked out as practical.

        Whoever used them (as a business) would need to hire someone to fly it and also keep the drone charged and going - until tech developed to the point it could truly fly end-to-end and back autonomously and completely safely. Downsides I could see right off would be liability. One falls out of the sky or crashes into something or someone for whatever reason (mechanical failure, human error etc) and all of a sudden you have a very expensive pizza delivery. Also, not everyone would be easily and safely serviced by a drone. People living in houses with good aerial access might not be too bad, but many don't have easily accessible landing areas (due to foliage, trees, bushes, cars in the way, dogs running around outside etc). Many more live in apartment complexes or townhomes, again posing challenges for a safe landing area that is accessible to the customer. There would have to be a mindset change, where everyone with a residential home had a "mini-heliport" that was able to safely accommodate a drone for deliveries. And apartment complexes etc would need a similar drone landing port that would serve as a common delivery area for residents. That part at least is pretty doable I think. Just takes changing mindsets and pretty simple accommodations. The rest of it? Not so sure the liability part will be overcome in a long time; lawyers rule our society.

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        • #5
          I could see the service using cell phone
          location or locating for delivery, that way
          you could step outside in a clear area
          or what ever and it could home in on you.

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          • #6
            I love to shoot & hope they deliver in my area as I won't even have to say "Pull". It will be like the carnival, aprize with every hit

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            • #7
              I want one to spy on the good looking ladies

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GEP View Post
                I want one to spy on the good looking ladies
                And you sir are why we can't have nice things.
                Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by flylo View Post
                  I love to shoot & hope they deliver in my area as I won't even have to say "Pull". It will be like the carnival, aprize with every hit
                  If you were really going to do this, do you think you should post it for the world to see ?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hephaestus View Post
                    If you were really going to do this, do you think you should post it for the world to see ?
                    So long as the drone is below 500' and over his property he's golden. In most areas if the operator isnt within visual range, is over city limits, or on a common flight path the case has also been made in the interests of public safety. The real reason why drone delivery services likely wont succeed is that there are quite a few laws on the books already that forbid it. It is like 3d printing tho in that it stirs the imaginations of the gullible so makes good news.

                    Before we left Indiana, last summer the local branch of a major news network in our lil city caught a hefty fine from the FAA bc they used a drone to film a city festival at night and broke every one of the last three - 1. flying in the approach route for the local U's airport, 2. over city limits, and 3. outside visual range bc it was nighttime. A flight instructor who is in the local drone/RC club saw the news story and reported them.
                    Last edited by justanengineer; 04-03-2016, 01:14 AM.
                    "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hephaestus View Post
                      If you were really going to do this, do you think you should post it for the world to see ?
                      Sure, I actually have a nice drone with a go pro camera & had a military totally whaite good size silent drone fly within a mile of the farm, no markings at all so must have been a UFO to me & a friend at least.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by flylo View Post
                        I love to shoot & hope they deliver in my area as I won't even have to say "Pull". It will be like the carnival, aprize with every hit
                        Originally posted by hephaestus View Post
                        If you were really going to do this, do you think you should post it for the world to see ?
                        It's been done already. One town has already enacted a "Blow them out of the sky." ordinance.
                        I'm in complete agreement.

                        I haven't read anywhere where Amazon is seriously considering drone deliveries. They are starting up their own fleet of delivery vehicles operated by humans though.

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                        • #13
                          I have seen three drones while flying near my home airport (KUMP).
                          Two were very small and probably would not have caused me to crash had we collided.
                          The other was very large and probably was military.
                          All were about 1000' AGL.
                          Those damn things are scary.
                          The new FAA rules will have no effect IMHO.
                          Bill
                          I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Seastar View Post
                            The new FAA rules will have no effect IMHO.
                            Bill
                            The new systems at airports will force drones that violate the perimeter to land.
                            The new rules rules should allow prosecution of the dumb-asses enjoying their "hobby".

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                            • #15
                              flylo : I've read and re-read and still can't figgure out what that word is suppose to be in the quote < military totally whaite good size silent drone>
                              whaite ?????
                              ...lew...

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