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Google wants order in uncontrolled airspace so its Wing drones can fly

Martyn Williams | July 30, 2015
To bring order to low-altitude airspace so its Project Wing delivery drones can get off the ground, Google is proposing a set of rules for operating aircraft below 500 feet.

He also wants to use existing cellular networks for the two-way data paths between drones and the ASPs, and he called on network operators to get involved.

"Join us. You guys can make a ton of money and so can we."

If the FAA takes up Google's proposal, Vos said, it will make flying "significantly safer and significantly more reliable and better performance," but Google clearly has a heavy commercial interest in changing the current regulatory regime.

It and Amazon have been two of the most vocal proponents for a new set of rules and regulations that would allow companies to use drones to make money. The FAA is also being lobbied by filmmakers, real-estate agents, engineers and others who see drones as a way to change or improve that way some work is currently done.

Vos delivered his proposal at a drone conference at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California.

 

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