The first federally approved drone delivery went off without a hitch. And no, Amazon had nothing to do with it.
It may not have been as long as a three billion mile trip to Pluto, but a small drone’s journey on Friday delivering medical supplies to a rural health clinic in Virginia was a milestone in its own right.
The successful delivery by a small pilotless aircraft operated by an Australian startup, Flirtey, made for the first time the federal government has legally allowed such a flight. The Federal Aviation Administration approved Flirtey to make the delivery as part of a joint venture called “Let’s Fly Wisely” between NASA, Virginia Tech university, several healthcare organizations in Virginia, and Flirtey, among others.