NASA wants city skies filled with drones delivering packages and people

In less than a decade, the air above at least one United States city will be buzzing with unmanned electric aircraft delivering people and packages — at least if NASA’s plan for the future of drones comes true. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, touted the idea Tuesday but knows it won’t be easy.

“We are moving fast,” Bridenstine said in a speech at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas. “We want to see by 2028 at least one city — maybe more than one — have the ability to control hundreds of unmanned aerial systems. They could be carrying cargo or could be carrying people, doing thousands of missions every day.”

To turn the vision into reality, NASA is using a “grand challenge” incentive program to improve the technology’s maturity …

CNET | Oct. 29, 2019.

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