Amazon is spotted while testing its Prime Air delivery drones at the company's test site near Cambridge

Amazon remains & # 39; secretly & # 39; test the capabilities of its Air Prime delivery drones at their test site in rural UK.

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Engineers in high vis coats were seen yesterday flying drones on wires of a giant metal bridge in a field near Cambridge, England.

It is unclear why the drones are flown attached to cables – but might help to determine the positions of the drone relative to the crane as they land.

Cameras and sensors have also been added to the metal frame to perform tests on the drones and to check if they can navigate and land correctly.

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Amazon continues to secretly test the capacity of its delivery zones in the UK, as Black Friday sales begin today - a week earlier

Amazon continues to secretly test the capacity of its delivery zones in the UK, as Black Friday sales begin today – a week earlier

Engineers in high vis coats were seen yesterday (Thursday) flying drones on wires of a giant metal bridge in a field near Cambridge
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Engineers in high vis coats were seen yesterday (Thursday) flying drones on wires of a giant metal bridge in a field near Cambridge

Engineers in high vis coats were seen yesterday (Thursday) flying drones on wires of a giant metal bridge in a field near Cambridge

The company first began secretly flying its drones in a field near Cambridge, three years ago, in July 2016, after the British Civil Aviation Authority lifted the previous strict drone flight restrictions.

The drone test location was initially the scale of a bowl field, but was recently expanded to approximately the size of a football field.

Amazon unveiled its latest Prime Air drone design this summer during its Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space Conference in Las Vegas.

In a blog post after the event, Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said they expected to scale up Prime Air both quickly and efficiently and deliver packages to customers via drone within a few months.

He explained that they had worked hard to build fully electric drones that could fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages that weigh less than five pounds in less than 30 minutes to customers.

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He said the new & # 39; hybrid & # 39; drone design could do vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter, but was also efficient and aerodynamic like an airplane.

& # 39; Our drones are safe, efficient, stable and good for the environment, & # 39; he added.

We know that customers have high standards, so we set a high bar for Prime Air – and we are pleased that we are approaching our goal. & # 39;

Cameras and sensors have also been added to the metal frame to perform tests on the drones and to check if they can navigate and land correctly

Cameras and sensors have also been added to the metal frame to perform tests on the drones and to check if they can navigate and land correctly

Cameras and sensors have also been added to the metal frame to perform tests on the drones and to check if they can navigate and land correctly

The company first began secretly flying its drones in a field near Cambridge three years ago, in July 2016, after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had lifted strict drone flight restrictions
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The company first began secretly flying its drones in a field near Cambridge three years ago, in July 2016, after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had lifted strict drone flight restrictions

The company first began secretly flying its drones in a field near Cambridge three years ago, in July 2016, after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had lifted strict drone flight restrictions

The drone launch platform was initially the size of a bowl field, but it was recently expanded to the size of a soccer field

The drone launch platform was initially the size of a bowl field, but it was recently expanded to the size of a soccer field

The drone launch platform was initially the size of a bowl field, but it was recently expanded to the size of a soccer field

In August, Amazon Prime Air filed a request for exemption with the Federal Aviation Administration to launch commercial drone operations in the US.

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The secret UK test site is in a field, near a farm, in the middle of the Cambridgeshire countryside and southeast of the Cambridge Cambridge headquarters.

It includes a number of temporary box buildings, which are used as a control center, as well as a large launch area and a test field.

Over the past three years, Amazon has tested how drones can be made to fly out of sight of the operator; how a person can operate multiple highly automated drones and a special & # 39; Sense and Avoid & # 39; system to prevent them from bumping into people and objects.

The drones developed by Amazon are highly automated and have a special technology that allows them to see and then avoid obstacles, making them independently safe.

Amazon said it will not launch Prime Air until they can demonstrate safe operations. It has development centers in the US, the UK, Austria, France and Israel.

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As such, drones will not deliver packages as part of the company's Black Friday sale, which started today – a week earlier.

Amazon unveiled its latest Prime Air drone design at its MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) conference in Las Vegas at the start of the summer

Amazon unveiled its latest Prime Air drone design at its MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) conference in Las Vegas at the start of the summer

Amazon unveiled its latest Prime Air drone design at its MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) conference in Las Vegas at the start of the summer

In a blog post after the event, Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said they expected to scale up Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, and deliver packages to customers via drone within a few months. & # 39;

In a blog post after the event, Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said they expected to scale up Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, and deliver packages to customers via drone within a few months. & # 39;

In a blog post after the event, Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said they expected to scale up Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, and deliver packages to customers via drone within a few months. & # 39;

The secret British test site is located in a field, near a farm, in the middle of the Cambridgeshire countryside and southeast of the Cambridge Cambridge headquarters

The secret British test site is located in a field, near a farm, in the middle of the Cambridgeshire countryside and southeast of the Cambridge Cambridge headquarters

The secret British test site is located in a field, near a farm, in the middle of the Cambridgeshire countryside and southeast of the Cambridge Cambridge headquarters

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