Google’s Project Wing drone delivery service gains Aussie approval

The Australian aviation authority, CASA, has given approval to Project Wing to take to the skies in Canberra.

The drone delivery arm of Google parent company Alphabet has been trialling drone delivery of food and drinks, medication and locally-made coffee and chocolate for the past 18 months.

According to a report from the Guardian, CASA confirmed sign off on the scheme yesterday.

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Spokesman Peter Gibson ensured the safety of the drones, traffic management system, maintenance, drone pilot training and operational plans had been examined.

The drone delivery service is expected to start with around 100 eligible homes in the suburbs of Canberra in the coming weeks, before expanding in the foreseeable future.

Speaking to the Guardian Austrlia, Gibson commented: “All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property or aircraft in the sky.”

He also confirmed the approval had been given with strict conditions which include operating in daylight, prohibition of crossing major roads and operation only at a minimum given distance from people on the ground.

In December, CDP reported on Wing’s aim to become operational in 2019.

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