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Amazon Can (Finally) Test Its Delivery Drones In the United States

The Amazon logo is seen on the new logistics center of the online merchant in Lauwin-Planque, northern France. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo)
 (Michel Spingler/AP Photo)

Maddie Stone, GIZMODO

(Gizmodo.com)—Amazon’s much anticipated same-day drone delivery service Prime Air reached another milestone this week: The Federal Aviation Administration has just given Amazon clearance to begin flight-testing the drones in the United States. Again. For real this time.

This is the second time in as many months that the online retail giant has received a drone testing certificate from the FAA. Last time around, however, the certificate only applied to an already-obsolete prototype. Frustrated by the Feds’ inertia, Amazon recently began testing its delivery drones at a “top secret” location in Canada, just 2,000 feet from the US border.

Now, it seems, the company can finally commence their drone tests domestically. Says the FAA’s director of flight standards service John Duncan, in a letter to Amazon:

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