Amazon has revealed an updated design for its Prime Air delivery drones.
Due to come into service in 2024, this drone will be lighter and smaller than the MK27-2, the drone that will be making deliveries in Lockeford and College Station. The MK30’s increased range, expanded temperature tolerance, safety-critical features and new capability to fly in light rain
Amazon said reducing the noise signature of its drones is an important engineering challenge that its team is working on. The company's drones fly hundreds of feet in the air, well above people and structures. Even when they descend to deliver packages, the drones are generally quieter than a range of sounds you would commonly hear in a typical neighborhood. Still, Prime Air’s Flight Science team has created new custom-designed propellers that will reduce the MK30’s perceived noise by another 25%.
Amazon's drones can encounter new, unexpected situations and still make safe decisions—autonomously and safely. The company has created a sense-and-avoid system that will allow its drones to operate at greater distances while safely and reliably avoiding other aircraft, people, pets and obstacles.