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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul 2016 08:31 am 
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With the news of Amazon trialing drone delivery systems, who will be the first ATF poster to get an Airfix kit delivered by drone and will it survive the journey?

One question - on the morning TV report it appears you have to put down a 'delivery mat' so it knows where to put the package - my immediate though was 'How do they deliver these mats?'

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul 2016 09:01 am 
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It strikes me as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Hardly seems to ever likely to be practical.


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul 2016 09:29 am 
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pbcoleman wrote:
It strikes me as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Hardly seems to ever likely to be practical.

Agreed.
They just talked about it on the Radio and that Amazon are starting up with trucks with an on board 3D Printer that would go and print the object you want outside your house.
At the Moment drones are (apart from the Military ones) Hobby things. Start using them for delivering goods..then others will find ways to knock them out of the sky to access what´s on board
http://www.popularmechanics.com/militar ... 2015-demo/

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul 2016 10:30 am 
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They could prove useful in large industrial or military establishments but they are unsuitable for most public areas. Quite how they will prevent the hoodies with catapults or air rifles from shooting them out of the air or ensure the security of the cargo is beyond me.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jul 2016 10:50 am 
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..or Eagles attacking them. This vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5DEg2qZzkU
is worth a look if only for the massive eagle they use

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Last week I bought a book from Amazon which cost all of 1p, plus the postage.
Would it really be more economical to send that book to me via drone than by my local postie?
We have very tight no-flying zones in N.I. which are enforced very rigorously so the drones may well not be option here.

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