Amazon has unveiled the MK30 drone, a new model for Amazon Prime Air. Compared to the MK27-2 drone first launched in testing in June, the new model is said to deliver even faster and can even fly in the rain.
Amazon MK30 drone for faster deliveries via Prime Air
In a press release, the tech giant unveiled the new Amazon MK30 drone, which is expected to succeed the MK27-2, which was launched for a test run just this year, starting in 2024. There are few changes to the basic design and their functions in the new model.
For example, the MK30 will be able to take off, navigate and land safely on its own and deliver packages weighing up to 2.3 kilograms fully autonomously. At the same time, the drone itself is said to be significantly lighter and smaller than the previous model.
Amazon also claims to have been able to increase the range. In addition, the MK30 is said to be better able to handle extreme temperatures and offer improved safety features. Even flights in light rain are said to be possible with the new model.
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New propellers 25 percent quieter
While Amazon Prime Air drones are already said to be very quiet, the Amazon MK30 drone is said to have improved noise levels even further. This is made possible by new, specially developed propellers, which are to reduce the noise of the aircraft by another 25 percent.
Furthermore, the safety functions have been refined, according to Amazon. A sense-and-avoid system is intended to provide additional safety for Amazon Prime Air drones. This allows the flying objects to safely avoid other flying devices or objects. According to the mail-order company, this enables flight operations without direct visual contact from the pilot. In addition, the new model is said to be able to react faster and more efficiently to unexpected events and situations.
With the MK30, qualified delivery is said to be possible in under an hour after the order is placed, and in some cases within as little as 30 minutes, when the new model begins operations in 2024.