It was just last year when Google announced its super secret drone delivery project dubbed Project Wing. Now a leader in the project, David Vos, explains how the company hopes to get its drones in the air by 2017.
Project Wing’s drone isn’t like that of Amazon’s Prime Air octocopter. It features a fixed-wing design (think of a regular airplane), and can hover in place while it drops the goods. It doesn’t require a landing space, but instead, it hovers high above a designated delivery location, safely lowers the package to the ground via string, and then takes off never to be seen again until another order is placed.
David Vos, the project leader behind Project Wing, made an announcement at an air traffic control convention in Washington saying that,
our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017.
Now this sounds great in terms of the project’s rollout, but Vos didn’t state what type of commercial usage the delivery service would be used for. Hopefully it’s for us consumers though.
But Google (now under Alphabet) is not alone in this drone delivery race. Heavyweights like Amazon, Walmart, and Alibaba have drone deliveries in their sights. I’m not to picky on who’s service reaches the masses first, I’d just like to test out the novelty of drone delivery by ordering a tube of toothpaste and watching the drone whiz by, drop it off, and fly away as it fulfills more orders. Fuuuuuture!