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The first U.S.-approved drone delivery test flight landed among a cheering crowd in rural southwest Virginia last week, after transporting medical equipment to a rural health clinic.
The test flight was conducted by a coalition of groups, including Australian drone company Flirtey, a team from Virginia Tech, medical assistance groups, and NASA's Langley Research Center. It was the first flight of its kind here in the United States, where drone regulations have been moving at a grudgingly slow pace for companies like Amazon and Google.
The Takeaway speaks with Frank Jones, associate director for Research Services at NASA's Langley Research Center, and Matt Sweeney, the founder of Flirtey, about the operation and what it means for the future of drone delivery services in the U.S.