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Amazon asks for FAA permission to test drone program outdoors

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Getting all your deliveries by drone is getting one step closer to reality. Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to conduct outdoor tests near its Seattle headquarters.

Amazon, in a letter to the FAA, said that it has already conducted indoor tests.

It says its drones will "travel over 50 miles per hour, and will carry 5-pound payloads." That would cover 86 percent of products sold on Amazon, the company said.

Now Amazon is ready to move the project outside.

It said the drones will weigh up to 55 pounds.

For the tests, the drones would stay within sight and Amazon said it can force landings with a remote-controlled kill switch. If the communication link with the drone is broken, it would automatically return to a predetermined location on Amazon property.

Amazon said that it is only asking to do what private citizens are already doing all the time.

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