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Amazon hires team to test drones in Cambridge

As the competition for faster and more efficient deliveries hots up, Amazon is hiring a team to test its unmanned delivery aircraft in the UK.

The company is advertising for a flight operations engineer, a project manager and a software development engineer to join its Prime Air team based in Cambridge.

“Amazon Prime Air is looking for flight operations and certification personnel for flight testing our UAS technologies,” said the company on its careers page.

“You can expect to collaborate on test plans, plan the test evolution, and execute the flights while working closely with our flight engineering and flight test teams in Seattle. We’re looking for aerospace, systems, or other engineers with extensive UAS flight experience. Success will require attention to detail, a safety-oriented attitude, flexibility, and creative problem solving.”

The US company announced that it was using drones as a way of reducing the time it takes to deliver orders last year. In July this year Amazon said it had sought permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test drones that could fly as fast as 50mph for up to 30 minutes at a time and deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg (5lb).

Amazon bought Cambridge-based start-up Evi Technologies two years ago.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Exciting. Have they been tested when it's windy? Given how aircraft can shift in turbulence and gusts, a 'little' drone could really struggle?

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