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Soon drones will deliver e-commerce packages at your door-step

By Vicky

In a first drones will soon deliver packages ordered on e-commerce sites at your door step. Aviation secretary, R N Choubey said that the government proposed to allow drones to carry out delivery at door-steps.

Soon drones will deliver e-commerce packages at your door-step

In the draft rules that were released, the ministry said that small children will be allowed to fly drones weighing less than 250 grams without registering them. The rules however prevent the flying of drones in restricted areas owing to security reasons.

Drones within the 5 kilometre radius of an airport cannot be flown. Further there are restrictions against flying the same within 50 km from international border and beyond 500 metres into sea along coastline; within 5-km radius of Vijay Chowk in Delhi; from a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft; over densely populated areas and places where emergency operations are underway.

The rules further divide drones into five categories based on weight. The lightest are below 250 grams and called Nano drones. And there are four categories above this: 250 gram to 2 kg; 2-25 kg; 25-150 kg and above 150 kg. Except Nano and those operated by government security agencies, all other categories of drones will need to be registered with the DGCA which will give each of them a unique identification number. And except for the lightest two categories, people operating heavier drones will need an "unmanned aircraft operator permit." All drones will need to be flown below 200 feet. Barring Nano drones, all other heavier drones will need to have anti-collision lights and return to home option.

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