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Online retailer Amazon completes its First Delivery by Drone in UK

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An Amazon Prime Air drone is seen in flight in this Amazon handout photo. (Amazon), VOA

Dec 14, 2016: Online retailer Amazon has completed its first delivery by drone.

The drone delivered an Amazon Fire TV streaming device and a bag of popcorn Wednesday to a user in the Cambridge area of the United Kingdom.

According to a tweet from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the delivery was made within 13 minutes of the order being placed.

While successful, it may still be some time before delivery drones are widespread, as there are only two customers as part of its “Prime Air” trial.

That the first test was done in the U.K. is not surprising as Amazon announced last summer that it got permission from the government to test delivery drones.

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Though drone deliveries have been tested in the U.S., Amazon has complained that regulations in the U.S. make it harder to conduct trials.

The U.S. saw its first drone delivery this year when a 7-Eleven drone from the company Flirtey, delivered a chicken sandwich, coffee and donuts to a customer near Reno, Nevada.

Other companies experimenting with drone deliveries include Google and Wal-Mart. (VOA)

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Jeff Bezos Plans to Use Lunar’s Ice Water as Rocket Fuel

"We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants," the report quoted Bezos as saying

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Amazon.in arrived in India on June 5, 2013 and for world's top billionaire Jeff Bezos, has transformed the way the country buys and sells. VOA

Space company Blue Origin’s founder Jeff Bezos envisions fuelling rockets with lunar ice water and using the Moon as the base to explore space further. The richest man in the world discussed his vision during the JFK Space Summit that was held in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.

Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. “We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants,” the report quoted Bezos as saying.

“The reason we chose those propellants is because we know one day we’ll be refuelling that vehicle on the surface of the Moon from propellants made on the surface of the Moon from that water ice,” Bezos added.

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Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. Wikimedia Commons

The presence of water ice on the Moon was confirmed in August 2018 by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon.

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Earlier in May, Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called ‘Blue Moon’ along with a smaller rover and spoke about his plans of getting to the Moon by 2024. “We must return to the Moon – this time to stay,” the Blue Origin CEO had said.

Bezos had described his vision of humans living on miles-long, orbiting space stations called ‘O’Neill colonies’, named after physicist Gerard O’Neill, who first floated the concept. However, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked Bezos’ moon plans saying that “they make no sense”. (IANS)