Toddler Gets Popsicle by Drone

Toddler Gets Popsicle by Drone

August 27, 2018

Solving the last-mile delivery problem is difficult.

One approach that is being considered is delivery by drone.  Previous OM in the News posts have looked at drone use by Zipline and Doordash.  Now, the FAA has conducted a test with a drone out of line-of-sight of the operator.

The test: delivering a Popsicle in 6 minutes from a simulated store, to a 2-year-old more than a mile away. The FAA’s drone didn’t land, but instead hovered, and lowered the Popsicle with a tether.

Current regulations limit the use of drones to line-of-sight operation.  If tests like this one are successful, the line-of-sight limitation might be lifted.


Video Spotlight: Toddler’s Popsicle-by-Air Marks Milestone in U.S. Drone Delivery


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Toddler’s Popsicle-by-Air Marks Milestone in U.S. Drone Delivery, by Alan Levin, August 8, 2018; and the Bloomberg video, accompanying Bloomberg video. Image source: wundervisuals/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What problems are facing the use of drones for the last-mile-delivery?

Guidance: In the US, regulations are part of the problem.  The FAA hasn’t approved drones for use beyond line-of-sight.  The Popsicle delivery was one test of concept Continue reading

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New Locks at Panama Canal Unlock Shipping

New Locks at Panama Canal Unlock Shipping

August 21, 2018

The opening of the new locks for the Panama Canal is impacting shipping.  Recently, the 4,000th ship passed through the new locks that opened a little over 2 years ago.

The old locks allowed a Panamax ship to pass through the locks.  A Panamax ship has a maximum Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 52,500.  The new locks allow a Neopanamax ship to pass through with a maximum DWT of 120,000.

Many container ships, and LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) tankers could not fit through the old locks.  The new locks will allow Neopanamax ships to save considerable time and fuel by using the Panama Canal.


Video Spotlight: LNG tanker registers 4000th Neopanamax transit through Panama Canal


This post is based on the editorial post at Port Technology.org, 4,000th Vessel Passes through New Panama Canal, July 31, 2018; and the YouTube video, LNG tanker registers 4000th Neopanamax transit through Panama Canal, by Panama Canal, July 30, 2018. Image source: Lissa Harrison.

Discussion Questions:

1.  How are the new locks impacting shipping?

Guidance: Take a look at a world map and you can quickly see the important of the Panama Canal.  Continue reading

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