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Drone sets long-distance delivery record

Latitude HQ-40 drone
A Latitude HQ-40 drone similar to this one was used for the 97-mile test flight in Texas. (BNSF Photo)

Team Roadrunner, a Nevada-based drone consortium, says it set a record for long-distance drone delivery last week in Texas. The team’s fixed-wing drone flew more than 97 miles on May 5, during a circuitous trip that headed southward from Austin and then returned. Visual observers and a mobile command-and-control center guided the drone through the flight corridor using cellular communication links.

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