According to the recent news, America’s favourite grocery store Kroger’s first commercial drone delivery took just a few minutes last Wednesday. But there is an ancient path between that short trip in Centerville and years of work by local supporters. Seeking federal authorization for a certain type of drone research in the Dayton and Springfield areas.
While, after the first flight with a Kroger drone, Dayton Daily News reporters asked questions about the new operation and delved into the background. How we got here. Consider joining the effort to produce quality local journalism like this recent investigation with a Dayton Daily News subscription.
The first drone delivery was carried out by Telegrid Technologies’ drone operator, last week in Centerville. A drone flew a box containing two cans of long-grain rice to Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton on the front lawn of the city’s offices in West Spring Valley Pike.
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Why is it noteworthy that what happened in this area? Said Beth Flipo, chief engineer and technology officer at Telegrid Technologies Inc. Her company was drawn to the Dayton area for two reasons. First, Kroger, a Telegrid customer, is headquartered in southwest Ohio. And second, the area was already practising the kind of drone flight that her company needed to work with Kroger. Flights in which operators could no longer see the drone because of the distance.
While after several visits, we realized that flying was in the blood of the people of Dayton,” Flipo said. “And even though Kroger was in Cincinnati, we knew that was where all the flights were really taking place, all the newer planes are being built at Wright Butt.”
What can we expect in future? Telegrid will employ 50 to 100 people at its Monroe manufacturing centre to build drones for Kroger and other customers.