Video: Amazon, NASA and what’s holding the drone economy back

The flat, sprawling expanse that once served as Silicon Valley’s federal airfield — a facility now home to Google’s aerospace and robotics research — provided a fitting backdrop this week for a meeting of the aviation and high tech sectors.

In a far-flung corner of the guarded campus at Moffett Field, past the retro military commissary and other relics from the heyday of government-powered space exploration, a series of white tents have been arranged behind a high barbed wire fence.

Despite the decidedly low-tech ambiance, the meeting convened by NASA and the somewhat Orwellian “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” had a decidedly high-tech focus: charting a more coherent path forward on the deployment of drone technology.

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