Service area determined for drones delivering to Christiansburg homes

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— We now know what areas will be included in the initial trial for drone delivery service happening later this month.

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Wing, the company bringing the drones to Christiansburg, has built its “nest” or headquarters off Welcome St. behind Gran Rodeo and next to Grand Home Furnishings. The site is still under construction, but officials said drones will be taking off from the nest before the end of the month.

“We’re excited, the site is almost done. This will be a first-of-its-kind delivery service in the United States,” said Wing spokesperson Jonathan Bass. “It’s happening right here in Christiansburg before it’s happening anywhere else.”

Although it’s still too early for us to step on site, we did get a chance to learn exactly who will be part of the initial trial area. According to the delivery map, it’s about two to three miles north and south of Peppers Ferry Rd., reaching out as far west as Belmont Christian Church, and down to Christiansburg High School.

The coverage area is starting small, but officials said once they get things going, they plan to expand it farther into the New River Valley.

“Even if you don’t live in this area, if you live a little bit outside of the area or anywhere else in the New River Valley, we’re happy to give you additional information about the trial and what the next steps are,” Bass said.

Bass said the best way to sign up and gain access to the smartphone app is to go to https://wing.com/united-states/virginia/ and register, even if you’re just outside of the delivery area, you may eventually be able to participate.

If you’d like to see the delivery drones in action or ask questions in person, you have two opportunities Saturday to do so. Wing will be at Belmont Christian Church from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at the Christiansburg Recreation Center from 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

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