Oops! $350K gov't drone sent to random person

Oops! $350K gov't drone sent to random person

Credit: (Photo: Jose Cabezas)

U.S. Army Lt. David McCurdy prepares to launch a Puma Dorin surveillance drone at Forward Operating Base Joyce in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 20, 2012.

Print
Email
|

by JOLIE LEE / USA TODAY

WCNC.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

The odds of receiving part of a $350,000 government drone in the mail are very slim.

But Reddit user Seventy_Seven got just that. He posted images of the contents of a UPS package Monday that contained wings and a control panel.

"Did I just get a drone in the mail?" Seventy_Seven wrote.

The wrongly delivered box, which was sent to an address in New York, came with a card stating it was the property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's aircraft operations center in Tampa.

NOAA spokesman David Miller told USA TODAY Network that parts of a NOAA Puma drone were not delivered to the intended location of Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts for "environmental research." In all, there were supposed to be eight boxes delivered to the sanctuary, Miller said in an e-mail.

UPS has picked up the misdirected package and is delivering it to the intended address Wednesday, company spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg told USA TODAY Network.

The company is still investigating what went wrong with the delivery. Rosenberg said there could have been an error in the sorting or labeling of the package.

"A label can be dislodged from the package and it literally affixes itself to another package, which we suspect happened," she said.

Rosenberg pointed out that UPS delivers nearly 17 million packages everyday and "mistakes can be made."

Scientists use the Puma drone to "spy on nature," according to NOAA's website. For example, the unmanned aircraft has been used in the Northwest to monitor the nesting and rearing of seabirds, according to NOAA.

The Reddit user wrote that the package was labeled with his name and address.

"Though an odd box, I genuinely thought it was parts for the (weightlifting) bench I ordered, since I wasn't expecting a freaking drone," Seventy_Seven wrote.
 

Print
Email
|