(CBS Seattle) — Amazon has officially requested that the Federal Aviation Administration allow the Seattle-based company to test drone-based package delivery in its own backyard.

Amazon submitted a formal request to the FAA in which it outlines the intentions of the program and also asks regulators to grant the company exemption to drone-testing rules, which restrict flights to six official staging areas throughout the country.

The letter details the capability the drones have presently saying, “The drones have been through eight generations of development and can now carry 5-pound loads at over 50 miles per hour.”

The online retailer says testing the drone-based delivery system in Seattle is, “In the public interest because it advances Congress’ goal of getting commercial sUAS flying in the United States safely and soon. It is a necessary step towards realizing the consumer benefits of Amazon Prime Air.”

In Seattle, the use of drones have recently sparked a particularly heated debate among privacy advocates and regional tech companies. Late last month police were called to investigate a Seattle woman’s claim of a drone peeping into her apartment window.

On June 30, a government task force assigned to propose regulations for drone use in Washington state met to discuss all the issues surrounding potential drone usage. Governor Jay Inslee had put a ban on government agencies purchasing or using the new technology for the next year back in April.

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