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Amazon considers 'flying warehouse' airship

By T.K. Randall
January 2, 2017 · Comment icon 3 comments

Parcels could be carried from an airship to your front door. Image Credit: Amazon
A new patent for a flying fulfillment center could soon see Amazon parcels being delivered from above.
Imagine a world in which you can purchase something online and have a drone turn up within a couple of hours with the goods. It might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but if Amazon's most recent patent is to be believed, it might become a reality sooner than you think.

The online shopping behemoth was recently awarded a patent for an 'airborne fulfillment center' - essentially a large airship stocked with thousands of products.

When a customer orders something, a drone will pick up the item and then travel down from the airship to deliver it. All of the drones would be able to communicate with one another to share weather information and to work out the quickest routes.
While it is unlikely that such a system will be used to deliver parcels to Amazon's regular online store customers, the airship could, for example, be stocked with items relevant to a specific sporting event and be deployed above the stadium to deliver food and merchandise orders to the fans below.

The idea of using drones to deliver parcels was actually tested out quite recently in the UK and Amazon is currently looking to expand the availability of the service over a wider area.

Whether flying warehouses will ever actually happen however remains to be seen.

Source: CNBC | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Ahahah, that is crazy and amaz(o)ing!  This is so scifi and far fetch that no one can't help but wet his pants thinking about ut!    Wait, I forsee the final form: based on an algorithm that will allow Amazon to predict what people will want to buy before they know it, the ships (err, warehouses) will deliver goods pre-emptively.  The warehouse shape will be something like this:   Of course there's a typo, the A stands for Amazon, not Avengers.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dark_Grey 7 years ago
Technology serves consumerism, constantly closing the gap between the consumer's money and the product they want. The "end of the line" will be 3D printing or some other means for the consumer to create the product right in front on them.
Comment icon #3 Posted by brlesq1 7 years ago
Well, it certainly won't happen in the U.S. anytime soon. The Federal Aviation Administration's new regulations for drones became effective in Aug. '16, and they're pretty restrictive. 

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