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Amazon Patents Flying Warehouse, a Blimp to Store, Quickly Deliver Goods

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Amazon has secured a patent for a flying warehouse. (Image via USPTO)

By    |   Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 06:50 PM

Amazon is planning a flying warehouse, according to a patent filed by the company, which is exploring the use of large airships to serve as flying distribution centers in conjunction with its drone delivery system.

"Imagine you're at a baseball game and wanted to buy a meal or a jersey without ever leaving your seat," The Washington Post reported. "The system Amazon describes would allow you to place an order and receive the item within minutes. From its 'airborne fulfillment centers' hovering near the stadium, Amazon would dispatch a drone with your purchase. The drone would float or glide most of the way, then turn on its propellers and navigate itself to you directly."

The goal is to reduce delivery times to within 30 mintues.

Earlier this month, the company made its first drone delivery in the United Kingdom.

The patent was awarded in April and uncovered recently by CB Insights analyst Zoe Leavitt, who referred to it as the "Death Star of ecommerce."

 

 

The airship imagined in the patent is a blimp, carrying a warehouse 45,000 feet in the air with the ability to float lower and display advertising, USA Today reported.

The airborne fulfillment centers could be stocked to serve events such as football games, and shuttles would be deployed to refuel and restock the airships, CNBC reported. Drones would communicate weather and route data via a mesh network.

The plan would require federal regulatory approval to go forward, CNBC noted.

The idea captured the attention of Twitter users.

 

 

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