A couple of weeks ago, Amazon conducted its first commercial drone delivery, carrying a parcel containing a Fire TV video-streaming device and a bag of popcorn to a farmhouse in Cambridge, UK, in 13 minutes!
The newest delivery system from Amazon is called Prime Air, designed to get packages delivered to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones. It’s currently being built and tested in the US, UK, Austria and Israel.
But before it even became official, another “Amazon idea” came out – a giant airship that would deploy individual drones to deliver Amazon’s goods to customers. Basically, a flying warehouse with a bunch of drones inside… sounds ambitious but very promising, Amazon!
The unearthed patent describes the “Airborne Fulfillment Center (AFC)” as:
the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”) to deliver items from the AFC to users. For example, the AFC may be an airship that remains at a high altitude (e.g., 45,000 feet) and UAVs with ordered items may be deployed from the AFC to deliver ordered items to user designated delivery locations. As the UAVs descend, they can navigate horizontally toward a user specified delivery location using little to no power, other than to stabilize the UAV and/or guide the direction of descent. Shuttles (smaller airships) may be used to replenish the AFC with inventory, UAVs, supplies, fuel, etc. Likewise, the shuttles may be utilized to transport workers to and from the AFC.
This just shows how ambitious Amazon is… it’s another move to take over the universe. But it’s the perfect solution for last-minute orders, emergency deliveries and random cravings – anytime and anywhere you are!
As of now, it still remains as a patent and there’s no word yet on when it’s going to make its debut.