Amazon Patents Flying Warehouse


And you thought getting packages by unmanned drone was cool.

An Amazon patent available through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details plans to create an “airborne fulfillment center.” Basically, a flying warehouse. Details on the April patent were first uncovered by CB Insights tech analyst Zoe Leavitt.

I just unearthed the Death Star of #ecommerce via @cbinsights… AMZN patent for airborne warehouses at 45K ft spitting out delivery drones
— Zoe Leavitt (@zoe_leavitt) December 28, 2016

The patent says the warehouse could remain at a high altitude, and drones “with ordered items may be deployed from the AFC to deliver ordered items to user designated delivery locations.”

The patent also says shuttles could deliver more inventory to the warehouse, as well as transport employees.

Images accompanying the patent feature a blimp as the chosen airship for the fulfillment center, although it’s not clear the vehicle will be part of Amazon’s final design.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina