Amazon wants to build flying warehouses that deliver via drones

By Prasid Banerjee | Updated Jun 05 2017
Amazon wants to build flying warehouses that deliver via drones
HIGHLIGHTS

Amazon wants to put a blimp, 45,000 feet in the air, which will deliver products to customers within minutes.

Nokia 6.1 Plus 6GB RAM @10,999

16MP+5MP rear |16MP front facing camera,6GB RAM | 64GB ROM with 10% Instant Discount on Debit & Credit Cards.

Click here to know more

An Amazon patent details the company’s idea for a giant drone warehouse in the sky. The patent is called “Airborne fulfillment center utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles for item delivery”.

The blimp will fly at around 45000 feet and deploy Amazon’s Prime Air drones for delivering products to customers. The first claim on the patent says, “A computer implemented method, comprising: under control of one or more computing systems configured with executable instructions; receiving an order for an item from a user located in a metropolitan area, wherein the item is maintained in an inventory of an aerial fulfillment center ("AFC") that is airborne at an altitude; instructing an unmanned aerial vehicle ("UAV") located in the AFC to engage the item; instructing the UAV to depart the AFC; and instructing the UAV to navigate to a delivery location within the metropolitan area and disengage the item at the delivery location.”

Amazon has been testing its Prime Air drones in the UK

The floating blimp will of course allow greater reach to Amazon, especially during high demand. Amazon details one of the examples, “As another example, the AFC 302 may navigate to an advertising altitude so that an expected demand or a known demand for a product can be satisfied. For example, if an event is scheduled to occur at a stadium (temporal event), the items likely to be ordered are determined and stocked in the inventory of the AFC 302. In advance of the event, the AFC 302 may navigate to a position near the event and advertise the stocked inventory items for delivery using a UAV that is deployed from the AFC 302. Ordered items can be delivered from the AFC 302 in minutes.”

Of course, this is only a patent at the moment, which means it may never come to fruition. However, the e-commerce giant has been bullish on getting its drone delivery program off the ground. In fact, Amazon has even begun testing the service in the UK.

logo
Prasid Banerjee

Trying to explain technology to my parents. Failing miserably.

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.