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Amazon patents its 'warehouse in the sky' concept

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Amazon only recently completed its first drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery, but it has been revealed that the etail giant is planning to take its Prime Air delivery concept to even greater heights. 

Zoe Leavitt, a technology analyst at CB Insights, has found an Amazon patent, filed in April last year, for an "airborne fulfillment center' (AFC) utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles for item delivery".

The patent text indicates that Amazon's AFC could float at an altitude of 45,000, dispatching drones which glide down to deliver customer orders.  Amazon has acknowledged that drone deliveries are energy intensive, especially during take-off and landing, but by navigating horizontally they would use little power, other than to stabilise the drone and guide the direction of descent. 

The patent text explains that the AFC could be used at lower altitudes for advertising, and could be used to deliver food and memorabilia at temporary events, such as football games. 

Read Zoe's Twitter post here.

Source : Insight DIY

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05 January 2017

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