Amazon is already incredibly good at advancing the way it gets products to its consumers, and now its next step in delivery systems looks to be a floating warehouse that sends drones out to deliver packages.
The company filed a patent in 2014 that was awarded to Amazon earlier this year, that teases gigantic floating warehouses that the company calls "airborne fulfillment centers". Amazon would man the floating warehouse, something that could be considered a mothership, with staff that would fulfill the orders it receives online, and sends out autonomous drones to deliver them.
Amazon also says that the crew on the ship will arrive on smaller aircraft that will dock, drop off and pick passengers up, and then undock to fly back to the ground - so that the mothership can stay in the air as long as it can. This would give Amazon an exclusive edge against every single other company in the world, in that it could offer items delivered from the sky with the most convenience ever - anywhere in the world it would have one of their "airborne fulfillment centers" are operating.
The potential of this is world-changing, as it could see a future where small drones take multiple items from the distribution craft, fly down to deliver one - and then another to a separate customer, and again until it has delivered all packages, and then flies up to collect more. These crafts could work 24/7 without stopping, ever. Sign me up.
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