Amazon's Warehouse in the Sky: Drones used for order delivery
Over the years, technology has gone through leaps and bounds in both science and development. Many years ago, people would have never though of the possibilities that science and technology would discover. From giant cell phones to tiny phones with touch screens, it seems like these days our technology has no limit.
Technology has even gone so far as to propel to the sky using satellites, airplanes, space rockets, and now even drones. It seems, however, that Amazon wishes to push this further with their new idea of making a new kind of warehouse. This kind of warehouse is not like its other predecessors that require a plot of land. Instead, it takes place in the sky.
Amazon has always been the type of company to continue to pursue new and innovative ways to please their customers and to make things a little bit easier for their workers. It sounds hard to believe, but Amazon has decided to look into expanding into the skies in order to make their deliveries more efficient.
According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Amazon.com applied for a patent to use airships to store products and serve as a base for delivery drones. Furthermore, the source states that the patent was filed two years ago but was spotted by Zoe Leavitt, an analyst at technology data and research firm known as CB Insights. Though it sounds a bit far fetched, Amazon.com has already had experience with delivering packages via the use of drones.
The Washington Post states that while Amazon's original goal for drone delivery is 30 minutes, they believe that with the airships in the sky and the use of drones could potentially reduce the time even further, hoping to beat their goal of half an hour. Furthermore, they state that while land-based warehouses are immobile, floating airships can respond to mass surges in demand, such as sports events or comic conventions, and can even respond before these spikes occur.
Amazon's patent filing states that it would cost less energy to send drones from an airship by the use of gravity and falling to reduce energy costs in their delivery. While a lot of thought has gone into the patent filing for Amazon's floating warehouse, the report states that there is no word on when such a system might debut.
Despite the idea being so far out of reach, this was not the first time a company has thought of the idea of using airships and drones. Big-name companies such as Facebook and Google have floated airships for their own interests of their company, like beaming down Internet connectivity to Earth.
When thinking about such possibilities of science and technology and the fact that other companies have thought about this idea as well, it is not impossible that such a possibility would exist in the future.