Amazon Just Patented a Floating Warehouse

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If Amazon’s free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime and huge number of products available for next-day delivery for just a few dollars more isn’t fast enough for you, perhaps you’d rather just have the entire Amazon warehouse fly right to you. A recent patent by the online mega retailer suggests that just such a thing may be in its roadmap.
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Amazon seeks patent for system that links up drones to create a Borg for deliveries

Right now, Amazon’s delivery drones are designed to drop off packages weighing no more than 5 pounds. But what if you could link up lots of drones? Then your bigger packages could be assimilated.

That’s the idea behind a patent application from the Seattle-based online retail giant that focuses on Lego-like assemblies known as “collective UAVs,” or unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Amazon’s latest idea is a flying warehouse that will deliver your stuff by drone

Amazon is exploring the use of giant airships to serve as mobile, flying warehouses that could help the online retail giant deliver more of its goods by drone.

You might already be familiar with Amazon’s drone delivery service, which recently received a demo in the United Kingdom for the first time. But the idea for a fleet of large airships, disclosed in filings to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, expand on those ambitions dramatically. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)
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