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Ladders Through the Air

Posted By on Thursday 21/07/2016 To all blogs

Amazon Prime Air to deliver parcels quicker than ever!

Drones may use lamp posts, "church steeples, office buildings, and radio towers" as perches.

Utilising this ground-breaking new technology, Amazon Prime could one day be able to deliver packages in 30 minutes. Amazon say that using these perches could "enable the (drones) to, for example, avoid bad weather, recharge and refuel, drop off packages, pick-up packages, communicate with a certain control system, reset navigation systems and await further instructions."

The application for this patent was awarded this week but was first filed in late 2014 and says: "The docking stations may incorporate a number of features to enable UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to fly longer routes, to fly routes more accurately, and to provide shelter during adverse conditions."

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An image from the patent.

The perches would form part of a larger "central control system"  in much the same way commercial aircraft operate.

So far, the current prototype drone weighs 25kg and can carry around 2.5kg, travelling only a few hundred meters at a time, so still a little way off delivering ladders!


However, Amazon have said that to justify the use of public property for its service, the platforms could also provide free Wi-Fi for people near by. Amazon have not put a time frame on the service, emphasising that it is still in the research and development phase.

See what Amazon have to say about it.


Comments

On 22/07/2016 07:09:29  Venetia Horton wrote

What an incredible idea! Boxes of shoes are just about imaginable but ladders?!!!!

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