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.
A patent awarded to Amazon shows a concept that would suspend huge flying warehouse in the sky and equip it with a fleet of drones that would deliver goods from the flying warehouse to the ground. These “aerial fulfillment centers”, as named by Amazon, will be used in places with a large crowd, like a sports event or music festival, to help deliver things like food and souvenirs. The patent also describes how “shuttles,” or smaller airships, can be used to transport workers to and from the airborne warehouses.
It’s worth mentioning that most patents never end up becoming products, so this could prove to be more a concept that reality.