Thanks to Zoe Leavitt from CB Insights who uncovered the documents, we all know now that Amazon filed for a patent in late 2014 for massive flying warehouses.
Warehouses with fleets of drones that can deliver products to places that Amazon expects the demand for these goods to boom.
It was revealed in the documents that Amazon said the combination of drones and flying warehouses, or “airborne fulfilment centres”, would deliver goods much more quickly than those stationed at its ground-based warehouses.
The retailer also said, the drones descending from the AFCs – which would cruise and hover at altitudes up to 45,000ft (14,000m) – would use almost no power as they glided down to make deliveries.
Amazon has not commented about the patent.
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