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Duck! Amazon Considers Distribution Warehouses in the Sky

Posted August 04, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Sure, we would all love to get our Amazon purchases in record time for less…yet are we willing to sacrifice our safety and, perhaps, our sanity?

The skies above will soon become even more crowded if online retail giant Amazon gets its way and is able to erect production-distribution-warehouses-in-the-sky.

According to a recent patent, Amazon is investigating whether such distribution warehouses — called aerial fulfillment centers (AFC) — kept afloat by blimps for the purpose of housing consumer products for delivery via drone is feasible.

The move is expected to help forward Amazon's plans for a fleet of drones delivering products to customers in less time and at lower cost to the company.

"An AFC may be positioned at an altitude above a metropolitan area and be designed to maintain an inventory of items that may be purchased by a user and delivered to the user by a UAV that is deployed from the AFC," the patent document said.
Yet, the scheme is far from final as Amazon will be expected to address concerns about increased traffic as well as the possibility of drones and products alike falling from the skies.

Considering what the retail giant proposes, I am struck (get it?) by two things: the very real possibility of being hit in the head by a can of shaving cream or a bag of oranges. And then, of course, experiencing what I can only liken to a Goodfellas-esqe level of Henry-Hill paranoia where I am wandering through the streets dodging both real and imagined objects flying overhead.

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08/04/2018 11:42 AM

It makes sense, now you can even order stuff out of the cloud...

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08/04/2018 12:47 PM

What about wind? Are there places with little to no wind? I have a feeling there is a fringe group of the population that would consider this a target......and an easy target at that.....So it has to be grounded at some times....How do you secure such a huge beast? So it's loaded at night, makes it's ascent in the early morning hours, before the wind picks up, then releases a beehive of drones to deposit their loads about the town, then gently descends again to it's resting place....It could work for a time, but at what cost? What's the liability estimate? Maybe on a small scale this is doable....

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08/04/2018 4:47 PM

Let the UFO sightings begin.....

Eyewitness accounts....(artists conception)

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08/04/2018 11:04 PM

Instant gratification has reached a new low (or high, depending how you look at it).

Why not just skip this step and email software to 3-D print products?

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08/04/2018 11:25 PM

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08/05/2018 5:31 AM

They can then say "we aren't in your country so we don't have to pay your taxes" Oh! there already doing that, still good for target practice, PULL!

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08/05/2018 8:39 AM

This was an aninmated, comedy movie just a few years ago.

I just hope this idea is an August fools day joke.

Hey, Amazon! Movies are fun. They produce revenue. They are not real!

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08/05/2018 1:42 PM

Beware of Amazon delivery of COWS...as in the nursery rhyme "Birdy, birdy in the sky; boy, I'm glad COWS don't fly..."

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08/05/2018 1:54 PM

RE : Amazon set to unveil Ardana technology.

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08/06/2018 9:50 AM

Kinda adds a whole new dimension to the old, "it fell off the truck" story.

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08/06/2018 2:19 PM

This idea sounds like it originated after a long and very happy happy hour.

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