Amazon Patents A Shipping Label With Built-In Parachute For Dropping Deliveries From Drones

Amazon Patents A Shipping Label With Built-In Parachute For Dropping Deliveries From Drones

Amazon is building out its portfolio with ideas and technologies for a future where drones are the industry standard

Zack Palm
  • 7 june 2017

Amazon recently obtained a patent for a shipping label with a parachute installed underneath it. The label would have a breakaway cover with various cords to guide the parachute to the targeted destination once it has arrived, carried by a drone.

During transit, a series of static lines would connect the package to the drone to keep it in place. When the drone arrives above the customer’s address, it releases the package, breaking the static lines and opening the parachute. The type of parachute inside of the shipping label would vary depending on the contents of the package. The package would also include shock absorbers to help prevent the contents from getting damaged upon landing.

The patent shows how Amazon continues to prepare for the day of an all-drone delivery system.

Shipping Label Parachute Patent

Lead Image: Drone delivering a package via Shutterstock


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