How does it sound to have a bundle “forcefully [propelled]” onto your porch from a hovering drone?
That’s the concept behind the brand new Amazon system that was awarded a patent this week. As an alternative of getting the bundle supply drone land in your yard, this method would eject the bundle from the flying drone, which might use “pneumatic actuators, electromagnets, spring coils, and parachutes [to] generate the force that establishes the vertical descent path of the package,” in response to the patent filing printed Tuesday.
Amazon claims this could save time and vitality in comparison with having the drones land and take off once more every time they ship a parcel.
The drone might additionally assist management the trajectory of the bundle to ensure it lands on target and never, say, in a tree. “The package can be equipped with one or more control surfaces,” the patent submitting reads. “Instructions can be transmitted from the UAV via an RF module that cause the one or more controls surfaces to alter the vertical descent path of the package to avoid obstructions or to regain a stable orientation.”
Amazon has been testing drone deliveries already within the U.Okay., CNBC reports, and continues to use for patents because it exams out the system.
This story initially appeared on Fortune.com. Copyright 2017