ut don’t fret, it’s not the planet-destroying weapon you’re thinking of.
Instead, the online retail giant has revealed ambitious plans to conquer the universe of eCommerce with airborne delivery warehouses carrying an army of drones.
Blueprints show plans to develop “airborne fulfillment centres” hovering 45,000 feet above cities.
Drones delivering goods to homes on demand are to be dispatched from the floating warehouses.
Rough plans for the patented airship were uncovered this week by tech analyst Zoe Leavitt.
Tweeting about out the plans, she wrote: “I just unearthed the Death Star of #ecommerce via @cbinsights… AMZN patent for airborne warehouses at 45K ft spitting out delivery drones.”
In the patent, granted by the US patent office in April, details of a food delivery service from the flying warehouses are described.
It says: “Perishable items or even prepared meals can be delivered in a timely fashion to a user.”
A drone flying over vineyards of the Pape Clement castle in France
“I just unearthed the Death Star of #ecommerce.”
Zoe Leavitt, tech analyst
According to the plans, there are three parts to the new delivery system – the floating warehouse, the fleet of drones and other storage warehouses flying at lower altitudes.
The plans do not indicate Amazon is in a position to build the system just yet.
However, it does indicate its intention to innovate eCommerce delivery moving forward.
It comes after Amazon announced it had completed its first successful parcel delivery by drone to a customer in Cambridge.