Seriously: Amazon patent reveals plan to launch packages into Earth orbit using a 500 mile-long ‘whip’

  • Amazon’s new patent describes a new way of delivering packages
  • It describes a massive marine vehicle with a cable attached to it
  • The cable would ‘whip’ packages or satellites into Earth’s low-orbit
  • It also describes launching drones with packages out on their delivery path

Amazon could be developing a new shipping method that is out-of-this-world.

A new patent, entitled energy-efficient launch system for aerial vehicles’, describes a system that flings packages into space using a cable attached to a marine vehicle.

The package could be ‘whipped’ into low-orbit and intercepted by a platform with tethers to transfer it further into space – maybe even aboard a close range spacecraft.

Although the authors have dreams of using the technology to reach space, they also describe employing it to send drones fitted with packages into the air.

Amazon could be developing a new shipping method that is out-of-this-world. A new patent , entitled energy-efficient launch system for aerial vehicles', describes a system that flings packages into space using a cable attached to a marine vehicle
Amazon could be developing a new shipping method that is out-of-this-world. A new patent , entitled energy-efficient launch system for aerial vehicles’, describes a system that flings packages into space using a cable attached to a marine vehicle

The patent was written by Amazon Prime Air VP Gur Kimchi and co-written by veteran Amazon inventor Louis LeRoi LeGrand III – the document was filed in 2017 and published on Tuesday.

‘An energy-efficient launch system that utilizes the principles of whip dynamics to launch payloads at high speeds is described,’ the authors write in the patent.

‘The launch system may include a marine vehicle having an onboard power source.

‘A tapered, superconducting cable may be retractably connected to the marine vehicle via a winch and electrically connected to the power source.

The package could be ‘whipped’ into low-orbit and intercepted by a platform with tethers to transfer it further into space – maybe even aboard a close range spacecraft. Although the authors have dreams of using the technology to reach space, they also describe employing it to send drones fitted with packages into the air

The package could be ‘whipped’ into low-orbit and intercepted by a platform with tethers to transfer it further into space – maybe even aboard a close range spacecraft. Although the authors have dreams of using the technology to reach space, they also describe employing it to send drones fitted with packages into the air

‘One or more aerial vehicles may be…

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