Amazon’s new patent describes launching packages in the Earth’s lower orbit using a whip-like cable that is up to 500 miles long
- Amazon’s new patent describes a new way to deliver packages
- It describes a solid sea vessel to which a cable is attached
- The cable would “hit” packages or satellites in the Earth’s orbit
- It also describes the launch of drones with packages that are on their delivery process
Amazon could develop a new shipping method that is out of this world.
A new patent, entitled “Energy-efficient Air Vehicle Launch System,” describes a system that throws packages into space using a cable attached to a sea vessel.
The package can be “lowered” into a low orbit and intercepted by a platform with binders to take it farther into space – perhaps even aboard a spaceship from nearby.
Although the authors dream of using the technology to reach the space, they also describe its use to launch drones with packages.
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Amazon could develop a new shipping method that is out of this world. A new patent entitled “Energy-efficient Air Vehicle Launch System” describes a system that throws packages into space with a cable attached to a marine vessel
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 Tuesday.
“An energy-efficient launch system that uses the principles of whip dynamics to launch high-speed payloads is described,” the authors write in the patent.
“The launch system may include a sea vessel with a power source on board.
A tapered, superconducting cable can be retractably connected to the shipping vehicle via a winch and electrically connected to the power source.
The package can be “lowered” into a low orbit and intercepted by a platform with binders to take it farther into space – perhaps even aboard a spaceship from nearby. Although the authors dream of using the technology to reach the space, they also describe its use to send drones with packages to the sky
“One or more air vehicles can be connected to and receive power via the cable.”
‘To launch a payload at the end of the cable, the marine vessel, winch and / or air vehicles can be used in coordination to create, distribute and accelerate a whip wave along the cable to the payload . “
The patent suggests that the sea craft, which could be as large as an aircraft carrier, would have a nuclear power generator on board.
And it would be able to travel at speeds of around 50-100 knots.
The cable can be made with bundles of filaments, fibers, tubes, or pipes that can extend between 50 to 500 miles.
The document explains that smaller ‘whips’ can also launch a series of drones of various sizes, including octocopters, quadcopters, and other types of propeller aircraft.
The superconducting cables attached to the huge ship and energy would go through it to the air vehicles to drive them to their destination.
The ship will then position the cable and air vehicles in the direction of their launch path.
The document explains that smaller ‘whips’ can also launch a series of drones of different sizes, including octocopters, quadcopters, other types of propeller aircraft
A winch can retract the cable and attached drones simultaneously, creating a whip wave shape near the end of the cable.
“The continuous coordination between the pulling through the vehicle, the pulling back of the cable and / or the operation of the air vehicles can cause the waveform to propagate along the length of the cable to the second, free end,” write Guri and LeGrand .
When the waveform travels along the cable to the free end, the packet is released with an end speed that is higher than the initial speed of the wave, thereby launching it in the air, Popular mechanics reported.
And unlike your online order, the system could be used to launch satellites in a low orbit “at a speed that is higher than the Earth’s escape speed.”