What could possibly be more delightful than your online shopping order finally arriving on your doorstep?
Why, having it arrive via parachute, of course.
This could soon be a reality, now that a patent has been awarded to Amazon for a system that would forcefully propel your package onto your front porch from a drone. According to the patent filing, the drone would use "pneumatic actuators, electromagnets, spring coils, and parachutes [to] generate the force that establishes the vertical descent path of the package.”
Amazon says this new system could save time and energy compared to having drones land and take off again with every package delivery. It could also help control the trajectory of the package to make sure it lands on target, instead of in a nearby bush or tree.
“The package can be equipped with one or more control surfaces," states the patent filing.
"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."