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Amazon file patent to enable delivery via parachute

Amazon file patent to enable delivery via parachute

Amazon has received a patent for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, to enable the delivery of packages by aerial vehicles.

It is unclear whether the system will ever be put into use, though the patent may provide new insight into Amazonโ€™s Prime Air drone delivery project.

The system calls for a packaging label that would be integrated with a folded parachute and a network of cords. It could also incorporate a breakaway cover, shock absorbers, and a network of sensors built into a drone to track the packageโ€™s descent.

The system could be adapted to accommodate an itemโ€™s size, and could incorporate several parachutes for heavy packages.

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