Amazon’s blimps will have company in the sky, according to a new patent revealing that Walmart too wants to develop the aircraft.
The discount retail giant has been granted a patent for ‘gas-filled carrier aircrafts’ that would serve as airborne bases for fleets of delivery drones.
It strikes similar to the one filed last year by Amazon, indicating that tensions are heating up between the two companies as they compete to dominate e-commerce shopping.
A carrier compartment would house packages and drones and communicate with a scheduling system to deploy deliveries. The blimps would fly at altitudes up to 10,000 feet.
‘There are numerous ways to distribute and deliver products,’ the patent reads.
‘Getting the product to a delivery location, however, can cause undesirable delays, can add cost, and reduce revenue.’