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Amazon and Walmart plan airships for drones

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Amazon’s newly published patent envisions a fleet of airships that would monitor delivery drones. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

We already know about Amazon’s concept for airship warehouses to support drone deliveries, but here’s a new twist: Now the Seattle-based retailing giant has received a patent for another airship application, aimed at keeping track of drones as they go about their business.

And there’s yet another twist: That other retailing giant, Walmart, has its own plans for airship warehouses.

Amazon’s concept – known as an airborne monitoring station, or AMS – is described in a patent application that was filed two years ago and published today.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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