IBM inventors were recently granted patent no. US9561852 for a system for transferring packages between drones during flight.  The purpose of this patented invention is to extend the range of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that are delivering packages from a warehouse to a customer’s home to overcome existing challenges with drone delivery including limited flight range and a lack of delivery network optimization.

This technology would also allow customers to have their own personal drones that they could send out to receive and deliver an expected package to their own home, rather than needing to wait in for a package or have any potential security worries of a drone going to their own home.

This invention has the potential to revolutionise the way that drones can be used and extend the type of products they can deliver to include postal deliveries and medicines dispatch across greater geographical areas.

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This patent represents the latest in IBM’s patented inventions for drones and drone-enabling technologies.