An IBM Patent on Midair Handoffs for Delivery Drones

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Amazon and Google’s dreams of delivery drones dropping off packages or pizza still face the problem of short delivery ranges. Most drones have limited battery life that restricts their services to less than a 10-mile delivery radius. A recently-approved IBM patent offers an unusual way to extend delivery ranges by having drones transfer packages in midair.

The IBM patent envisions several possible ways for delivery drones to hand off their packages without having to land. One idea would h

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