Question: the us ecommerce giant amazon patented plans for an quotairborne...
The U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon patented plans for an "airborne fulfillment center" (AFC) such as an airship or blimp that would float at an altitude of around 45,000 ft. The floating warehouse will be stocked with lots of products that can be delivered by autonomous drones to customers on the ground.
a. If the blimp is filled with helium, estimate the minimum volume needed to lift one “short” ton (about 2,000 lbf) of goods to this altitude? * Clearly show how you developed your solution equations, any required assumptions and site sources of any required quantities. *
b.How does this volume compare to that of the Goodyear Blimp? * Again site your source for the Goodyear Blimp volume. *
c.Explain why the actual Amazon blimp will need to be significantly bigger than the value calculated in part (a)