Of Pilotless Aircraft Patents (Class 244/190)
  • Patent number: 10429834
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter includes a system and a graphical user interface configured to enable an Ux V operator (e.g. an APCS operator) to direct the Ux V to view a selected object from a desired viewing angle, notwithstanding the fact that the desired viewing angle of the object is not exposed in a displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Moshe Sabato
  • Patent number: 10429490
    Abstract: A system for bistatic radar target detection employs an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a ramjet providing supersonic cruise of the UAV. Deployable antenna arms support a passive radar receiver for bistatic reception of reflected radar pulses. The UAV operates with a UAV flight profile in airspace beyond a radar range limit. The deployable antenna arms have a first retracted position for supersonic cruise and are adapted for deployment to a second extended position acting as an airbrake and providing boresight alignment of the radar receiver. A mothership aircraft has a radar transmitter for transmitting radar pulses and operates with an aircraft flight profile outside the radar range limit. A communications data link operably interconnects the UAV and the tactical mothership aircraft, transmitting data produced by the bistatic reception of reflected radar pulses in the UAV radar antenna to the mothership aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Inyoung Daniel Kim, Ryan S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10379203
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a phased array system including a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) configured to fly in an array formation having an array lattice spacing. The UAVs can include a puck having a phased array element and a signal processing module configured to receive and process a signal to achieve for the array lattice spacing a spacing that is less than a wavelength of operation of the phased array elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: John P. Gianvittorio
  • Patent number: 10371567
    Abstract: An intelligent noise monitoring device includes a self-flying moving module, a noise measurement module equipped in the moving module to measure noise of a target to be detected, a control module configured to control the moving module and the noise measurement module; and a communication module configured to communicate with a ground control center, wherein the intelligent noise monitoring device flies to a location to be detected to measure the noise of the location to be detected so as to determine whether or not the measured noise is in an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10371794
    Abstract: A system for bistatic radar target detection employs an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a ramjet providing supersonic cruise of the UAV. Deployable antenna arms support a passive radar receiver for bistatic reception of reflected radar pulses. The UAV operates with a UAV flight profile in airspace beyond a radar range limit. The deployable antenna arms have a first retracted position for supersonic cruise and are adapted for deployment to a second extended position acting as an airbrake and providing boresight alignment of the radar receiver. A mothership aircraft has a radar transmitter for transmitting radar pulses and operates with an aircraft flight profile outside the radar range limit. A communications data link operably interconnects the UAV and the tactical mothership aircraft, transmitting data produced by the bistatic reception of reflected radar pulses in the UAV radar antenna to the mothership aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Inyoung Daniel Kim, Ryan S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10353389
    Abstract: Cross-cueing systems allow users to instantly understand the geographic location of objects in the video scene, as well as instantly understand the location within the scene of objects on a map. This provides an unprecedented level of situation awareness for unmanned vehicle operators and video surveillance system operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAPID IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Franklin Abernathy
  • Patent number: 10353403
    Abstract: An autonomous flying device that tracks a moving object and flies includes a sensor that obtains first information related to a velocity of the moving object, a controller that controls flight of the autonomous flying device, and a driver that drives the autonomous flying device, the controller setting a velocity of the autonomous flying device in accordance with the first information so that the velocity of the autonomous flying device increases as a distance between the moving object and the autonomous flying device increases, the driver causing the autonomous flying device to fly at the velocity set by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongjie Shi
  • Patent number: 10338610
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for distributing a plurality of drones to form an aerial image. The systems and methods may include: receiving, at a computing device comprising a processor, location data and drone data; distributing, by the computing device, a plurality of drones based on the aspects of an aerial image such that, during flight, the plurality of drones form the aerial image; and exporting, by the computing device, coordinates for each of the plurality of drones. The location data may define aspects of the aerial image to be formed by the plurality of drones. The drone data may include a number of drones within the plurality of drones. The coordinate for each of the plurality of drones may define a location for a respective drone within the aerial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Tobias Gurdan
  • Patent number: 10324462
    Abstract: Systems and methods may use a drone swarm to increase cargo capacity. A drone swarm may include a networked drone system or two or more drones, such as a parent drone and a child drone. A method may include receiving support component balance information captured by an inertial measurement unit on the support component supported by a parent drone, adjusting movement of the parent drone according to a control system using the support component balance information, receiving an indication of a low battery in a drone in the networked drone system, the indication including an identification of a replacement drone to replace the drone with the low battery in the networked drone system, and sending a reconfiguration command to at least one child drone to incorporate the replacement drone in the networked drone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A Jassowski, Ashwin S Thirunahari
  • Patent number: 10301037
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and apparatus for close formation flight are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for establishing situational awareness during formation flight includes exchanging transponder signals between at least two aircraft, establishing two-way communication links between the at least two aircraft, exchanging telemetry data between the at least two aircraft, and assigning the roles of a leader and a follower to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sergey V. Frolov, Michael Cyrus, Allan J. Bruce, John P. Moussouris
  • Patent number: 10303186
    Abstract: A system and method for participating in a multi-USV performance in three-dimensional space. The USV can include: a computer processor; a sensory device configured to detect live sensory information relative to a second USV participating in the performance in proximity to the USV; and a spatial control module executing on the computer processor and configured to enable the computer processor to: (i) receive instructions for performing a pre-determined sequence of spatial maneuvers of the performance; (ii) begin execution of the pre-determined sequence of spatial maneuvers according to the instructions; (iii) identify a modified sequence of spatial maneuvers calculated based on the live sensory information from the sensory device; (iv) halt execution of the pre-determined sequence of spatial maneuvers; and/or (v) execute the modified sequence of spatial maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Chengwen Chris Wang
  • Patent number: 10275589
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to identity verification using autonomous vehicles. A security policy may be used to determine when identity verification using autonomous vehicles is required. The autonomous vehicle may be deployed to a location to verify the identity of the user based on one or more of images, audio data, biometric data, and wireless data connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mossoba, Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards
  • Patent number: 10207801
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a solar panel of a solar power station is performed in a controller for an unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV, and includes the steps of: receiving an inspection request for a subset of the solar panels navigating, in a first stage, using radio signals, the UAV to an initial location in a vicinity of a particular solar panel of the subset of solar panels; positioning, in a second stage, the UAV using at least one near field sensor of the UAV; and capturing, using the infrared camera, an image of the particular solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Winston Garcia-Gabin, Bengt Stridh, Elina Vartiainen, Kari Saarinen, Per-Erik Modén, Veronika Domova
  • Patent number: 10185316
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for drone connectivity using cellular networks for out of line-of-sight applications and tracking drones during flight. The present invention may be modular, allowing users to program customizable modes for one or more microprocessors of the system. In one embodiment, a system comprises a drone configured with a processor, a cellular modem and a flight controller, the processor connected to the cellular modem and connected to the flight controller via serial connections; a cloud server; a remote control device, and wherein the system is configured for communication from the remote control device to the cloud server via internet communication, and from the cloud server to the drone via a cellular network in communication with the cloud server and the cellular modem, the system providing a communication network for the delivery and routing of data between the remote control device and the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Kablaoui
  • Patent number: 10180687
    Abstract: A system to maintain a phase difference is disclosed. Two or more aircraft fly in a continuous periodic trajectory. The system maintains a phase difference between the two or more aircraft. Telemetry information for a reference aircraft moving in a first periodic trajectory is received. A phase difference between a primary aircraft and the reference aircraft with respect to the first periodic trajectory is determined. A variance in the phase difference between the primary aircraft and the reference aircraft from the target phase difference is determined. A new trajectory for the primary aircraft that decreases the variance in the phase difference with respect to the new periodic trajectory is determined, and the primary aircraft is maneuvered to follow the new trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Damon Vander Lind, Gregory Mainland Horn
  • Patent number: 10168696
    Abstract: Dynamic analysis and updating real-time restrictions for remote controlled vehicles. Remote controlled vehicles are subject to geospatial restrictions that are updated in real time; dynamic analysis of geospatial restrictions allows for proper operation of a remote controlled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10133281
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for least one leading drone configured to move to a leading drone future location based on a future location of a base station. A set of base station future locations may form a base station path for the base station to traverse. Also, a set of leading drone future locations may form a leading drone path for the leading drone to traverse. The base station's future location may be anticipated from a prediction or a predetermination. The leading drone, navigating along the leading drone path, may collect sensor data and/or perform tasks. Accordingly, the leading drone may move ahead of the base station in motion, as opposed to following or remaining with the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Pinnacle Vista, LLC
    Inventor: Haofeng Tu
  • Patent number: 10124256
    Abstract: Methods and systems for real-time video-based multiplayer gaming environments enable operators to remotely control vehicles over a network comprising a base station and a server. Cameras may record and transmit encoded video relating to the vehicles for display at a remote console. In response, the operator is able to input commands to remotely control the operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Garbowski
  • Patent number: 10078339
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electro-optic guided missile systems and, in particular, it concerns systems and methods providing enhanced navigation capabilities based on ego-motion processing of seeker images. The missile system comprising: a missile; a seeker located at a nose portion of said missile, said seeker comprising an electro-optic imaging sensor; and a control arrangement for steering the missile along a flight path to a target, characterized in that the missile system further comprises: a navigation subsystem receiving images from said imaging sensor, said navigation subsystem being configured to: co-process a plurality of said images from said imaging sensor to derive ego-motion of said missile relative to a region viewed by said imaging sensor; derive from said ego-motion a calculated target direction from said missile to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Omri Peleg, Eran Shimonovitz, Aviram Levy
  • Patent number: 10061328
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods for controlling landings of a UAV in a landing zone including a plurality of landing bays. Various embodiments include a method implemented on a computing device for receiving continuous real-time sensor data from a transceiver and from sensors onboard the UAV, and detecting a target landing bay within the plurality of landing bays within the landing zone that is available for landing based on the continuous real-time sensor data. Orientation and position coordinates for landing in the target landing bay may be calculated based on the continuous real-time sensor data. Information regarding positions and flight vectors of a plurality of autonomous UAVs may be obtained, and a flight plan for landing in the target landing bay may be generated based on the orientation and the position coordinates, positions and flight vectors of the plurality of autonomous UAVs and a current orientation and position of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael-David Nakayoshi Canoy, Yinyin Liu, Kiet Tuan Chau
  • Patent number: 10017264
    Abstract: The aircraft (10) includes: at least one electric motor (135); at least one stand-alone electrical power supply (110, 120) supplying power to the electric motor; propulsion elements (130) referred to as “auxiliary propulsion elements”, included in the group including: a stand-alone electrical power supply (130) supplying power to the electric motor, a power supply converting thermal energy into electrical energy and supplying power to the electric motor, and an internal combustion engine; and a structure (100) configured to integrate each electric motor, each stand-alone electrical power supply and the auxiliary propulsion elements, the parameters of the structure being substantially identical regardless of the auxiliary propulsion elements. A method of fitting out such an aircraft is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP SAS
    Inventors: Emmanuel Joubert, Benoit Ferran, Antonin Sanitas, Germain Morin
  • Patent number: 9987557
    Abstract: Methods and systems for real-time video-based multiplayer gaming environments enable operators to remotely control vehicles over a network comprising a base station and a server. Cameras may record and transmit encoded video relating to the vehicles for display at a remote console. In response, the operator is able to input commands to remotely control the operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Garbowski
  • Patent number: 9984586
    Abstract: A method and device used to improve flying education, and reduce pilot student hazard when passing from simulators to the real aircraft, by introducing an intermediary stage where a simulator and a model radio-controlled aircraft with similar features as original is used in a system with many participants, an instructor, flight monitors, command center, mission control, audience located remotely and taking part in the same action via internet telecommunication. The simulator is used to measure biometric parameters of the pilots, certify them, and also for gaming, having fail-safe procedures embedded. System contains a flight-monitoring network, using both goniometry and radar devices, placed on surface and airborne, using these devices as signal repeaters for extensions of communication. The system may be used in missions dangerous to human crews, and by the complexity of simulation it improves the flying, as well as to improve the piloting of RC aircrafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Victor Popa-Simil, Andrei Popa-Simil
  • Patent number: 9975056
    Abstract: An electronic system for stabilizing steering of a model vehicle may provide a curvature steering control of an RC vehicle. The approximate curvature control of the RC vehicle determined using error integration to achieve full steering. Application of a leaky integrator may be used to minimize steering memory. The leak factor may be based off gain scheduling of the steering input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Kawamura, Wesley Ronald Erhart, Scott Rollin Michael Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9944392
    Abstract: In an approach to hazard detection, one or more computer processors receive a request from a first vehicle user for assistance from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The one or more computer processors locate a UAV. The one or more computer processors determine the location of the first vehicle. The one or more computer processors deploy the UAV to the location of the first vehicle. The one or more computer processors determine whether one or more hazards associated with a path of the first vehicle are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Abuelsaad, Gregory J. Boss, Kevin C. McConnell, Shane B. McElligott
  • Patent number: 9908608
    Abstract: Innovative new systems and method of operating the systems, wherein the system comprises an airborne platform comprising an unmanned balloon; a payload that is separate from the unmanned balloon; a transceiver; first and second flight termination devices; at least two separate power sources for the first and second flight termination devices; a sensor; a processor; a pump; a valve; and a tether that when broken separates the unmanned balloon and the payload, are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SPACE DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald M. Knoblach, Eric A. Frische, Bruce Alan Barkley
  • Patent number: 9902495
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes at least one rotor motor configured to drive at least one propeller to rotate. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a data center including a processor; a data storage component; and a wireless communications component. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a hybrid generator system configured to provide power to the at least one rotor motor and to the data center, the hybrid generator system including a rechargeable battery configured to provide power to the at least one rotor motor; an engine configured to generate mechanical power; and a generator motor coupled to the engine and configured to generate electrical power from the mechanical power generated by the engine. The data center may include an intelligent data management module configured to control power distribution and execution of mission tasks in response to available power generation and mission task priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Top Flight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Long N. Phan, Samir Nayfeh, John J. Polo, Eli M. Davis, Paul A. DeBitetto
  • Patent number: 9900511
    Abstract: A remote control device, method, and system for controlling a stabilized camera remotely are disclosed. The remote control device includes a steering member rotatable around a pan axis, a tilt axis, and/or a roll axis of the remote control device, an inertial measurement unit (IMU) mounted on the steering member and configured to measure a pointing direction of the steering member in relation to the pan axis, the tilt axis, and/or the roll axis, a controller configured to derive a pointing direction update based on the measurements obtained by the IMU, and a transmitter configured to transmit, to a stabilization system configured to stabilize the camera in accordance with a commanded pointing direction, the derived pointing direction update as the commanded pointing direction to effectuate adjustment of a pointing direction of the camera to follow a rotational movement of the steering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Freefly Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Bell, Tabb Firchau, Shane Colton, David Bloomfield, John Ellison, Steve Webb
  • Patent number: 9841759
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same. The mobile terminal which wirelessly communicates with an unmanned aircraft including a camera, includes a wireless communication unit configured to receive a capturing image including a plurality of images captured by the camera; a memory configured to store flight information of the unmanned aircraft corresponding to each of the plurality of images; a display unit configured to output the captured image; and a controller configured to transmit a flight control command which is formed by flight information corresponding to at least one image to the unmanned aircraft, based on a recapturing command to at least one image among the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaesik Jung, Jiho Min
  • Patent number: 9840340
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a drone docking station for deposit of items delivered by drone. Items may include food items, groceries, parcels and others. A secure porch, roof, window or otherwise building mounted box may be secured through to an existing edifice or may be configured to mount to an existing mailbox post. The basic elements making up the components of the box enable it to carry out efficient and secure delivery of goods to a container box located at a specific address and to securely hold those goods until they are picked-up regardless of duration, weather, or otherwise. The drone dock may employ different technological devices to provide for communication between the drone docking station and a drone to provide security and preservation of the delivered goods before during and after delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Dan O'Toole
  • Patent number: 9836049
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a network of relay drones utilized as a set of relays or linkages between a base station and a working drone controlled by the base station. The relay drones in the network may augment a communication link or communication signal between the base station and working drone. Relay drones may augment the communication link by acting as nodes that relay communication between the base station and the working drone by boosting the communication signal at each node to compensate for loss of signal power over a traveled distance and/or providing a path with a direct line of sight between the base station and working drone. Directional antennas may be utilized when a direct line of sight is established, which may improve communication signal efficacy when compared with omnidirectional antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Pinnacle Vista, LLC
    Inventor: Haofeng Tu
  • Patent number: 9812018
    Abstract: A system and method for optical communication between multiple UUVs, more specifically, for leader-follower formations between UUVs. The system focuses on the characterization and modeling of a 1-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional light field produced from a light source mounted on a Leader UUV, which is detected by one or more follower UUVs. Communication algorithms are used to monitor the UUV's motion and orientation utilizing simulators, look up tables, and the like. A variety of detectors arrays can be used in a variety of wavelengths depending on the desired application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: University of New Hampshire
    Inventors: Barbaros Celikkol, Firat Eren, Shachak Peéri, Yuri Rzhanov, M. Robinson Swift, May-Win Thein
  • Patent number: 9738382
    Abstract: The system comprises a drone and a ground station with a console adapted to be directed towards the drone, and virtual reality glasses rendering images taken by a camera of the drone. The system further comprises means for modifying the framing of the images taken by the camera as a function of framing instructions received from the ground station. It further comprises relative heading determination means (302-324) for periodically elaborating an angular difference between the orientation of the glasses and the orientation of the console, and means (316) for elaborating framing instructions for the drone as a function said angular difference. The sudden changes of framing when the user simply turns the console and his whole body, head included, towards the drone to follow it in its displacements, are hence avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Parrot Drones
    Inventors: Nicolas Brulez, Arsene Ferrand, Henri Seydoux
  • Patent number: 9741255
    Abstract: Described is an airborne monitoring station (“AMS”) for use in monitoring a coverage area and/or unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) positioned within a coverage area of the AMS. For example, the AMS may be an airship that remains at a high altitude (e.g., 45,000 feet) that monitors a coverage area that is within a line-of-sight of the AMS. As UAVs enter, navigate within and exit the coverage area, the AMS may wirelessly communicate with the UAVs, facilitate communication between the UAVs and one or more remote computing resources, and/or monitor a position of the UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Gur Kimchi, Brandon William Porter, Avi Bar-Zeev, Daniel Buchmueller
  • Patent number: 9720080
    Abstract: A combined radar and telemetry system is described. The combined radar and telemetry system includes a processing unit that executes instructions, where the instructions define a radar waveform and a telemetry waveform. The processor outputs a digital baseband signal based upon the instructions, where the digital baseband signal is based upon the radar waveform and the telemetry waveform. A radar and telemetry circuit transmits, simultaneously, a radar signal and telemetry signal based upon the digital baseband signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher T. Rodenbeck, Derek Young, Tina Chou, Lung-Hwa Hsieh, Kurt Conover, Richard Heintzleman
  • Patent number: 9714088
    Abstract: An unmanned vehicle determines how to perform a task based at least in part on a message received from another unmanned vehicle. At a later time, the unmanned vehicle detects that the other unmanned vehicle has become untrusted. The unmanned vehicle recalculates how to perform the task such that the recalculation is independent of any messages from the other unmanned vehicle. The unmanned vehicle may also transmit messages to other unmanned vehicles to provide notification of untrustworthiness of the other unmanned vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, Varadarajan Gopalakrishnan, Jesper Mikael Johansson, Jon Arron McClintock, Brandon William Porter, Andrew Jay Roths
  • Patent number: 9709983
    Abstract: This unit implements a remote-control console (20) supporting a tablet (18). The console comprises a TX/RX module (48) interfaced with a TX/RX module (50) of the tablet to form a first Wi-Fi local network, which is a short-range standard network. The console comprises another specific TX/RX module (54), interfaced with an TX/RX module (58) of the drone (10) to form a second Wi-Fi local network, which is an optimized long-range network, both being networks operating on non-shared channels. A bidirectional routing module (78) ensures the interfacing between the two Wi-Fi networks, to allow the transparent exchange of data between the drone (10) and the tablet (18), as well as with levers and buttons of the console (64, 66) or with a peripheral (80) connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Parrot Drones
    Inventors: Henri Seydoux, Arsene Ferrand, Nicolas Brulez, Farid Zaouia
  • Patent number: 9651945
    Abstract: A method, system, and recording medium including a mission receiving device configured to receive a mission for the drone-swarm based on a user input, a drone and pattern recruiting device configured to recruit a plurality of drones based on the mission, and a flocking goal device configured to arrange the plurality of drones in the drone-swarm in a pattern to satisfy the mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas David Erickson, Rogerio Schmidt Feris, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9637230
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, an aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing spar rotatably carried by the fuselage, a first wing element and a second wing element. The first wing element is carried by the wing spar, rotatable with the wing spar, and slidably moveable relative to the fuselage and wing spar. The second wing element is connected to the first wing element for pivoted movement of the second wing element relative to the first wing element. The second wing element at least partially overlaps the first wing element and the first and second wing elements are moveable to a plurality of positions wherein the amount that the second wing element overlaps the first wing element varies to vary the effective combined wing area of the wing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Bertelsen Design LLC
    Inventor: William D. Bertelsen
  • Patent number: 9599985
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carries a camera, sends data from the camera, and receives commands. The UAV is connected to a messaging platform. Pictures or video clips received from the UAV are selected and placed in messages broadcast by an account associated with the UAV. Video footage from the camera is live-streamed in a card-type message. Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV. Controllable elements of the UAV include UAV location, camera orientation, camera subject, UAV-mounted lighting, a UAV-mounted display, a UAV-mounted projector, UAV-mounted speakers, and a detachable payload. UAV control may be determined through democratic means. Some UAV functionality may be triggered through aggregated engagements on the messaging platform. The UAV may include a display screen and/or a microphone to provide for telepresence or interview functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ya-Ting Wang, Wayne Robins
  • Patent number: 9594372
    Abstract: Described herein is a control system that facilitates assistance mode(s). In particular, the control system may determine a particular assistance mode associated with an account. This particular assistance mode may specify (i) operations for an aerial vehicle to carry out in order to obtain sensor data providing environment information corresponding to a location associated with the account and (ii) feedback processes to provide feedback, via a feedback system associated with the account, that corresponds to respective environment information. The control system may transmit to the aerial vehicle an indication of the particular operations corresponding to the particular assistance mode and may then receive environment information for the location associated with the account. Based on the received environment information, the control system may apply the specified feedback processes to initiate feedback in accordance with the particular assistance mode via the associated feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Maxwell Andrew Sills, Robert Samuel Gordon, Ian Wetherbee
  • Patent number: 9568913
    Abstract: A radio controlled (RC) vehicle includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC vehicle. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC vehicle. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC vehicle based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SYNERGY DRONE, LLC
    Inventors: Katherine C. Stuckman, Michael D. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9486712
    Abstract: A motion sensing remote control device including a motion sensing module, a calculation unit, a motion setting unit, a transmit unit and a receiving unit is disclosed. The present invention controls a remote control car to perform various motions by sensing the user's gestures. The motion sensing module senses and converts the gestures into a voltage signal for the calculation unit to perform calculation. The motion setting unit generates a corresponding command based on the calculation result of the calculation unit, and transmits the command to the remote control car through the transmit unit and the receiving unit such that the remote control car executes the received command to perform the corresponding motion specified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Hung-Wang Hsu, Chun-Hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 9454907
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a system and method for placing, activating, and testing sensors. The system comprises one or more server computers, one or more communication hubs, one or more unmanned aerial vehicles, and one or more sensors. The method comprises the steps of receiving geographic sensor placement locations, receiving sensor parameters, determining the geographic location of sensors, respectively sending location query signals to the unmanned aerial vehicles, respectively receiving location reply signals from the unmanned aerial vehicles, and calculating a geographic flight path for the unmanned aerial vehicles. The method also comprises calculating mission objectives and the energy needs of the unmanned aerial vehicles to complete the mission objectives. The method then determines the most efficient combination of unmanned aerial vehicles to complete the mission objectives and assigns the tasks to the unmanned aerial vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Usman Hafeez, David Mauer
  • Patent number: 9428270
    Abstract: The method and system may be used to control the movement of a remote aerial device in an incremental step manner during a close inspection of an object or other subject matter. At the inspection location, a control module “stabilizes” the remote aerial device in a maintained, consistent hover while maintaining a close distance to the desired object. The control module may retrieve proximal sensor data that indicates possible nearby obstructions to the remote aerial device and may transmit the data to a remote control client. The remote control module may determine and display the possible one or more non-obstructed directions that the remote aerial device is capable of moving by an incremental distance. In response to receiving a selection of one of the directions, the remote control module may transmit the selection to the remote aerial device to indicate the next movement for the remote aerial device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan L. Tofte, James M. Freeman, Brian N. Harvey
  • Patent number: 9396728
    Abstract: Remote controllers and systems thereof are disclosed. The remote controller remotely operates a receiving host, in which the receiving host provides voice input and speech recognition functions. The remote controller comprises a first input unit and a second input unit for generating a voice input request and a speech recognition request. The generated voice input and speech recognition requests are then sent to the receiving host, thereby forcing the receiving host to perform the voice input and speech recognition functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Chen Liu, Yun-Jung Wu, Liang-Yi Huang, Yi-Hsiu Lee
  • Patent number: 9355564
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in navigating aircraft are provided. A method includes transmitting messages from a plurality of aircraft within time slots of a data transmission using a data link radio of each of the aircraft. The time slots of the data transmission are divided by time. The master aircraft transmits a message within a first time slot. Each message includes position data, time data, aircraft orientation data, and intended flight path data for the aircraft transmitting the message. The method further includes, for each of the plurality of aircraft, receiving a plurality of received messages transmitted by the other aircraft within the data transmission, and generating a representation of an environment around the aircraft based on the data within the received messages. The representation includes a current position and an intended path for one or more of the other aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Tyson, Rob P. Scott, Marc Ayala
  • Patent number: 9207681
    Abstract: A vision-based automatic recovery method including steps of: generating a reference trajectory connecting an align point and a recovery point that is provided through wireless communication; taking an image containing a target through a front vision camera, determining a position and a size of the target in the taken image, and calculating a distance between the target and the unmanned aerial vehicle; generating an attitude command for changing a direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle so as to center the target in an image taken by the front vision camera; and generating a virtual trajectory by combining the generated reference trajectory and the generated attitude command, a weight of the attitude command being increased as the unmanned aerial vehicle moving from the align point to the recovery point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: KOREAN AIR LINES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Jung Roh
  • Patent number: 9174342
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for social behavior of a telepresence robot are disclosed herein. A telepresence robot may include a drive system, a control system, an object detection system, and a social behaviors component. The drive system is configured to move the telepresence robot. The control system is configured to control the drive system to drive the telepresence robot around a work area. The object detection system is configured to detect a human in proximity to the telepresence robot. The social behaviors component is configured to provide instructions to the control system to cause the telepresence robot to operate according to a first set of rules when a presence of one or more humans is not detected and operate according to a second set of rules when the presence of one or more humans is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC., IROBOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marco Pinter, Fuji Lai, Daniel Steven Sanchez, James Ballantyne, David Bjorn Roe, Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Orjeta Taka, Cheuk Wah Wong
  • Patent number: 9120569
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to receiving, by a control station, an input including a command for re-location of a vehicle from a first location to a second location, the input identifying the second location, determining, by the control station, at least one of a distance, a direction, an altitude, and a latitude and longitude for the vehicle to travel from the first location to the second location, and transmitting, by the control station, the command and the at least one of a distance, a direction, an altitude, and a latitude and longitude to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Zygmant, Jesse J. Lesperance, Ira E. Zoock