Hand Launchable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, an unpiloted aerial vehicle, or a remotely piloted aircraft, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. These systems are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a growing number of civil applications, such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as inspection of power or pipelines, but are often preferred for missions that are too dangerous for manned aircraft.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), has developed and patented a hand launchable unmanned aerial vehicle that can be configured to be guided to a certain target causing the flight control surfaces to guide the vehicle in a downward spiral path. This technology is equipped with different control surfaces to control the pitch and yaw of the vehicle and actuators configured to pivot the control surfaces. Furthermore, this system has a propulsion device, an acquisition sensor, a receiver to identify a target, a trigger sensor configured to detect proximity to a target, and a responder.

-Includes multiple control surfaces, actuators, and trigger sensors
-Provides a proximity sensor to a target

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Mar 8, 2013
Utility Patent
United States
Mar 11, 2014
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