Inverted-landing aircraft

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United States of America

PATENT NO 10533851
APP PUB NO 20180283860A1
SERIAL NO

15924253

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An aircraft defining an upright orientation and an inverted orientation, a ground station; and a control system for remotely controlling the flight of the aircraft. The ground station has an auto-land function that causes the aircraft to invert, stall, and controllably land in the inverted orientation to protect a payload and a rudder extending down from the aircraft. In the upright orientation, the ground station depicts the view from a first aircraft camera. When switching to the inverted orientation: (1) the ground station depicts the view from a second aircraft camera, (2) the aircraft switches the colors of red and green wing lights, extends the ailerons to act as inverted flaps, and (3) the control system adapts a ground station controller for the inverted orientation. The aircraft landing gear is an expanded polypropylene pad located above the wing when the aircraft is in the upright orientation.

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AEROVIRONMENT INC900 INNOVATORS WAY SIMI VALLEY CA 93065

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Belik, Pavel Simi Valley, US 35 206
Fisher, Christopher E Simi Valley, US 18 172
McAllister, Justin B Seattle, US 17 142
Szarek, Thomas Robert Oak Park, US 7 33

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