Inverted-landing aircraft

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9511858
APP PUB NO 20140350748A1
SERIAL NO

13261813

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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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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AEROVIRONMENT, INC.MONROVIA, CA164

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Belik, Pavel Simi Valley, US 20 59
Fisher, Christopher E Simi Valley, US 12 82
McAllister, Justin B Simi Valley, US 11 51
Szarek, Thomas Robert Oak Park, US 3 9

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