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Title:
PORTABLE AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE TARGETING INTELLIGENCE DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/027079
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
A device for obtaining surveillance information from an aerial vehicle. The device includes a camera configured to obtain image data based on a position of the vehicle, a transceiver configured to receive operator controls and output the obtained image data, a designator unit configured to emit a light source onto a surface of an object of interest to illuminate that surface when a designation command is received from an operator, a gimbal mechanism having a plurality of motors configured to orient the designator unit, a gimbal controller configured to control the motors of the gimbal mechanism, and a controller configured to control the designator unit to continuously emit the light source onto the surface of the object irrespective of the position of the vehicle. The controller compensates for an orientation of the designator unit based on the aerial vehicle's movement such that the designator unit continuously illuminates the object.

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Inventors:
BABER DAKOTA ROBERT (US)
MEDINA MARIA (US)
FREEMAN JAMES EDWARD (US)
WILLIAMS DYLAN CHRISTOPHER (US)
BARRETT RICHARD CHARLES (US)
Application Number:
US2016/033102
Publication Date:
April 20, 2017
Filing Date:
May 18, 2016
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Assignee:
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON (US)
BABER DAKOTA ROBERT (US)
MEDINA MARIA (US)
International Classes:
G08B13/196; B64D47/02; G03B15/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BOWSER, Jonathan R. (P.O. Box 1404Alexandria, Virginia, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAI MS

received by the International Bureau on 23 March 2017 (23.03.2017)

What is claimed is:

1. A device for obtaining surveillance information from an aerial vehicle, the device comprising:

a camera configured to obtain image data of an object of interest based on a position of the aerial vehicle;

a transceiver configured to receive operator controls and to output the image data obtained by the camera;

a designator unit configured to emit a light source onto a surface of an object of interest to illuminate that surface when a designation command is received from an operator;

a gimbal mechanism having a plurality of motors configured to orient the designator unit;

a gimbal controller configured to control the plurality of motors of the gimbal mechanism to control orientation of the designator unit; and a central controller configured to receive flight information of the aerial vehicle based on the position of the aerial vehicle, and to control the designator unit to continuously emit the light source onto the surface of the object of interest irrespective of the position of the vehicle, wherein the central controller is configured to control the gimbal controller to compensate for an orientation of the designator unit based on movement of the aerial vehicle such that the designator unit continuously illuminates the surface of the object of interest regardless of a position of the aerial vehicle, and wherein the gimbal controller is configured to detect a change in position of the aerial vehicle after the designator unit, at a first orientation, has emitted the light source onto the surface of the object of interest while the aerial vehicle was in a first position, and to control the gimbal mechanism to reorient the designator unit relative to the detected changed position of the aerial vehicle to cause the designator unit to emit, at a second orientation different from the first orientation, the light source onto the surface of the object at the detected changed position of the aerial vehicle, such that the designator unit continuously illuminates the surface of the object of interest when the aerial vehicle is in the first position and the detected changed position,

2. The device according to claim 1 , wherein the central controller is configured to receive the flight information of the aerial vehicle from a flight controller of the aerial vehicle.

3. The device according to claim 1, wherein the central controller is configured to receive the operator controls over a secured communication channel established- between the central controller and an operator controller of the operator, and to transmit the image data to the operator controller over the secured

communication channel.

4. The device according to claim 1 , wherein the central controller is configured to receive the designation command from the operator based on a designation of the object of interest in the image data outputted to an operator controller of the operator.

5. The device according to claim 1 , wherein the central controller is configured to control the designator unit to continuously emit the light source onto the surface of the object until a command is received from the operator to stop emitting the light source onto the surface of the object.