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Title:
VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING (VTOL) UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV)
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/003530
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
One example embodiment includes a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)(12). The VTOL UAV (12) includes a flight control system configured to provide avionic control of the VTOL UAV (12) in a hover mode and in a level-flight mode. The VTOL UAV (12) also includes a body (18) encapsulating an engine and the flight control system. The VTOL UAV (12) further includes a propeller disk (14) coupled to the engine and configured to provide vertical thrust in the hover mode and to provide horizontal thrust for flight during the level-flight mode.

Inventors:
CREASMAN, Son F. (629 Edgewater Drive, San Marcos, California, 92078, US)
Application Number:
US2015/027565
Publication Date:
March 10, 2016
Filing Date:
April 24, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION (2980 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042-4511, US)
International Classes:
B64C3/56; B64C3/54; B64C25/04; B64C29/00; B64C29/02
Domestic Patent References:
WO1994026589A11994-11-24
Foreign References:
EP1988014A22008-11-05
EP1982914A22008-10-22
FR2871136A12005-12-09
US5289994A1994-03-01
US20070034739A12007-02-15
EP2177966A22010-04-21
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HARRIS, Christopher P. (Tarolli, Sundheim Covell & Tummino, LLP,1300 East Ninth Street,Suite 170, Cleveland Ohio, 44114, US)
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