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Brian T McGeer, Andreas H von Flotow, Cory Roeseler, Clifford Jackson: Method for retrieving a fixed-wing aircraft without a runway. Bell Boyd & Lloyd, July 24, 2001: US06264140 (58 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for retrieving an aircraft in a confined space involves hanging a cable, for example from a kite or mast, across the aircraft's flight path. The aircraft approaches the cable in steady forward flight, and may strike the cable at any point on the wing, fuselage, or other l ...


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Brian T McGeer, Andreas H von Flotow, Cory Roeseler: Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft, including releasably gripping aircraft during launch and braking subsequent grip motion. The Insitu Group, Perkins Coie, January 23, 2007: US07165745 (39 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles are described. In one embodiment, the aircraft can be launched from an apparatus that includes a launch carriage that moves along a launch guide. The carriage can accelerate when portions of the carriage ...


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William G Roeseler, Cory Roeseler: Kiteski. Ralph S Branscomb, November 22, 1994: US05366182 (35 worldwide citation)

A wind powered system utilizes a free-flying airfoil tethered to a conveyance device such as a water ski, a skegged hull slab or a wheeled land vehicle which either defines or inherently has tracking means defining a preferred traverse vector across an underlying surface. The tractive force of the a ...


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Brian T McGeer, Cory Roeseler, Andreas H von Flotow: Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft, including methods and apparatuses for releasably gripping aircraft during launch. The Insitu Group, Perkins Coie, November 28, 2006: US07140575 (32 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles are described. In one embodiment, the aircraft can belaunched from an apparatus that includes a launch carriage that moves along a launch axis. A gripper carried by the launch carriage can have at least o ...


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Cory Roeseler, Brian T McGeer, Andreas H von Flotow: Methods and apparatuses for launching airborne devices along flexible elongated members. The Insitu Group, Perkins Coie, December 5, 2006: US07143974 (31 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for cable launching airborne devices (e.g., unmanned aircraft) are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an elongated structure, e.g., a tower, boom or derrick. At least one flexible elongated member (e.g., a cable or rope) can be attached toward one end to the ...


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Brian D Dennis, Brian T McGeer, Cory Roeseler: Methods and apparatuses for capturing unmanned aircraft and constraining motion of the captured aircraft. The Insitu Group, Perkins Coie, February 13, 2007: US07175135 (28 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for capturing and constraining motion of unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles. In one embodiment, the aircraft can be captured at an extendable boom. The boom can be extended to deploy a recovery line to retrieve the aircraft in flight. A trigger mechanis ...


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Brian T McGeer, Andreas H von Flotow, Cory Roeseler: Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft, including releasably gripping aircraft during launch and breaking subsequent grip motion. Insitu, Perkins Coie, May 11, 2010: US07712702 (20 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles are described. In one embodiment, the aircraft can be launched from an apparatus that includes a launch carriage that moves along a launch guide. The carriage can accelerate when portions of the carriage ...


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Brian T McGeer, Andreas H von Flotow, Cory Roeseler: Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft, including releasably gripping aircraft during launch and breaking subsequent grip motion. Insitu, Perkins Coie, April 22, 2008: US07360741 (16 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles are described. In one embodiment, the aircraft can be launched from an apparatus that includes a launch carriage that moves along a launch guide. The carriage can accelerate when portions of the carriage ...


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Cory Roeseler, Andreas H von Flotow: Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft, including methods and apparatuses for launching aircraft with a wedge action. The Insitu Group, Perkins Coie, October 31, 2006: US07128294 (16 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for launching unmanned aircraft and other flight devices or projectiles are described. In one embodiment, the aircraft can be launched from an apparatus that operates with a wedge action. A launch carriage carrying an unmanned aircraft is positioned on first and second launch ...


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Cory Roeseler, Andreas H von Flotow: Elevated tow apparatus. Hood Technology Corporation, Bell Boyd & Lloyd, June 10, 2003: US06575112 (16 worldwide citation)

The present invention is for an elevated tow device made of a superstructure extending skyward from a towboat, where the superstructure raises an attachment point of a tether above 10 feet from the waterline, where the towboat is 25 feet or less in length, and a tether connecting the towboat to a to ...



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