Dan Miller
Daniel N Miller, Philip P Truax, Patrick J Yagle: System and method to control flowfield vortices with micro-jet arrays. Bracewell & Giuliani, April 8, 2010: US20100084514-A1

The present invention provides a system and method for actively manipulating and controlling aerodynamic or hydrodynamic flow field vortices within a fluid flow over a surface using micro-jet arrays. The system and method for actively manipulating and controlling the inception point, size and trajec ...

Nathan Lee Tofte, James M Freeman, Brian N Harvey: System and method for controlling a remote aerial device for up-close inspection. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, Randall G Rueth, August 26, 2014: US08818572 (63 worldwide citation)

The method and system may be used to control the movement of a remote aerial device in an incremental step manner during a close inspection of an object or other subject matter. At the inspection location, a control module “stabilizes” the remote aerial device in a maintained, consistent hover while ...

Eric Peeters, Eric Teller, William Graham Patrick: Multi-part navigation process by an unmanned aerial vehicle for navigating to a medical situatiion. Google, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berhoff, January 6, 2015: US08930044 (58 worldwide citation)

Embodiments described herein may relate to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) navigating to a medical situation in order to provide medical support. An illustrative method involves a UAV (a) determining an approximate target location associated with a medical situation, (b) using a first navigation pr ...

James R Huffman, Ronald D Cruickshank, Shrirang Nikanth Jambhekar, Jeffrey Van Myers, Russell L Collins: Method and device for inhibiting the operation of an electronic device during take-off and landing of an aircraft. Motorola, K Cyrus Khosravi, September 29, 1998: US05815407 (48 worldwide citation)

An apparatus (700) for inhibiting operation of an electronic device (702) during take-off and landing of an aircraft (802) has a sensor (704) that measures a lateral acceleration. A control circuit (706) is coupled to the sensor (704) and has an output (708) coupled to the electronic device (702).

Andrew S Panto, Barry Wyeth Thomas, Barry Craig Thomas: Unmanned aerial vehicle for monitoring infrastructure assets. Southern Electrical Equipment Company, Sara C Kanos, Nexsen Pruet, October 20, 2015: US09162753 (45 worldwide citation)

An unmanned aerial vehicle and associated methods for inspecting infrastructure assets includes a multirotor, electrically driven helicopter apparatus and power supply; a flight computer; positioning and collision avoidance equipment; and at least one sensor such as a camera. The flight computer is ...

Eric Peeters, Eric Teller, William Graham Patrick: Providing emergency medical services using unmanned aerial vehicles. Google, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, June 9, 2015: US09051043 (45 worldwide citation)

Embodiments described herein may help to provide medical support via a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). An illustrative medical-support system may include multiple UAVs, which are configured to provide medical support for a number of different medical situations. Further, the medical-suppor ...

Tao Wang, Mingyu Wang: Remote control method and terminal. SZ DJI Technology, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, December 2, 2014: US08903568 (42 worldwide citation)

The present application discloses a remote control method and apparatus for controlling the state of a movable object and/or a load carried thereon. The remote control method comprising: receiving, via an apparatus, a state signal that corresponds to a user's position; remote-controlling the state o ...

John M Cavote: Drone for inspection of enclosed space and method thereof. United Dynamics Advanced Technologies Corporation, Middleton Reutlinger, October 28, 2014: US08874283 (35 worldwide citation)

Embodiments of a drone for inspection and a method of use are depicted wherein the drone is utilized in an enclosed space and is capable of being controlled with or without line of sight to the aircraft. The drone may land on generally horizontal or vertical surfaces. A method of use is taught as we ...

Eric Peeters, Eric Teller, William Graham Patrick: Unlocking mobile-device and/or unmanned aerial vehicle capability in an emergency situation. Google, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoof, March 17, 2015: US08983682 (31 worldwide citation)

An illustrative emergency-support system may include multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are configured to provide emergency support for a number of different emergency situations. Further, the emergency-support system may be configured to: (a) identify a request for assistance in a remo ...

Michael J Allen: Guidance and control for an autonomous soaring UAV. The United States of America represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mark Homer, October 7, 2008: US07431243 (26 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a practical method for UAVs to take advantage of thermals in a manner similar to piloted aircrafts and soaring birds. In general, the invention is a method for a UAV to autonomously locate a thermal and be guided to the thermal to greatly improve range and endurance of ...