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1. US20180275649 - Unmanned vehicle control and operation in a marine environment

Office United States of America
Application Number 16001384
Application Date 06.06.2018
Publication Number 20180275649
Publication Date 27.09.2018
Grant Number 10725469
Grant Date 28.07.2020
Publication Kind B2
IPC
G05D 1/00
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
B64C 39/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
B64D 47/08
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
47Equipment not otherwise provided for
08Arrangements of cameras
B63B 35/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
B63G 8/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
GOFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines
B64D 1/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
1Dropping, ejecting, releasing, or receiving articles, liquids, or the like, in flight
02Dropping, ejecting, or releasing articles
CPC
B63B 35/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING 
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
G05D 1/0038
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
0011associated with a remote control arrangement
0038by providing the operator with simple or augmented images from one or more cameras located onboard the vehicle, e.g. tele-operation
B63G 8/001
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
GOFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
8Underwater vessels, e.g. submarines; ; Equipment specially adapted therefor
001Underwater vessels adapted for special purposes, e.g. unmanned underwater vessels; Equipment specially adapted therefor, e.g. docking stations
B64C 39/024
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
024of the remote controlled vehicle type, i.e. RPV
B64D 1/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
1Dropping, ejecting, releasing, or receiving articles, liquids, or the like, in flight
02Dropping, ejecting, or releasing articles
B64D 47/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
47Equipment not otherwise provided for
02Arrangements or adaptations of signal or lighting devices
Applicants Navico Holding AS
Inventors Mark N. Harnett
Geoffrey Morrish
Paul Butterworth
Alan Peter Davis
Thomas E. H. Isaacson
Jake Hawkins
Agents Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Title
(EN) Unmanned vehicle control and operation in a marine environment
Abstract
(EN)

Many different types of systems are utilized or tasks are performed in a marine environment. The present invention provides various configurations of unmanned vehicles, or drones, that can be operated and/or controlled for such systems or tasks. One or more unmanned vehicles can be integrated with a dedicated marine electronic device of a marine vessel for autonomous control and operation. Additionally or alternatively, the unmanned vehicle can be manually remote operated during use in the marine environment. Such unmanned vehicles can be utilized in many different marine environment systems or tasks, including, for example, navigation, sonar, radar, search and rescue, video streaming, alert functionality, among many others. However, as contemplated by the present invention, the marine environment provides many unique challenges that may be accounted for with operation and control of an unmanned vehicle.