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1. (WO2015123004) STOWABLE AND DEPLOYABLE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/123004    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/012417
Publication Date: Fri Aug 21 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Fri Jan 23 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: B64C 1/30
B64C 3/56
B64C 39/02
Applicants: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Inventors: TORRE, Christopher, N.
Title: STOWABLE AND DEPLOYABLE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE
Abstract:
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be deployed from a small stowed package for flight and stowed back into the package after the flight is complete is disclosed. The UAV is retracted to a volume that is less than half of its fully deployed volume. This allows the UAV to be transported to any desired field position on a truck or other convenient transportation. The UAV may also be launched from a ship deck. In a further aspect, the flexible deployment of the UAV will allow a single UAV to be used in place of multiple types of UAVs.