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1. (WO2018140612) TRANSFER STATION FOR TRANSFERRING CONTAINERS BETWEEN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/140612    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/015258
Publication Date: Fri Aug 03 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: B64F 1/32
B64C 39/02
B64D 1/22
B65G 67/04
Applicants: ECK, Brandon
WAGNER, Brett
Inventors: ECK, Brandon
WAGNER, Brett
Title: TRANSFER STATION FOR TRANSFERRING CONTAINERS BETWEEN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLE
Abstract:
A transfer station includes a housing defining an inner space, and having a front passage for passage of a UGV and a top passage for passage of a container. One or more funnels are provided at the top passage for guiding the passage of containers therethrough, and an actuator system is provided for, selectively, engaging a container with a UAV suspension system and disengaging a container from a UAV suspension system. Also provided is a transfer system that is inclusive of the transfer station, a UAV, a UGV, and a reusable container; and methods of transferring reusable containers between UAVs and UGVs.