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1. (WO2018144915) INFLATABLE DEPLOYMENT APPARATUS FOR DESCENT-RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR AERIAL VEHICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/144915    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/016702
Publication Date: Fri Aug 10 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Feb 03 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: B64D 17/80
B64C 9/32
B64C 39/02
B64D 17/62
B64D 17/70
B64D 17/72
Applicants: INDEMNIS, INC.
Inventors: ERICKSON, Alan
MCDONALD, Amber
CAWVEY, Zachary
Title: INFLATABLE DEPLOYMENT APPARATUS FOR DESCENT-RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR AERIAL VEHICLES
Abstract:
A system and method for resisting an uncontrolled descent or uncontrolled flight condition of an aerial vehicle. The system includes a control system, sensors, an inflation device, and a descent-restraint system. The control system detects an uncontrolled condition using the sensors, and subsequently initiates the inflation device to inflate a deployment tube to extend an aerodynamic decelerator away from the aerial vehicle. The descent-restraint system includes a housing that stores the aerodynamic decelerator in a folded state and the deployment tube in an uninflated state prior to deployment. The aerodynamic decelerator and the deployment tube may be stored in a compressed-accordion or a rolled packing. The deployment tube is structured to attach a first end to the housing such that in response to inflation of the deployment tube, a second end of the deployment tube extends from the housing to deploy the aerodynamic decelerator away from the aerial vehicle.