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1. (WO2018182882) UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH MONOLITHIC WING AND TWIN-ROTOR PROPULSION/LIFT MODULES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/182882    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/019134
Publication Date: Fri Oct 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 23 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: B64C 39/02
B64C 29/00
Applicants: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
Inventors: HUTSON, Donald
Title: UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH MONOLITHIC WING AND TWIN-ROTOR PROPULSION/LIFT MODULES
Abstract:
Various embodiments include a drone capable of operating as an airplane, a quad-copter, or a hybrid aircraft using a versatile flight performance envelope enabled by six elements of control. The drone may include a monolithic wing with a propulsion/lift module connected to each wing tip. Each propulsion/lift module may include a pivotal support structure configured to pivot around a longitudinal axis of the monolithic wing, with two pylons extending radially outwardly from the pivotal support structure and at least partially away from one another, and a propulsion units positioned on a distal end of each pylon. The pivotal support structures may be coupled to the monolithic wing via a servo motor enabling a processor to individually control rotation of each propulsion/lift module to provide roll and pitch control. Thrust and rotation of the propulsion units may be individually controlled by the processor to provide yaw, roll and pitch control.