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1. (WO2018222551) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAPTURING AND RECOVERING UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222551    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/034733
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat May 26 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: B64F 1/02
Applicants: INSITU, INC.
Inventors: SCHRICK, Bradley Louis
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAPTURING AND RECOVERING UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
Abstract:
Systems and methods for capturing unmanned aircraft and controlling post-recovery motion of the aircraft are disclosed herein. An aircraft system in accordance with one embodiment of the technology, for example, includes a base assembly and an aircraft capture member attached to and extending from the base assembly. The aircraft capture member has a distal region positioned to intercept an unmanned aircraft in flight. The aircraft capture member comprises an elongated telescoping rod including a plurality of discrete segments having a telescoping arrangement relative to each other. The aircraft capture member is configured to elongate or pay out from a first initial length to a second extended length greater than the first length after an unmanned aircraft intercepts and engages the distal region of the aircraft capture member.