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1. US20180364695 - UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE, POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THEREOF, AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREFOR

Office United States of America
Application Number 15794627
Application Date 26.10.2017
Publication Number 20180364695
Publication Date 20.12.2018
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G05D 1/00
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
B64C 39/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
CPC
B64C 2201/042
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
2201Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
04characterised by type of power plant
042by electric motors; Electric power sources therefor, e.g. fuel cells, solar panels or batteries
B64C 2201/06
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
2201Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
06characterised by in-flight supply of energy
B64C 2201/146
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
2201Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
14characterised by flight control
146Remote controls
B64C 39/024
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
024of the remote controlled vehicle type, i.e. RPV
G05D 1/0005
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
0005with arrangements to save energy
Applicants AUTEL EUROPE GMBH
Inventors Nithin PONNARASSERI
Marc SCHWARZBACH
Priority Data 17176344.4 16.06.2017 EP
Title
(EN) UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE, POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THEREOF, AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREFOR
Abstract
(EN)

The present invention relates to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a power management system thereof, and a power management method therefor. The power management system includes a first power unit, a second power unit, and a power path controller. The first power unit and the second power unit are connected to a payload by using a switch unit, and the switch unit is electrically connected to the power path controller. The power path controller monitors flight mode information from a microcontroller unit of the UAV, determines a power module supplying power to the load according to the flight mode information, and switches on the first power unit or the second power unit to supply power to the load by controlling the switch unit. The power management system can increase endurance of the UAV, and can implement seamless and efficient switching between the different power modules.