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1. WO2020112245 - CONTRE-MESURES AÉRIENNES DÉPLOYABLES POUR NEUTRALISER ET CAPTURER DES VÉHICULES AÉRIENS CIBLES

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What is claimed is:

1. A counter-attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for aerial neutralization of a target aerial vehicle, the counter-attack UAV comprising:

a flight body;

a flight control system that controls flight of the counter-attack UAV to intercept a detected target aerial vehicle; and

an aerial vehicle capture countermeasure carried by the flight body and operable to capture the detected target aerial vehicle.

2. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , wherein the counter-attack UAV

comprises at least one sensor configured to defect a position of the target aerial vehicle, the flight control system comprising a flight controller operable to control autonomous flight of the counter-attack UAV based on a defected position of the target aerial vehicle.

3. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , further comprising a wireless

communication device supported by the flight body and communicatively coupled to an externa! aerial vehicle detection system, the

communication device configured to receive command data from the external aerial vehicle detection system, the command data associated with the target aerial vehicle as detected by the external aerial vehicle detection system.

4. The counter-attack UAV of claim 3, further comprising at least one

camera movabiy coupled to flight body, the at least one camera movable to establish and modify a pointing position, based on the command data received from the external aerial vehicle detection system, to detect and track the target aerial vehicle.

5 The counter-attack UAV of claim 3, wherein the flight control system comprises a flight controller operable to control autonomous flight of the counter-attack UAV based on the received command data to intercept the target aerial vehicle.

6. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , wherein the flight control system

comprises a central processing unit (CPU) and a flight controller in communication with one another, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a camera operable to detect a position of the target aerial vehicle, the camera operatively coupled to the CPU for processing data associated with the detected position to track a dynamic flight position of the target aerial vehicle, wherein the flight controller is configured to control autonomous flight of the counter-attack UAV to intercept the dynamic flight position of the target aerial vehicle.

7. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , wherein the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure comprises at least one flexible entangling element configured to disrupt operation of at least one rotary propeller device of the target aerial vehicle in response to the counter-attack UAV being in close proximity with the target aerial vehicle.

8 The counter-attack UAV of claim 7, wherein the at least one flexible

entangling element comprises at least one of a net, filament,

monofilament, braided filament, tendril, fiber, string, cord, strand, thread, rope, or wire.

9. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , wherein the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure is operable by the counter-attack UAV between a folded position and a deployed position.

10. The counter-attack UAV of claim 9, wherein the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure comprises a plurality of support members and at least one net coupled to the plurality of support members, wherein the plurality of support members and the at least one net are collapsible when in the folded position

1 1. The counter-attack UAV of claim 10, wherein the plurality of support

members and the at least one net define a plurality of net capture zones, when in the deployed position, each extending in different directions from each other to define a three-dimensional zone of capture defined by the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure.

12. The counter-attack UAV of claim 10, further comprising a restraint device coupled to the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure, and configured to maintain the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure in the folded position, wherein the counter-attack UAV is operable to actuate restraint device to move the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure to the deployed position.

13. The counter-attack UAV of claim 9, wherein the plurality of support

members comprises a first radial support member and a second radial support member, wherein the at least one net couples the first and second radial support members together to form a three-dimensional zone of capture defined by the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure

14. The counter-attack UAV of claim 1 , further comprising a release

mechanism coupling the flight body to the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure, the counter-attack UAV operable to actuate the release mechanism to release the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure from the counter-attack UAV after capturing the target aerial vehicle to deliver the captured target aerial vehicle to a particular location.

15. A system for detecting and neutralizing a target aerial vehicle, the system comprising:

a counter-attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:

a flight body;

a flight control system that controls flight of the counter-attack UAV; and

an aerial vehicle capture countermeasure carried by the flight body,

an aerial vehicle detection system comprising at least one detection sensor operable to detect a target aerial vehicle, and operable to provide command data to the counter-attack UAV to facilitate interception of the target aerial vehicle by the counter-attack UAV; wherein, in response to interception of the target aerial vehicle, the

counter-attack UAV is operable to capture the detected target aerial vehicle with the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure.

16. The system of claim 15, wherein the command data comprises at least one of intercept data, aerial vehicle capture countermeasure deployment command data, target aerial vehicle detection data, counter-attack UAV control data, authorization to engage and capture data, or a combination thereof.

17. The system of claim 15, wherein the aerial vehicle detection system

comprises an on-board aerial vehicle detection system comprising at least one sensor configured to detect a position of the target aerial vehicle, the flight control system comprising a flight controller operable to control autonomous flight of the counter-attack UAV based on the detected position of the target aerial vehicle.

18. The system of claim 15, wherein the aerial vehicle detection system comprises an external aerial vehicle detection system, the external aerial vehicle detection system comprising at least one detection sensor operable to detect the target aerial vehicle and to provide command data to the counter-attack UAV to facilitate interception of the target aerial vehicle.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein the external aerial vehicle detection system is associated with a ground-based structure to monitor an airspace, wherein the at least one detection sensor comprises a plurality of detection sensors configured to detect at least one target aerial vehicle.

20. The system of claim 15, wherein the flight control system comprises a central processing unit (CPU) and a flight controller coupled to each other, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a camera operable to detect a position of the target aerial vehicle, the camera operatively coupled to the CPU for processing data associated with the detected position to track a dynamic flight position of the target aerial vehicle, wherein the flight controller is configured to control autonomous flight of the counter-attack UAV to intercept the dynamic flight position of the target aerial vehicle.

21 . The system of claim 15, wherein the aerial vehicle capture

countermeasure comprises at least one flexible entangling element configured to disrupt operation of at least one rotary propeller device of the target aerial vehicle in response to the counter-attack UAV being in close proximity with the target aerial vehicle.

22. The system of claim 15, wherein the aerial vehicle capture

countermeasure is operable by the counter-attack UAV between a folded position and a deployed position.

23. The system of claim 22, wherein the aerial vehicle capture

countermeasure comprises a plurality of support members and at least one net coupled to the plurality of support members, wherein the plurality of support members and the at least one net are collapsible when In the folded position.

24. The system of claim 23, wherein the plurality of support members and the at least one net define a plurality of net capture zones, when in the deployed position, each extending in different directions from each other to define a three-dimensional zone of capture defined by the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure.

25. The system of claim 24, wherein each of the plurality of support members comprises at least one of a linear rod or a radial rod.

26. The system of claim 15, further comprising a release mechanism

coupling the flight body to the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure, the counter-attack UAV operable to actuate the release mechanism to release the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure from the counter attack UAV after capturing the target aerial vehicle to deliver the captured target aerial vehicle to a particular location.

27. The system of claim 18, further comprising a plurality of counter-attack UAVs including the counter-attack UAV, wherein each counter-attack UAV is in communication with at least one of the aerial vehicle detection system associated with a ground-based structure or one or more other counter-attack UAVs, and wherein each counter-attack UAV comprises a deployable aerial vehicle capture countermeasure.

28. A method for aerial neutralization of a target aerial vehicle, comprising: detecting a target aerial vehicle;

operating a counter-attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to intercept the target aerial vehicle; and

capturing the target aerial vehicle with an aerial vehicle capture

countermeasure carried by the counter-attack UAV

29. The method of claim 28, wherein detecting the target aerial vehicle

further comprises tracking a dynamic flight position with at least one sensor of an aerial vehicle detection system, wherein the aerial vehicle detection system comprises at least one of a detection sensor on-board the counter-attack UAV or a detection sensor remotely located from the counter-attack UAV.

30. The method of claim 28, further comprising communicating position data between a plurality of counter-attack UAVs, including the counter-attack UAV, each counter-attack UAV comprising a deployable aerial vehicle capture countermeasure.

31 . The method of claim 28, wherein detecting the target aerial vehicle

comprises autonomously detecting the target aerial vehicle and autonomously tracking the target aerial vehicle.

32. The method of claim 28, further comprising establishing a pointing position of a camera of the counter-attack UAV to track the target aerial vehicle, the pointing position based on command data received from an aerial vehicle detection system.

33. The method of claim 28, further comprising transitioning the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure from a folded position to a deployed position to define a three-dimensional zone of capture for capturing the target aerial vehicle.

34. The method of claim 28, further comprising actuating a release

mechanism coupling the counter-attack UAV to the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure to release the aerial vehicle capture countermeasure from the counter-attack UAV after capturing the target aerial vehicle to deliver the target aerial vehicle to a particular location.

35. The method of claim 28, wherein detecting the target aerial vehicle

further comprises operating an optical sensor and a radar sensor each supported by the counter-attack UAV to detect a position of the target aerial vehicle.

38. The method of claim 28, wherein detecting the target aerial vehicle

further comprises operating a plurality of detection sensors associated with a ground structure to generate position data associated with the target aerial vehicle, the method further comprising continuously communicating the position data to the counter-attack UAV.

37. The method of claim 28, wherein detecting the target aerial vehicle further comprises operating a plurality of detection sensors to generate position data associated with the target aerial vehicle, the method further comprising eliminating position data associated with one or more detection sensors based on a credibility hierarchy associated with the plurality of detection sensors.

38. A tangible and non-transitory computer readable medium comprising one or more computer software modules configured to direct one or more processors to:

receive data generated by one or more detection sensors, the data

associated with a target aerial vehicle;

determine a position of the target aerial vehicle based on the received data; and

communicate command data associated with the determined position to at least one counter-attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).