Hoverfly Technologies Inc. has received a patent from the US Patent Office for its “Landing Structure for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.” This patent covers the technology used by Hoverfly to land its tethered drones, which are equipped with a tether that allows them to receive power and data as they fly. These drones, known as Variable Height Antennas, have a range of uses including defense, security and public safety, and can be integrated onto both manned and unmanned vehicles and vessels. The patent will protect Hoverfly’s landing technology for its tethered drones, allowing for precise take-off and landing.
Tethered drones offer a number of advantages over their free-flying counterparts. Because they are connected to a power source and data transmission system, they can fly for extended periods of time without the need to worry about running out of battery. This makes them particularly useful for tasks that require continuous or long-duration surveillance or monitoring.
Hoverfly’s tethered drones were initially designed with a landing platform, but the company later realized that a redesign was necessary in order to meet the needs of its customers. The company set out to create a more compact system that could be easily integrated onto a variety of platforms, including both manned and unmanned vehicles and vessels. The resulting tethered drone system is smaller and more capable than any other on the market, thanks in part to its patented landing ring technology.
Al Ducharme, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Hoverfly, said that the patent was the result of a drive to create a system that could meet the needs of end users. “We wanted to make a more compact system that was easily transportable and able to integrate on a variety of platforms,” Ducharme explained. “I’m proud of our engineering team for providing a novel solution to our customer’s needs.”