Unmanned aerial vehicle and landing system

  • US 10,453,022 B2
  • Filed: 01/12/2018
  • Issued: 10/22/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/29/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An enhanced parcel delivery system for delivering parcels via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the system comprising:

  • a UAV support mechanism comprising;

    a pair of opposing rails extending in a longitudinal direction, wherein the opposing rails are spaced apart from one another in a lateral direction that is transverse to the longitudinal direction, the opposing rails defining;

    a landing region;

    a takeoff region positioned opposite the landing region;

    a transport region positioned between the takeoff region and the landing region, wherein the transport region comprises a conveyor comprising powered rollers positioned within the opposing rails, and wherein the powered rollers are configured to engage the reduced width portion of the UAV chassis when the UAV is positioned within the transport region; and

    at least one UAV comprising;

    an upper portion having an upper portion width evaluated in a lateral direction;

    a lower portion positioned below the upper portion in a vertical direction, the lower portion having a lower portion width evaluated in the lateral direction; and

    a reduced width portion positioned between the upper portion and the lower portion, the reduced width portion having a width evaluated in the lateral direction, wherein the width of the reduced width portion is less than the upper portion width and the lower portion width, and wherein the reduced width portion is configured to engage the pair of opposing rails of the UAV support mechanism.

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