Self-righting aeronautical vehicle and method of use

  • US 10,569,854 B2
  • Filed: 10/30/2018
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/23/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of righting a self-righting aeronautical vehicle, the method comprising steps of:

  • obtaining the self-righting aeronautical vehicle, the self-righting aeronautical vehicle comprising;

    a structural frame having an upper region and a lower region, a portion of the structural frame having a convex outer circumferential exterior surface that is elliptical in shape, the structural frame defining a central void, and the structural frame comprising a bottom having a shape designed to support the structural frame in an upright orientation,a maneuvering and lift mechanism adapted to generate a lifting force, wherein the maneuvering and lift mechanism is in signal communication with control electronics, wherein the maneuvering and lift mechanism and the control electronics are supported by the structural frame, anda weighted mass positioned at a position closer to the lower region of the structural frame than the upper region of the structural frame, thereby assisting self-righting of the self-righting aeronautical vehicle when the self-righting aeronautical vehicle is angled from a generally upright orientation;

    powering on the self-righting aeronautical vehicle;

    causing the self-righting aeronautical vehicle to rise to an airborne position using a lifting force generated by the maneuvering and lift mechanism;

    descending the self-righting aeronautical vehicle towards a generally horizontal surface, until the self-righting aeronautical vehicle contacts the generally horizontal surface;

    creating an instability when the self-righting aeronautical vehicle contacts the generally horizontal surface; and

    the shape of the structural frame and a position of the weighted mass causing the self-righting aeronautical vehicle to right itself when the structural frame contacts the generally horizontal surface at any angle other than the generally upright angle such that the self-righting aeronautical vehicle returns to the generally upright orientation on the generally horizontal surface.

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