TURRET ASSEMBLIES FOR SMALL AERIAL PLATFORMS, INCLUDING UNMANNED AIRCRAFT, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

  • US 20090216394A1
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Published: 08/27/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An aircraft system, comprising:

  • a turret assembly carried by an unmanned aircraft, the turret assembly includinga payload having a line of sight to a target;

    a support assembly carrying the payload, the support assembly being movable about a first axis and a second axis generally transverse to the first axis;

    a housing at least partially surrounding the payload and the gimbal system; and

    a controller operably coupled to the support assembly to direct movement of the support assembly about at least one of the first axis and the second axis such that the line of sight is pointed away from a point of impact before the turret assembly contacts the ground or another external structure during landing or capture operations.

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