Unmanned aerial vehicle and operations thereof

  • US 9,284,049 B1
  • Filed: 11/30/2015
  • Issued: 03/15/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:

  • a central body comprising an upper housing member and a lower housing member, the upper housing member and the lower housing member forming a central cavity, wherein the central cavity is configured to house one or more electrical components (1) configured to control the operation of the UAV, and (2) comprising at least a flight control module; and

    one or more branch housing members extending from the central body, the one or more branch housing members each comprising an upper branch housing member and a lower branch housing member;

    wherein the one or more branch housing members are configured to support one or more actuator assemblies, each actuator assembly comprising an actuator configured to effect movement of the UAV in response to communications from the flight control module, wherein the thrust of the one or more actuator assemblies is oriented in a vertical direction relative to the central body;

    wherein the upper branch housing members and the lower branch housing members are configured to extend to a length at least to support the one or more actuator assemblies;

    wherein at least a portion of each of the lower branch housing members extends beneath at least a portion of the corresponding actuator; and

    wherein the one or more upper branch housing members and the upper housing member form an integral upper body portion, the one or more lower branch housing members and the lower housing member form an integral lower body portion, and the integral upper body portion and the integral lower body portion are removably coupled to form a hollow body portion comprising the central cavity.

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