Intelligent self-leveling docking system

  • US 9,387,940 B2
  • Filed: 11/09/2011
  • Issued: 07/12/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) docking apparatus, comprising:

  • a landing surface;

    an orientation mechanism coupled with the landing surface configured to adjust the orientation of the landing surface; and

    an alignment mechanism coupled with the landing surface, wherein the alignment mechanism comprises two or more sliding wiper arms coupled with the landing surface and configured to slide to contact a UAV resting on the landing surface and push the UAV along the landing surface to a predetermined location on the landing surface,wherein the landing surface comprises a first side comprising the alignment mechanism, and a second side that comprises one or more photovoltaic cells, and wherein the orientation mechanism is further operable to orient the second side of the landing surface to generate electricity when the UAV is away from the apparatus.

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