Method for operating a radio-controlled flying hovercraft

  • US 9,904,292 B2
  • Filed: 07/03/2015
  • Issued: 02/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/30/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for operating a radio controlled (RC) flying hovercraft using an RC controller separate and remote from the RC flying hovercraft, the method comprising:

  • providing an RC flying hovercraft having a set of generally downwardly directed thrusters, each thruster including at least one blade driven by a battery powered motor to provide aerodynamic lift for the RC flying hovercraft under control of a control system in the RC flying hovercraft that is responsive to radio frequency (RF) communications from the RC controller;

    causing an RF receiver in the control system in the RC flying hovercraft to receive communications from the RC controller, the communications including a desired orientation of the RC flying hovercraft, wherein the desired orientation communicated by the RC controller is determined based on a handheld structure housing a sensor system in the RC controller that senses a gravitational reference and at least a two dimensional, two-axis sensed orientation of the handheld structure with respect to said gravitational reference as a result of a user, remote from the RC flying hovercraft, selectively orienting the handheld structure;

    causing a sensor system in the control system of the RC flying hovercraft to dynamically sense a gravitational reference for the RC flying hovercraft and determine an actual orientation of the RC flying hovercraft, the sensor system including at least a three-dimensional, three-axis sensor; and

    causing the control system in the RC flying hovercraft to automatically and dynamically control a thrust produced by each of said thrusters to achieve and selectively maintain the actual orientation of the RC flying hovercraft in response to the desired orientation communicated to the RC flying hovercraft by the RC controller and the actual orientation determined by the sensor system in the RC flying hovercraft without any additional communications being required for the user to control moment-to-moment balance and stabilization of the RC flying hovercraft.

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