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Rifle launcher for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

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ARL

A launcher system and method for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), wherein the launcher system comprises a barrel comprising a prepackaged internal pusher cup configured behind the UAV housed within the barrel; an expansion chamber operatively connected around the barrel, wherein the barrel extends out of a first end of the expansion chamber; a muzzle adapter operatively connected to a second end of the expansion chamber, wherein the first end of the expansion chamber is positioned opposite to the second end of the expansion chamber; a rifle slip-fitted to the muzzle adapter; and a stand operatively connected to the expansion chamber, wherein a triggering of the rifle causes the internal pusher cup to push the UAV out of the barrel at a predetermined launch velocity in order to attain a predetermined self-propelled flight trajectory.

Inventors: 
Condon, John A.; Brosseau, Timothy; Lyon, David
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Machines and Processing
FIle Date: 
2007-09-16
Grant Date: 
2010-12-14
Grant time: 
1,185 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
21
Claim count percentile rank: 
6
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY