AeroVironment. has filed a patent for a system including a launch control box, a multi-pack launcher (MPL) box, and a specialized cable connecting the two components. The MPL box features a door and a current sense circuit to detect obstacles hindering door closure. GlobalData’s report on AeroVironment gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on AeroVironment, Precision imaging drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. AeroVironment's grant share as of January 2024 was 49%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Launch control system with multi-pack launcher and current sense circuit

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: AeroVironment Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240013949A1) describes a system that includes a multi-pack launcher (MPL) box with a door that can open and close, along with a current sense circuit designed to detect any object that may prevent the door from closing. The system also includes an actuator to operate the door and the current sense circuit is in communication with the actuator. The current sense circuit is programmed to detect the object by monitoring the current of the actuator and taking appropriate actions such as opening the door, activating a door open indicator light, or stopping the actuator's movement until the object is removed.

Furthermore, the system comprises a door motor to assist in opening and closing the door of the MPL box, and it can house missiles like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or all-up-rounds (AURs) with antennas to receive radio frequency signals. The method outlined in the patent involves receiving a door close command, detecting any object obstructing the door's closure, and halting the actuator's movement if such an object is detected. The current sense circuit plays a crucial role in identifying the obstruction by monitoring the actuator's current levels and taking necessary steps like opening the door, activating an indicator light, and closing the door once the obstacle is removed. This innovative system aims to enhance the functionality and safety of multi-pack launchers by ensuring smooth door operations and preventing any potential obstructions during missile deployment.

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