Boeing had 72 patents in robotics during Q4 2023.Boeing Co filed patents in Q4 2023 for systems and methods related to launch and recovery of unmanned aircraft using parachute-assist, manufacturing composite components with reinforcing structures, building fuselage assemblies, machining composite material substrates with disbond regions, and UAV-enabled marking of surfaces during manufacturing, inspection, or repair. These patents showcase innovative technologies for aerospace applications. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Boeing grant share with robotics as a theme is 73% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Launch and/or recovery for unmanned aircraft and/or other payloads, including via parachute-assist, and associated systems and methods (Patent ID: US20230406537A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes a system for launching and recovering unmanned aircraft using a rocket, carriage, guide element, and launch guide. The system allows for the releasable support of a UAV by the carriage, with the guide element moving along the launch guide during the rocket's launch. The configuration of the guide element and launch guide helps vertically orient the rocket during launch, with the option for releasing the UAV at the apogee of the rocket's trajectory and deploying a parachute for recovery.

The method outlined in the patent involves launching a rocket with a carriage supporting a UAV, where the guide element engages the launch guide to facilitate movement during launch. The guide element sliding along the launch guide helps with the upward orientation of the rocket, aiding in its vertical orientation during launch. The method also includes releasing the UAV from the carriage at the apogee of the rocket's trajectory and deploying a parachute for recovery after release.

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