Boeing had 67 patents in robotics during Q1 2024. Boeing has filed patents for coordinating drones for various purposes such as communication, energy harvesting, and camouflage. They have also developed methods for repairing structures using UAVs equipped with repair tools. Additionally, they have created systems for contingency landing of UAVs and a system including a detector attachment member for communication between UAVs and detectors. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degree 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 59% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Drone coordinated satellite communications, energy harvesting, and camouflage (Patent ID: US20240103535A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes methods, systems, and apparatus for coordinating drones to communicate with reduced signal to noise, harvest energy, or provide camouflage. The system for energy harvesting involves a set of transmitter drones equipped with elements that receive solar energy and transmit it to a receiver drone for conversion to electrical power with increased efficiency. The elements can include reflectors, transmissive elements, or thermoelectric modules to optimize energy conversion.

The system also involves a computer that coordinates the transmitter drones to focus solar energy on the receiver drone by forming an array of drones at positions on a convex surface. The computer can control the orientation of reflective surfaces on the drones to concentrate solar energy on the receiver drone. Additionally, the apparatus for energy harvesting includes a mechanism on each transmitter drone to control the orientation of the elements for efficient energy transmission. The method outlined in the patent involves coordinating the transmitter drones to receive solar energy and transmit it to the receiver drone for conversion to electrical power.

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