Boeing had 39 patents in robotics during Q3 2023. One patent focuses on supporting flight operations of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft in an urban air mobility (UAM) environment by integrating weather data obtained from sensors located at the vertiport and onboard the aircraft. Another patent involves a method for automatically measuring a hole using a fiber optic probe and determining the presence of an interface gap. Additionally, Boeing has patented systems and methods for satellite operations with a secure enclave for secure hosted payload operations, as well as a system for controlling the release of a coating material to a substrate surface. Lastly, Boeing has developed an automated bi-stable valve system that allows for selective control of adhesion zones on the valve mechanism for picking up and placing materials. 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 74% in Q3 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Meteorological equipment to support flight operations of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (Patent ID: US20230271721A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes a method and apparatus for supporting flight operations of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft in an urban air mobility (UAM) environment. The method involves accessing weather data obtained from sensors located on-site at a vertiport and sensors onboard the VTOL aircraft. This data is then fused together to create a collection of weather data that describes the weather conditions at both the vertiport and the VTOL aircraft's environment. A weather map is then generated based on this collection of weather data, illustrating meteorological features of the weather in either the vertiport or the VTOL aircraft's environment. This weather map is intended to be used to support flight operations of the VTOL aircraft.

The apparatus described in the patent includes a memory for storing computer-readable program code and processing circuitry for accessing the memory and executing the program code. The apparatus is configured to access weather data from sensors at the vertiport and onboard the VTOL aircraft, perform data fusion to integrate this weather data, and produce a weather map based on the fused data. The apparatus can also generate a graphical user interface (GUI) to display the weather map and provide information on the feasibility of flight operations and the risk of icing on the VTOL aircraft. Additionally, the apparatus can access third-party weather data and integrate it with the observed weather data to further enhance the collection of weather data.

The method described in the patent involves the same steps as the apparatus, including accessing weather data from sensors at the vertiport and onboard the VTOL aircraft, performing data fusion, and producing a weather map. The method can also generate a GUI to display the weather map and provide information on flight feasibility and the risk of icing. Similar to the apparatus, the method can also access third-party weather data and integrate it with the observed weather data.

Overall, the patent describes a method and apparatus for integrating weather data from multiple sources to create a comprehensive weather map for supporting flight operations of VTOL aircraft in a UAM environment. The weather map can provide valuable information on meteorological features, flight feasibility, and the risk of icing, helping to ensure safe and efficient operations of VTOL aircraft in urban areas.

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