Boeing had eight patents in space economy during Q1 2024. The patent filed by The Boeing Co in Q1 2024 involves methods, systems, and apparatus for coordinating drones to communicate effectively with reduced signal to noise, harvest energy, and provide camouflage. 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 space economy as a theme is 87% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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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 involves a set of transmitter drones equipped with elements to receive solar energy and transmit it to a receiver drone for energy harvesting. The computer coordinates the drones to optimize the efficiency of converting solar energy into electrical power, utilizing elements such as reflectors, transmissive elements, and thermoelectric modules.

The system also includes a navigation system to track the positioning of the Sun relative to the drones, ensuring optimal energy capture. The drones can be arranged in an array on convex surfaces like paraboloids or ellipsoids to focus solar energy on the receiver drone. Additionally, the apparatus for energy harvesting includes mechanisms to control the orientation of elements mounted on the drones for efficient energy transmission. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive system for coordinating drones to harvest solar energy effectively and convert it into electrical power with increased efficiency.

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GlobalData Patent Analytics tracks bibliographic data, legal events data, point in time patent ownerships, and backward and forward citations from global patenting offices. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.