US 9,809,293 B2
Methods and mechanisms for balloon launching
Daniel Ratner, San Francisco, CA (US)
Assigned to X Development LLC, Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed by X Development LLC, Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed on Mar. 31, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/86,918.
Application 15/086,918 is a continuation of application No. 14/179,710, filed on Feb. 13, 2014, granted, now 9,327,844.
Application 14/179,710 is a continuation of application No. 14/179,673, filed on Feb. 13, 2014, granted, now 9,327,819.
Prior Publication US 2016/0214698 A1, Jul. 28, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B64B 1/40 (2006.01); B64B 1/00 (2006.01); B64F 1/04 (2006.01); B64B 1/58 (2006.01)
CPC B64B 1/005 (2013.01) [B64B 1/40 (2013.01); B64F 1/04 (2013.01); B64B 1/58 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method comprising:
receiving, from at least one wind sensor, wind data associated with an external environment outside a shell structure, wherein the wind data comprises information indicative of a wind direction and a wind velocity of wind in the external environment;
moving the shell structure based on the received wind data;
opening the shell structure such that a balloon positioned substantially within the shell structure is exposed to the external environment; and
launching the balloon.