US 9,809,307 B1
Methods and systems for providing a safety apparatus to distressed persons
James Sommerfield Richardson, Duluth, GA (US)
Filed by James Sommerfield Richardson, Duluth, GA (US)
Filed on Jul. 27, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/661,859.
Application 15/661,859 is a continuation of application No. 14/689,323, filed on Apr. 17, 2015, granted, now 9,745,062.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/071,880, filed on Oct. 6, 2014.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B64D 1/02 (2006.01); B64C 39/02 (2006.01); G05D 1/00 (2006.01); B63C 9/01 (2006.01)
CPC B64D 1/02 (2013.01) [B63C 9/01 (2013.01); B64C 39/024 (2013.01); G05D 1/0011 (2013.01); B64C 2201/027 (2013.01); B64C 2201/127 (2013.01); B64C 2201/128 (2013.01); B64C 2201/14 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An integrated mobile system for providing lifesaving equipment to a person in distress, the system comprising:
an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in wireless communication with a control device and comprising an equipment engagement mechanism configured to releasably secure the lifesaving equipment to the UAV;
an independent line control device positioned remotely from and physically unattached to the UAV; and
a control line having a first end, a second end, and a length continuously extending between the first and second ends, the first end being permanently secured to the line control device, the second end being permanently secured to the lifesaving equipment, and the length being unrestrained between the first end and the second end such that no portion of the control line physically contacts the UAV,
wherein:
the control device is configured to generate a release signal in response to user input indicating a request to release the lifesaving equipment from the UAV; and
the UAV is configured to in response to receipt of the release signal, release the lifesaving equipment, wherein upon release, the lifesaving equipment remains secured to only the line control device via the second end of the control line.