US 9,810,789 B2
Unoccupied flying vehicle (UFV) location assurance
Royce A. Levien, Lexington, MA (US); Robert W. Lord, Seattle, WA (US); Richard T. Lord, Tacoma, WA (US); Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, WA (US); John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Bellevue, WA (US); and Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Bellevue, WA (US)
Assigned to Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA (US)
Filed by Elwha LLC, a limited liability corporation of the State of Delaware, Bellevue, WA (US)
Filed on Sep. 30, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/42,302.
Application 14/042,302 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/015,669, filed on Aug. 30, 2013.
Application 14/015,669 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/866,743, filed on Apr. 19, 2013.
Application 13/866,743 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/800,391, filed on Mar. 13, 2013.
Application 13/800,391 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/731,721, filed on Dec. 31, 2012, granted, now 9,405,296.
Application 13/731,721 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/731,450, filed on Dec. 31, 2012, granted, now 9,235,218.
Application 13/731,450 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/731,407, filed on Dec. 31, 2012.
Application 13/731,407 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/731,363, filed on Dec. 31, 2012.
Application 13/731,363 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/730,202, filed on Dec. 28, 2012.
Application 13/730,202 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/728,642, filed on Dec. 27, 2012.
Application 13/728,642 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/722,874, filed on Dec. 20, 2012.
Application 13/722,874 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/720,694, filed on Dec. 19, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0299233 A1, Oct. 13, 2016
Int. Cl. G01S 19/42 (2010.01); G01S 19/21 (2010.01); B64C 39/02 (2006.01); G01S 19/14 (2010.01); G08G 5/00 (2006.01); G05D 1/00 (2006.01); G01C 21/00 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01); G05D 1/10 (2006.01); G01S 19/39 (2010.01); B64C 33/00 (2006.01); F41H 11/02 (2006.01)
CPC G01S 19/21 (2013.01) [B64C 39/024 (2013.01); G01C 21/00 (2013.01); G01S 19/14 (2013.01); G01S 19/215 (2013.01); G01S 19/39 (2013.01); G05D 1/101 (2013.01); G08G 5/0008 (2013.01); G08G 5/0013 (2013.01); G08G 5/0052 (2013.01); G08G 5/0069 (2013.01); G08G 5/0078 (2013.01); G08G 5/0086 (2013.01); G08G 5/0091 (2013.01); H04L 63/14 (2013.01); B64C 33/00 (2013.01); B64C 2201/101 (2013.01); B64C 2201/102 (2013.01); B64C 2201/104 (2013.01); B64C 2201/108 (2013.01); B64C 2201/143 (2013.01); B64C 2201/145 (2013.01); B64C 2201/146 (2013.01); F41H 11/02 (2013.01)] 41 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for unoccupied flying vehicle (UFV) location assurance, the method being at least partially implemented by at least one machine in at least one UFV, the method comprising:
autonomously controlling the at least one UFV including at least:
obtaining one or more positioning system (PS) coordinates corresponding to at least an apparent location of at least one UFV;
analyzing at least the one or more PS coordinates including at least determining at least one electromagnetic signal strength associated with the one or more PS coordinates and focusing directional reception of electromagnetic signals associated with the one or more PS coordinates to increase the at least one electromagnetic signal strength to a predetermined level of at least one of accuracy, reliability, precision, or confidence; and
controlling at least a portion of at least one flight path of the at least one UFV based at least partly on the one or more PS coordinates determined by focused directional reception of electromagnetic signals.