US 11,054,224 B1
System for physically capturing and signal-defeating unmanned aerial vehicles
Hunter I. Stephens, Hagatna, GU (US); Anthony M. Mountain, West Springfield, MA (US); Kynan M. Valencia, Indianapolis, IN (US); and Cory A. Cooper, Monument, CO (US)
Assigned to United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (US)
Filed by Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (US)
Filed on Feb. 4, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/266,405.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/626,233, filed on Feb. 5, 2018.
Int. Cl. B64F 1/02 (2006.01); F41H 11/04 (2006.01); H04K 3/00 (2006.01); B64C 39/02 (2006.01)
CPC F41H 11/04 (2013.01) [B64C 39/024 (2013.01); B64F 1/02 (2013.01); H04K 3/68 (2013.01); B64C 2201/12 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for defeating a threat unmanned aerial vehicle, the system comprising:
a friendly unmanned aerial vehicle; and
a containment system being deployable from the friendly unmanned aerial vehicle, the containment system including:
a signal blocking enclosure formed of a conductive material for shielding radio frequency signals from propagating in or out of the signal blocking enclosure, and
a capturing device for arresting the threat unmanned aerial vehicle and positioning an arrested threat unmanned aerial vehicle within the signal blocking enclosure,
wherein the signal blocking enclosure is operable to be expanded from a compact position for enhanced flight of the friendly unmanned aerial vehicle to a signal blocking position such that the signal blocking enclosure is operable to shield radio frequency signals from propagating in or out of the signal blocking enclosure, wherein the containment system further comprises a suspension rod that is extendable from a compact position in which the suspension rod is disposed within a horizontal footprint of the signal blocking enclosure to an extended position in which one or more peripheral portions of the suspension rod extend beyond the horizontal footprint of the signal blocking enclosure, the capturing device including an upper end secured to the suspension rod and a lower end operable to be disposed below a vertical footprint of the signal blocking enclosure for arresting the threat unmanned aerial vehicle.