US 11,753,164 B2
Rotating release launching system
Nicholas Robert Alley, Marietta, GA (US); Jesse Owen Williams, Marietta, GA (US); and Matthew Gordon Brasher, Marietta, GA (US)
Assigned to Anduril Industries, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA (US)
Filed by Anduril Industries, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA (US)
Filed on Mar. 10, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/691,379.
Application 17/691,379 is a continuation in part of application No. 17/567,330, filed on Jan. 3, 2022, granted, now 11,655,029.
Application 17/567,330 is a continuation of application No. 17/089,937, filed on Nov. 5, 2020, granted, now 11,214,370, issued on Jan. 4, 2022.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/019,967, filed on May 4, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2022/0348327 A1, Nov. 3, 2022
Int. Cl. B64D 1/02 (2006.01)
CPC B64D 1/02 (2013.01) 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A launcher comprising:
a body portion;
a bay area partially defined by the body portion;
a door portion connected to the body portion, the door portion operative to detachably connect to a configurable payload within the body portion while the door portion is connected to the launcher, the door portion being configured to rotate, causing rotation of the configurable payload as the configurable payload detaches from the door portion,
wherein the rotation of the door portion imparts an angular momentum onto the configurable payload, the imparted angular momentum causing an asymmetric release of the configurable payload from the door portion; and
a force applying portion attached to the door portion, the force applying portion configured to impart a force to the configurable payload, the force being configured to:
retain the configurable payload in a particular position within the body portion; and
detach the configurable payload from the door portion in response to the rotation of the door portion.