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Vertical take-off-and-landing unmanned aerial vehicle system capable of landing on uneven or sloped terrain

A system for landing, comprising a vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) having landing gear, wherein the landing gear is telescopic and comprises a sensor, and wherein the landing gear is compressed upon landing on a surface, and the compression causes a signal to be sent to a system that computes the slope of the ground surface using the length of the compressed landing gear and the attitude of the UAV. If the center of gravity falls within the support area, the legs are locked and the UAV power is turned off. If the center of gravity falls outside the support area, the UAV is forced to take off and find a safer landing spot.
Inventors: 

Aaron Bruce Burmeister

Hoa G. Nguyen

Patent Number: 
US9994307
Patent Issue Date: 
July 12, 2018
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