USPTO Issues Patent for Advanced Logistics Drone Platform

Blueflite has been awarded the patent for its proprietary design, including its unique tilt-mechanism, internal payload bay, compact wing design, and control software By Phoebe Grinter / 16 Nov 2022
Blueflite drone delivery system

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent related to Blueflite’s advanced logistics drone platform covering its unique design and functionality for fast, cost-effective, and sustainable deliveries. 

The Utility Patent No. 11,492,106 entitled ‘Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicle’ is directed at the company’s proprietary design including its unique tilt-mechanism, internal payload bay, compact wing design, and control software.

According to Blueflite, propulsion modules are actuated independently and make use of advanced on-board control code enabling vectored thrust. This allows for self-righting and extreme maneuverability, even in challenging weather conditions, while enabling high-speed and energy-efficient flight.

Blueflite believes this first-of-its-kind design stands apart from conventional drones where typically high-speed, high-maneuverability and long range with high-payload cannot be achieved simultaneously. Blueflite’s patented design featuring the tilt-mechanism makes this possible.

The internal payload bay protects the cargo from extreme factors like wind and rain and allows unloading from either the top or bottom for all-automatable delivery sequences.

The quad compact wing is designed for tight spaces and urban environments, allowing the drone platform to more easily maneuver and land when and where it is needed. Functionality is shifted from hardware to software for better unit economics and reducing complexity.

“These key features are absent from most delivery drones on the market today and we believe that these capabilities are essential to succeed in the drone logistics industry,” said Frank Noppel, Blueflite Founder and CEO. “This is just the first in a series of patents we have pending as Blueflite continues to invest in the best mobility technology for future logistics solutions.”

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