Energy-efficient launch system for aerial vehicles

Utility Patent Grant (B1)

February 11, 2020

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Assignees: Amazon Technologies, Inc.

Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Louis LeRoi LeGrand, III

An energy-efficient launch system that utilizes the principles of whip dynamics to launch payloads at high speeds is described. The launch system may include a marine vehicle having an onboard power source. A tapered, superconducting cable may be retractably connected to the marine vehicle via a winch and electrically connected to the power source. One or more aerial vehicles may be coupled to and receive power via the cable. To launch a payload at the end of the cable, the marine vehicle, winch, and/or aerial vehicles may be operated in coordination to create, propagate, and accelerate a whip waveform along the cable toward the payload.