Yates Electrospace Corp. (YEC) says it has been granted a utility patent in support of its proprietary Silent Arrow ER-700 cargo delivery drones.
According to YEC, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted patent 9,868,526, entitled “Airborne Drone Delivery Network and Method of Operating Same,” the company’s eighth issued utility patent since entering the aerospace and defense sector in 2012. YEC says the patent is the first to cover a “flying warehouse” aircraft deploying and recovering electric drones for multiple deliveries.
YEC says its Silent Arrow ER-700 – representing electric, reusable and capable of carrying a 700 lb. payload – allows persistent operations from improvised airstrips, as well as via airdrop, from a variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
In January, YEC announced the receipt of a closely related U.S. government contract award to build and fly 10 of its tandem-wing, disposable Silent Arrow GD-700 cargo delivery glider drones, each of which can carry up to 700 pounds of supplies, medicine and equipment to those in need.
“This seminal patent extends our single-use cargo business into the electric-powered, multi-mission space where we were early thought leaders,” says Chip Yates, YEC’s founder and CEO. “Our R&D group invented the technology and filed this patent four years ago, before drone delivery was the hot topic it is today, which underscores our long-standing excitement and vision for an electric, connected future.”
YEC is represented by Dentons US LLP for patent prosecution and by Robins Kaplan LLP for IP licensing, sale and enforcement.