Boeing has been assigned a patent for a method of retrieving personnel.
The method includes “receiving a radio signal indicating a real-time position of personnel to be retrieved, deploying an unmanned aerial vehicle to the real-time position, receiving an indication that the personnel to be retrieved is on-board the unmanned aerial vehicle, and operating the unmanned aerial vehicle to move the personnel to a different location.”
“Moving through space has always been one of the main dreams of mankind,” explains this patent. To facilitate this, Frankie Zapata has designed a harness connected to a thrust unit, “particular in the form of a pair of nozzles for ejecting a fluid under pressure and thus to generate force.”
Personal Water Craft Product is the applicant in a patent assigned inventor Frankie Zapata of Zapata Holding.
According to the patent, “The arrangement of such a device offers great freedom of movement through the air or under the surface of a fluid.”
QuickLaunch is a company attempting to launch payloads into low Earth orbit using a type of “space gun.”
In their recently assigned patent, the company describes “a gas gun launcher having a pump tube and a launch tube with a first end of the launch tube slidably inserted into a second end of the pump tube.”
A sliding seal would be used to keep the gas in the launch and pump tubes, with a fast-closing muffler to conserve the gas.
The launch tube alignment system would be automatic in its preferred design “to enhance the accuracy of launches.”
Additionally, “an embodiment of the gas gun launcher suitable for use in water such as an ocean or large lake preferably utilizes a neutrally buoyant launch tube and a neutrally buoyant pump tube.”
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