Resources Contact Us Home
Road/air vehicle

Image Number 16 for United States Patent #6619584.

A road/air vehicle is able to quickly and easily convert between two configurations, air configuration and road configuration, to facilitate practical operation as both an aircraft and as an automobile. In air configuration the craft includes two laterally symmetrically flight surfaces; a smaller forward canard wing, generally horizontally disposed and a larger rearward main wing generally horizontally disposed with fin surfaces, generally vertically disposed, at each tip. Control surfaces on the main wing, the canard wing and the tip fins severally provide roll control, pitch control and yaw control in flight. The wheels/undercarriage are of a laterally symmetrical rectangular pattern, with the lateral distance between the two forward wheels and the two rearward wheels being similar. The forward wheels are steerable for ground operations. A suitable powerplant drives the rear wheels for ground operations. A second suitable powerplant provides direct atmospheric thrust for flight operations. In road configuration all flight surfaces and avionics sensors are folded and stored inside compartments within the body of the craft. Controls to facilitate both ground and flight operations are available for a single operator to perform the functions of both driver in road configuration and pilot in air configuration.

  Recently Added Patents
Preserving and handling native data in hybrid object trees
Nano-pigment inkjet ink composition that has a low odor and is environmentally-friendly
Traffic signal mapping and detection
Image processing apparatus and method configured to calculate defocus amount of designated area
Nickel-cobalt-manganese multi-element lithium ion battery cathode material with dopants and its methods of preparation
Organic light emitting device connection methods
Methods, systems, and computer program product for virtually modifying surface region curvature to detect protrusions
  Randomly Featured Patents
Lockable latch with catch for a safe
Electromagnetically shielded video camera and shielded enclosure for image capture devices
Black and white disc construction to record color images
Magnetic ink character recognition encoder utilizing a dot matrix printer head and plurality of sensors for detecting, activating, and controlling the speed of the media
Wideband CMOS RMS power detection scheme
Method of producing analgesia using neurotrophins
Optical scanning device for use with multiple types of record carrier surfaces
Solar heater
Facing and inside-turning head
Flame simulating assembly