Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC) has announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has 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 & defense sector in 2012, the company said.
The patent supports YEC´s proprietary Silent ArrowÂ® ER-700 (Electric, Reusable, 700 lbs. payload) cargo delivery drone product line that allows persistent operations from improvised airstrips as well as via airdrop from a variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
In January, YEC announced receipt of a closely related US Government contract award to build and fly ten of its tandem-wing Silent ArrowÂ® GD-700 (Glider, Disposable, 700 lbs. payload) cargo delivery drones, each of which carries up to 700 pounds of life-saving supplies, medicine and equipment to those in need anywhere on earth. Silent ArrowÂ® is thought to be the world´s most efficient standoff delivery platform in cost per pound of payload.
YEC is represented by Dentons US LLP for patent prosecution and by Robins Kaplan LLP for IP licensing, sale and enforcement.