Automatically guided parafoil directed to land on a moving target

A method is described performing the following with a parafoil's control unit composed of electronic circuitry while the control unit is being transported with a parafoil: calculating a desired landing location for a parafoil, the desired landing location corresponding to a moving target, the calculating including using a term representative of the moving target's velocity; determining a flight path to the desired landing location; and, controlling the parafoil's flight path so as to follow the flight path.
Inventors: 

Eugene Bourakov, Charles Hewgley, Oleg A. Yakimenko

Patent Number: 
US8483891
Patent Issue Date: 
August 9, 2013
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