Honeywell International assigned patent for anti-collision lighting systems and methods for a micro aerial vehicle

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 19 — Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (7,999,698) developed by Richard E. Annati, Albuquerque, N.M., and David E. Ekhaguere, Albuquerque, N.M., for an “anti-collision lighting systems and methods for a micro aerial vehicle.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Systems and methods for anti-collision lights on a UAV. A method for passive anti-collision lights on a Micro-Aerial Vehicle (“MAV”) including determining a location of the MAV using a flight management computer configured to fly the MAV on a programmed path using data from a global positioning system and an inertial navigation system. The flight management system transmits light activation data and selectively activates at least one navigation light located on a visible surface of the MAV using the light activation data from the flight management computer.”

The patent application was filed on June 4, 2008 (12/133,040). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=79,99,698&OS=79,99,698&RS=79,99,698