Patent Number: 7,232,092

Title: Flying vehicle-launching apparatus and method

Abstract: A flying vehicle-launching apparatus and method for launching a winged flying vehicle by accelerating the vehicle in a predetermined direction includes a flying vehicle-supporting platform, a guide device, and a driving device. The flying vehicle-supporting platform supports the winged flying vehicle so that it can lift off therefrom. The guide device supports the flying vehicle-supporting platform across two or more separated and parallel guide ways and guides the flying vehicle-supporting platform along the guide ways. In the flying vehicle-launching method, a propulsive engine of the winged flying vehicle is started after initiating acceleration with a flying vehicle-accelerating device. The winged flying vehicle is released from the flying vehicle-accelerating device in a predetermined angle of attack that is positive to a direction of acceleration after reaching a predetermined velocity.

Inventors: Yamamoto; Masatada (Nagoya, JP)

Assignee: Central Japan Rallway Company

International Classification: B64F 1/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-06-19 0:00:00