Patent Number: 8,820,672

Title: Environmental sampling with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Abstract: Environmental samples are collected and analyzed using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In some examples, the sample is drawn into engagement with a sensor onboard a UAV by the existing fluid flow generated by a rotor fan through a duct of a ducted fan of the UAV. The quality characteristics of the fluid sample may be physically or wirelessly delivered to a remote location. In some examples, samples are drawn into engagement with the sensor by a flexible tube that is attached to an outer surface of the UAV. The flexible tube may allow the UAV to precisely target and collect samples of dust and moisture and other materials from the ground over which the UAV operates.

Inventors: Erben; Erik (Rio Rancho, NM), Habing; Robert (Albuquerque, NM), Tubbeh; Nader (Albuquerque, NM)

Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.

International Classification: B64C 29/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018