AIAA Honors Inventor Dr. Jay Gundlach

February 03, 2018
Post by Gregory Lars Gunnerson

On January 16, 2018, Lawrence Garrett reported The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose to honor Senior Member Dr. Jay Gundlach in the AIAA Momentum Member Spotlight for January 2018. With respect to Dr. Gundlach’s intellectual property endeavors, Lawrence notes:

For the past two decades, Dr. Jay Gundlach has been a pioneering force behind many advancements in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies, which have been growing areas of focus for the Institute over the past several years. Author of three books on UAS design, technologies, and missions; and lead inventor on numerous UAS-related technology patents, Gundlach believes that UAS will soon dominate the aerospace industry, making him an ideal member to spotlight for January 2018. . . .

Over the course of his career, Gundlach has been credited with inventing a number of enabling technologies that have led to five U.S. patents. Of those five, he cited the “SideArm combined launch and recovery system” patent as the most memorable. SideArm is a “combined launch and recovery system that enables large fixed-wing UAS to operate from small Navy ships or austere land sites.” He called it “the core technology” that led to Aurora’s entry into DARPA’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program.

Some of Dr. Gundlach’s patents may be viewed at the following links: U.S. Patent No. 8,622,334; U.S. Patent No. 9,010,683; U.S. Design Patent No. 651,156; and U.S. Design Patent No. 712,310.

Congratulations to Inventor Dr. Jay Gundlach for this fantastic achievement!

Gregory "Lars" Gunnerson is a Patent Attorney in the Mechanical and Electrical Patent Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. For additional information please visit or contact Lars directly via email at

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