December 9 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent to the Aeroscraft vertical take off and landing air cargo vehicle that covers the aircraft's air bearing landing system (ABLS).

The patent covers the ABLS technology, which is an integrated part of the Aeroscraft design, and is designed for vertical take off and landing instead of the previous hovercraft-type of landing systems.

Aeros Corporation (Aeros) claims that this new capability will dramatically decrease the time and cost for delivering cargo to areas with no pre-positioned infrastructure.