Patents by Inventor Aaron J. Kutzmann

Aaron J. Kutzmann has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160298948
    Abstract: A rocket comprises at least one propulsion unit including a pivotable rocket motor, a spring-assisted one-time deployment mechanism, and a release mechanism. The pivotable rocket motor is pivotable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The spring-assisted one-time deployment mechanism moves the rocket motor from the stowed position to the deployed position when the deployment mechanism is released by the release mechanism. Outer geometry of the rocket is changed as the rocket motor is moved to the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin G. Albright, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 9403605
    Abstract: A multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle that uses tractor propulsion to launch the vehicle into space. Only the upper stage of the vehicle includes an engine and avionics allowing the lower stages to be only liquid propellant tanks that may be dumped when empty. The liquid propellant may be either monopropellant or bi-propellant. The upper stage may include multiple nozzles that burn the propellant. Alternatively, the upper stage may include an aerospike engine instead of nozzles. The multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle may be air launched from an airborne aircraft or may be launched from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Ball, Aaron J. Kutzmann, David A. Deamer
  • Publication number: 20160167764
    Abstract: A light-weight stiffened wing airfoil includes at least one wing segment (52). The wing segment comprises an upper (53b) and a lower skin assembly (53a), wherein each of the upper and lower skin assemblies incorporates a plurality of inwardly facing stringer grooves (74); a first rib (64-1) at a distal end of the wing segment and a second rib (64-2) at a proximal end of the wing segment; a plurality of rib trusses (70) extending from the first and second ribs to the opposing skin assembly (53); and a plurality of support members extending from the inwardly facing stringer grooves to the opposing skin assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Erik Grip, Aaron J. Kutzmann, Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Publication number: 20160144969
    Abstract: A solar powered aircraft including a modular main wing and a pair of relatively large modular winglets attached to the transverse end portions of the main wing. To collect solar radiation, including relatively low-angle radiation, solar panels are mounted to both the main wing and the winglets. In some embodiments, the aspect ratio of the main wing is relatively low, such as between 9 and 15, i.e., the main wing is relatively deep compared to its wing span. In some embodiments, the winglets are relatively long, such as in the range of 0.2 to 0.7 times the length of the main wing semi-span. In some embodiments, a truss-like spar passes through and helps support the wing and the winglets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Blaine Knight Rawdon, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 9284061
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a flying boom that is capable of refueling both receptacle-equipped aircraft and probe-equipped aircraft. In one embodiment, a flying boom includes a refueling tube at an end of the flying boom that is adapted to extend from the end of the flying boom to refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft. The flying boom further includes a retractable hose and drogue assembly at the end of the flying boom that is adapted to extend from the end of the flying boom to refuel probe-equipped aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20160031571
    Abstract: A multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle that uses tractor propulsion to launch the vehicle into space. Only the upper stage of the vehicle includes an engine and avionics allowing the lower stages to be only liquid propellant tanks that may be dumped when empty. The liquid propellant may be either monopropellant or bi-propellant. The upper stage may include multiple nozzles that burn the propellant. Alternatively, the upper stage may include an aerospike engine instead of nozzles. The multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle may be air launched from an airborne aircraft or may be launched from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: JAMES M. BALL, AARON J. KUTZMANN, DAVID A. DEAMER
  • Patent number: 9114892
    Abstract: A multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle that uses tractor propulsion to launch the vehicle into space. Only the upper stage of the vehicle includes an engine and avionics allowing the lower stages to be only liquid propellant tanks that may be dumped when empty. The liquid propellant may be either monopropellant or bi-propellant. The upper stage may include multiple nozzles that burn the propellant. Alternatively, the upper stage may include an aerospike engine instead of nozzles. The multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle may be air launched from an airborne aircraft or may be launched from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Ball, Aaron J. Kutzmann, David A. Deamer
  • Publication number: 20150041591
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a flying boom that is capable of refueling both receptacle-equipped aircraft and probe-equipped aircraft. In one embodiment, a flying boom includes a refueling tube at an end of the flying boom that is adapted to extend from the end of the flying boom to refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft. The flying boom further includes a retractable hose and drogue assembly at the end of the flying boom that is adapted to extend from the end of the flying boom to refuel probe-equipped aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8829401
    Abstract: A projectile and associated method are provided for seeking a target that has been laser designated even though the projectile does not include a laser receiver. A projectile includes an aerodynamic body and a GPS receiver configured to receive GPS signals indicative of a location of the aerodynamic body. The projectile also includes a radio receiver configured to receive radio signals from an offboard laser receiver that provide information relating to a location of the target based upon laser designation of the target. Further, the projectile includes a processor configured to direct flight of the aerodynamic body toward the target based upon the location of the aerodynamic body as determined from the GPS signals and the location of the target based upon the information provided by the offboard laser receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8783625
    Abstract: A flight control system for an airfoil comprises a control surface, a chamber connecting the control surface to the airfoil, and a pneumatic mechanism fluidly connected to the chamber. The chamber may be comprised of at least two cells that may be fluidly separated by a membrane. The pneumatic mechanism is configured to provide differential pressure to the cells in order to alternately increase volume/pressure of the cells to cause deflection of the control surface. The cells may have a stretchable outer surface to allow for changes in the length of the outer surface in response to inflation/deflation of the cells. The outer surface of the cells may be substantially continuous with outer mold lines of the airfoil and of the control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8720817
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for an aircraft empennage that utilizes two torque tube members to create opposing sides of the empennage. The torque tube members are connected using a bridging member that is attached at opposing ends to the top portions of the torque tube members. The torque tube members and bridging member provide structural support for access cut-outs within the aircraft skin between the torque tube members for access to a payload space within. The torque tube members may include any number of walls, any of which may provide a pressure barrier to the payload space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Max Kismarton, Aaron J. Kutzmann, Kevin Lutke
  • Patent number: 8567711
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for a swept-wing powered-lift aircraft. Aspects of the disclosure provide a powered-lift aircraft that utilizes the engine exhaust flow over upper surface blown flaps to increase lift during various flight operations. The powered-lift aircraft has wings with inboard portions and outboard portions. The adjacent inboard and outboard portions share a swept leading edge. The leading edge is swept to a degree that shifts the outboard portion rearward to a position in which the aircraft center of lift has little to no variance upon the activation or deactivation of a powered-lift system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Gregg, III, Aaron J. Kutzmann, David J. Manley, John C. Vassberg, Neal Harrison, Max Kismarton
  • Patent number: 8459591
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8403256
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for a swept-wing powered-lift aircraft. Aspects of the disclosure provide a powered-lift aircraft that utilizes the engine exhaust flow over upper surface blown flaps to increase lift during various flight operations. The powered-lift aircraft has wings with inboard portions and outboard portions. The adjacent inboard and outboard portions share a swept leading edge. The leading edge is swept to a degree that shifts the outboard portion rearward to a position in which the aircraft center of lift has little to no variance upon the activation or deactivation of a powered-lift system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert D Gregg, III, Aaron J. Kutzmann, David J. Manley, John C. Vassberg, Neal Harrison, Max Kismarton
  • Patent number: 8366052
    Abstract: A detachable inflation system for use with an air vehicle having at least one inflatable structure. The detachable inflation system comprises a pallet structure. The detachable inflation system further comprises an initial inflation system, attached to the pallet structure, that provides one or more compressed fluids. The initial inflation system is connected to an inflation distribution system in the air vehicle for distributing the one or more compressed fluids into the inflatable structure to inflate the inflatable structure. The detachable inflation system further comprises a detachable parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8353478
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for a blended wing passenger or cargo aircraft. Aspects of the disclosure provide an aircraft having wings with spars having a thickness at the wing root corresponding to a height of the payload space within the fuselage to which the wings are attached. The wing spars within the wings on each side of the aircraft may each be spliced into an aircraft frame that is part of the fuselage. The wing thickness provides mounting locations for aircraft engines and other components within the wing and passing through the wing spars. With this mid-wing configuration, the fuselage provides support for the various loads experienced by the wings without the use of a conventional structural wing box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Max Kismarton, Aaron J. Kutzmann, Kevin Lutke
  • Patent number: 8322655
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for an aircraft empennage that utilizes two torque tube members to create opposing sides of the empennage. The torque tube members are connected using a bridging member that is attached at opposing ends to the top portions of the torque tube members. The torque tube members and bridging member provide structural support for access cut-outs within the aircraft skin between the torque tube members for access to a payload space within. The torque tube members may include any number of walls, any of which may provide a pressure barrier to the payload space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Max Kismarton, Aaron J. Kutzmann, Kevin Lutke
  • Patent number: 8317129
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for an engine nozzle having a universal convergent nozzle and a distinct nozzle aperture. Aspects of the disclosure provide a universal convergent nozzle that includes a nozzle throat and is attachable at a first end to an aircraft engine and at a second end to a distinct nozzle aperture. While the distinct nozzle aperture may include features that are specific to the corresponding engine mounting location, the universal convergent nozzle may be interchangeably used with any engine and distinct nozzle aperture at any engine mounting location. The configuration of the universal convergent nozzle ensures consistent engine performance and engine exhaust plume conditioning across all engine mounting locations, irrespective of the distinct nozzle aperture features downstream of the universal convergent nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward Lawson, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8302908
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for a blended wing passenger or cargo aircraft. Aspects of the disclosure provide an aircraft having wings with spars having a thickness at the wing root corresponding to a height of the payload space within the fuselage to which the wings are attached. The wing spars within the wings on each side of the aircraft may each be spliced into an aircraft frame that is part of the fuselage. The wing thickness provides mounting locations for aircraft engines and other components within the wing and passing through the wing spars. With this mid-wing configuration, the fuselage provides support for the various loads experienced by the wings without the use of a conventional structural wing box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Max Kismarton, Aaron J. Kutzmann, Kevin Lutke
  • Publication number: 20120211588
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann