Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John F. Moran
  • Patent number: 7406907
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a cartridge loop, the cartridge loop having a coupling interface with an opening defined in part by a pair of substantially parallel lines separated by a distance; and a coupling comprising first and second ends and a link that connects the first and second ends, the first end connecting with the coupling interface of the cartridge loop wherein a portion of the link adjacent the first end has a first thickness that is greater than the distance between the substantially parallel lines and a second thickness that is less than the distance between the substantially parallel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Eric Goon, Stojan Kotefski, Robert Kowalski
  • Patent number: 7406908
    Abstract: A one-piece metal cartridge loop has no welds and no overlapping parts. The cartridge loop includes a plurality of locking tabs for positioning a cartridge therein. One end of the cartridge loop includes a coupling interface and another end of the cartridge loop includes a coupling support. A method of making the non-welded cartridge loop is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Eric Goon, Stojan Kotefski
  • Patent number: 7395922
    Abstract: A grenade container includes a box having a bottom and four sides; a first foam layer disposed on the bottom of the box; a second foam layer disposed on the first foam layer and having a plurality of openings formed therein for receiving grenades; a plurality of grenades placed in the openings in the second foam layer; a first partition disposed on the grenades placed in the openings in the second foam layer; a third foam layer disposed above the first partition and having a plurality of openings formed therein for receiving grenades; a plurality of grenades placed in the openings in the third foam layer; a second partition disposed on the grenades placed in the openings in the third foam layer; a fourth foam layer disposed above the second partition; and a lid and a latch for closing the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Yash Sinha
  • Patent number: 7380488
    Abstract: A firing adapter for a combination gas and recoil operated weapon includes a blank firing barrel attached to the weapon; a piston having a barrel end and an anchor end, the barrel end being reciprocably disposed in the blank firing barrel and the anchor end being fixed to a non-recoil surface; and a gas port formed in the blank firing barrel wherein in a rest position of the weapon, the barrel end of the piston closes the gas port, and in a recoil position of the weapon, the barrel end of the piston opens the gas port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: David C. C. Mao, Frank Dindl
  • Patent number: 7360489
    Abstract: A non-lethal cargo projectile comprises a projectile body; a fuze adapter attached to a front of the projectile body; a fuze attached to the fuze adapter; a boattail attached to a rear of the projectile body; a pressure tube extending from the fuze adapter to the boattail; a decelerator and drogue chute disposed aft of the fuze adapter; a flexible line that connects the pressure tube to the decelerator; a center disc disposed aft of the decelerator and drogue chute; a rear disc disposed aft of the center disc, the center disc and the rear disc defining a payload volume therebetween; a second flexible line that connects the rear disc to the boattail; at least one shearable fastener that fastens the projectile body to the fuze adapter; and at least one vent extending from the boattail to the fuze adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Seungeuk Han, Raymond Trohanowsky, Andew Ponikowski
  • Patent number: 7357058
    Abstract: A safety latch assembly locks a firing tray mechanism and prevents it from firing a primer prematurely if a breech is not safely closed. The safety latch assembly includes a latch body, a latch hook for locking a firing mechanism tray, and a shaft that connects the latch body to a housing. A torsion spring is secured to the shaft, to bias a first pin towards the firing mechanism tray. A second pin couples a circular rack to the firing mechanism tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Douglas F. Olcott
  • Patent number: 7353740
    Abstract: A gun barrel adaptor includes a body having a central bore therethrough and including a flange, the flange having a hole therethrough, the body having a lower side on one side of the flange and an upper side on another side of the flange; a flat spring attached to a lower side of the flange; a stop disposed in the hole in the flange and extending above an upper side of the flange, the flat spring being operable to resist movement of the stop towards the lower side of the body; and at least one locking tab disposed on the upper side of the body. The gun barrel adaptor provides for quick change modularity of muzzle devices without the use of any special tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Brian R. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7334466
    Abstract: Apparatus and accompanying methods to evaluate the performance of an antipersonnel/canister projectile using either test data or theoretical data. It provides a three dimensional projection of the fragments/payload that can be evaluated using a variety of performance criteria. The method can be applied to numerous target types and shapes. This method can also be adjusted to evaluate antipersonnel projectiles that utilize a fuze dispersion (payload is dispersed with an explosive charge).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Philip Brislin
  • Patent number: 7318369
    Abstract: An out-of-battery lock for a primer feed mechanism having a drive shaft and a drive shaft housing surrounding the drive shaft, the out-of-battery lock including a housing having an opening therethrough for attachment to the drive shaft; a pair of wings disposed on opposite sides of the housing; a plunger slot formed in the housing; a plunger movably disposed in the plunger slot, the plunger including a central bore therein and a pair of tabs disposed on opposite sides of the plunger; and a compression spring disposed in the central bore in the plunger, the compression spring providing a force to bias the plunger towards the drive shaft housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Lisa J. Madigan, Robert J. Mysliwiec, Vincent J. Olmstead
  • Patent number: 7316186
    Abstract: A fuze for a submunition comprises a fuze housing with a stabilizer ribbon for aerodynamic orientation, a fuze slider released by tension on the stabilizer ribbon, an air-powered electric generator extended into the airstream by the fuze slider and powered in flight by high-speed airflow, a MEMS safety and arming device, a fuze circuit board including an explosive fireset, and an electrically initiated firetrain. The fuze is fixed to and communicates explosively with the end of a grenade warhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles H. Robinson, Robert H. Wood, Mark R. Gelak, Thinh Q. Hoang
  • Patent number: 7314006
    Abstract: A nonlethal canister tank round comprising a cartridge having a combustible case and containing propellant; a canister projectile attached to the cartridge, the canister projectile being generally cylindrical, comprising high density polyurethane foam and including a body and a cap for closing an open end of the body, the body defining a payload space therein; and a payload disposed in the payload space, the payload comprising one of rubber balls, fin stabilized projectiles, an inert material and fillable fin stabilized projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Peter Georgantzis, Hugh D. MacMillan, Brian A. Levine, Henry E. Hudgins
  • Patent number: 7298255
    Abstract: A sensory system for determining the orientation of an object, wherein the sensory system includes a plurality of non-uniformly spaced waveguide sensors or array(s) of waveguide sensors. The non-uniformly spaced waveguide sensors are responsive to received radio frequency signals wherein the received power of the signals is dependent upon the orientation of the waveguide(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Carlos M. Pereira, Hai-Long Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7258746
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes a cylindrical holding chamber having open ends, an opening formed in an inner surface and an inner diameter; a specimen having a curved inner surface with a radius of curvature that is equal to one half the inner diameter of the cylindrical holding chamber, the specimen having a size such that, when inserted in the opening in the inner surface of the cylindrical holding chamber, the inner surface of the cylindrical holding chamber and the curved inner surface of the specimen form a continuous surface; a counter bore formed radially outward from the opening in the inner wall of the cylindrical holding chamber; at least one evacuation hole extending from an interior of the cylindrical holding chamber through a wall of the cylindrical holding chamber to the counter bore; a flat formed on an exterior surface of the cylindrical holding chamber around the counter bore; and fastener holes formed around the counter bore and extending from the flat into the wall of the cylindrical holding
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: U.S. Government as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Mark G. Wotzak
  • Patent number: 7246549
    Abstract: A primer feed mechanism mounted on a carrier of an artillery piece includes a body assembly for mounting the primer feed mechanism on the carrier, the body assembly having guide rails and a follower plate; a tray assembly that is movable on the guide rails of the body assembly, the tray assembly including a housing and an injector arm assembly; an actuator drive link connected to the carrier; a quick release link connected to the actuator drive link; and a drive link assembly connected to the quick release link and to the injector arm assembly; wherein one end of the injector arm assembly includes a push pin that reciprocates in the housing to inject a primer and another end of the injector arm assembly includes a follower that travels in the follower plate of the body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Stephen M. Van Dyke-Restifo, Douglas F. Olcott, Dominick Scalise, Ralph P. Mischitelli, Lisa J. Madigan, Robert J. Mysliwiec
  • Patent number: 7244500
    Abstract: An active coating system capable of collecting, analyzing, managing and adapting to data and/or its environment in real time. An exemplary embodiment of our inventive active coating system is corrosion resistant and includes a flexible sensor layer, a switch layer and a visual display layer. Operationally, the flexible sensor layer senses particular environmental conditions and the visual display layer provides visual indication of the condition(s) sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Daniel J. Watts, Laura Battista, James Zunino, Nelson Colon, John Federici, Gordon Thomas, Hee C. Lim, Zafar Iqbal, Joseph Argento, Haim Grebel, Somenath Mitra, Yan Zhang
  • Patent number: 7240538
    Abstract: An apparatus for hydrotesting a hollow component includes a generally cylindrical main body having a bore therethrough that defines first and second open ends, the bore including a central axis; first and second end plates fixed to the main body for closing the first and second open ends, the first end plate including a vent port and a pressure port that open into the bore radially distal from the central axis, the second end plate including a vent port and a pressure port; an alignment disc disposed in the bore and fixed atop the second end plate, the alignment disc including a vent port and a pressure port that open into the bore radially proximal the central axis, the vent port and the pressure port of the alignment disc being in fluid communication with the vent port and the pressure port, respectively, of the second end plate; and a movable sealing cap disposed in an opening in the first plate and movable along the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert E. Steere, III, Michael Spielzinger, Vincent Gonsalves
  • Patent number: 7228779
    Abstract: An automatic primer feed mechanism for use with a carrier assembly of a large caliber artillery piece, which includes mechanical assemblies for automatic primer loading after full breech closure and allows for spent primer cartridges to be extracted before opening of the breech to maximize safety, thereby allowing the gun crew to perform artillery piece misfire, sticker and check fire operations before the breech is opened. The mechanism includes a body member that mounts the automatic feed mechanism to the carrier of the artillery piece so as to interface with the carrier to position the mechanism on one side of the breech of the artillery piece. The body member includes a cam surface member, which provides a path for movement of an injection arm member. The tray member has guide rails for engagement with the body, which slides in relation thereto. A magazine containing a plurality of primer cartridges, which inserts in a receiver channel located in the tray member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Stephen M. Van Dyke-Restifo, Lisa J. Madigan, Douglas F. Olcott, Dominick Scalise
  • Patent number: 7193556
    Abstract: A system for measuring a position and orientation of an object in flight relative to a reference coordinate system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Carlos M. Pereira, Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 7117626
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing a clearance between feed lips of an ammunition magazine includes a generally T-shaped member including a support portion and a measuring portion that is generally perpendicular to the support portion; the measuring portion including first and second surfaces, the first surface having a width that is less than the clearance between the feed lips and the second surface having a width that is greater than the clearance between the feed lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Ronny Alzamora, Adam Foltz
  • Patent number: 7069861
    Abstract: A microscale firetrain for a safe and arm device having a safe position and an armed position, the firetrain including an input explosive column having a longitudinal axis; a transfer charge having a longitudinal axis and first and second ends and movable from a safe position to an armed position; a receptor charge having a longitudinal axis that is non-collinear with and substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the input explosive column; wherein, in the safe position, the transfer charge is remote from both the input explosive column and the receptor charge; and wherein, in the armed position, the input explosive column is adjacent the first end of the transfer charge to thereby initiate the transfer charge, the longitudinal axis of the input explosive column is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the transfer charge, the second end of the transfer charge is adjacent the receptor charge to thereby initiate the receptor charge and the longitudinal axis of the receptor charge is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles H. Robinson, Robert H. Wood, Mark R. Gelak, David Hollingsworth