Patents Assigned to AAI Corporation
  • Patent number: 10337809
    Abstract: A magazine for storing cased telescoped (CT) cartridges. The magazine includes vertically extending side-wall ribs that project inwards into a loading channel. The side-wall ribs are positioned in alignment with a circumferential groove in each CT cartridge. The side-wall ribs prevent a backwards oriented CT cartridge from being pushed from the loading position through the loading channel into a body of the magazine. A moveable lip at the top of the magazine may move out of the way when the magazine is attached to a firearm, to allow the CT cartridge located in the loading position to be fed vertically out of the top of magazine. Each CT cartridge may include a thermal protective insert that provides thermal insulation from heat emanating from a barrel of a firearm when the CT cartridge is located in a chamber of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Shipley, Joshua Stephen Ruck, Benjamin Tyler Cole, Brandon Scott Recchia, Cameron Mehdi Brand, Gregory Paul Habiak
  • Patent number: 10044465
    Abstract: A technique for adaptively disrupting UAVs detects a target UAV using a camera, monitors the target UAV's communications using a directional antenna aligned with the camera, and attempts to communicate with the target UAV to request that it land, fly away, or return to launch. With the camera trained on the UAV, the directional antenna detects down-link signals from the UAV, which the UAV may employ to communicate with a ground-based controller. Control circuitry analyzes the down-link signals and generates a disrupting signal based thereon. The disrupting signal shares characteristics with the down-link signal, such as its protocol, bit rate, and/or packet length. The directional antenna transmits the disrupting signal back toward the UAV to affect the UAV's flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Adam Hetsko, John Bernard Kuhl, Robert Johns, David Barone
  • Patent number: 10012694
    Abstract: A technique for testing an electronic UUT by a test apparatus includes obtaining multiple DFTs of a test signal received from the UUT with the test apparatus configured differently for obtaining each DFT. The resulting DFTs include both valid content representing the test signal and invalid content introduced by the test apparatus. The improved technique suppresses the invalid content by generating a corrected DFT, which provides minimum magnitude values for corresponding frequencies relative to the test signal across the multiple DFTs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: James Joseph Jaklitsch, Jay Michael Markey
  • Patent number: 9957064
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform includes a stationary base constructed and arranged to reside over a fixed location on a surface (e.g., a ground location, a ship's deck, a trailer or other vehicle, etc.). The UAV platform further includes a set of UAV interfaces constructed and arranged to interface directly with a UAV (e.g., a launcher, a net apparatus, etc.). The UAV platform further includes a turntable assembly which couples to the stationary base. The turntable assembly is constructed and arranged to couple to each UAV interface and control angular direction of that UAV interface over the fixed location. A method of operating a UAV platform includes deploying the UAV platform over a fixed location, preparing a UAV interface on a turntable assembly of the UAV platform, and rotating the turntable to control angular direction of the UAV interface over the fixed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Miller, Zachary J. Smith, Peter J. Helman
  • Patent number: 9881709
    Abstract: A technique that uses a thermoelectric generator for generating electrical power employs a safe, initially dormant, stable, non-radioactive fuel sample which is activated on-demand by a neutron source to initiate and control activation of the fuel sample. The technique allows thermoelectric generators to be fully assembled and stored for extended periods of time before they are deployed for use, and then activated on demand only when the need arises for them to generate power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney B. Beach, Robert J. Neugebauer
  • Patent number: 9862505
    Abstract: A technique is directed to launching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The technique involves positioning a UAV launcher over a ground location. The technique further involves installing, after the UAV launcher is positioned over the ground location and prior to launching the UAV, an anchor into the ground location to anchor the UAV launcher to the ground location. The technique further involves operating, after the UAV launcher is anchored to the ground location, the UAV launcher to impart launching force onto the UAV to launch the UAV, the anchor holding the UAV launcher substantially in place at the ground location to minimize energy loss as the UAV launcher imparts launching force onto the UAV. In some arrangements, the UAV launcher is capable of pivoting while remaining anchored between launches to accommodate changes in wind direction while maintaining substantial connection to the ground location for enhanced consistency and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Jason J. Wallace, Paul Nesline, Richard C. Uskert, Samuel Padilla
  • Patent number: 9858798
    Abstract: A command and control system is provided which links users and platforms in real time and with touch screen ease, delivering a highly intuitive, integrated user experience with minimal infrastructure. Capitalizing on a cloud based architecture, from the cloud, to the touch table, to a hand held device, the command and control system creates seamless connections between sensors, leaders and users for up-to-the-minute information clarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Ellsworth, Chad Chauffe, Johann Nguyen, Anthony Neis
  • Patent number: 9731811
    Abstract: A UAV includes a body. The body defines a payload opening 14. The payload opening is circular, but any shape may be used. A payload of the UAV is arranged in the payload opening. The payload may be a camera, sensors, a package, etc. A payload shroud may be installed which prohibits or reduced ingress of foreign material via payload opening. A payload shroud may include a diverter. The diverter may act as a barrier wall preventing the water or debris from entering the body of the UAV. The diverter should fit flush with the payload opening in the body of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Monica Atzert, Jason Wallace, Robert Hurn, Doug Deardorff, Terry Zeleny
  • Patent number: 9694909
    Abstract: A modular mounting structure is described which allows for the easy installation and removal of various payloads from a vehicle structure. An embedded electrical bus feature further supports the installation of the various payloads into the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Uskert, Paul Nesline
  • Patent number: 9688255
    Abstract: A technique involves operating a vehicle. The technique includes receiving, by processing circuitry, an accelerometer signal from an accelerometer. The technique further includes processing, by the processing circuitry, the accelerometer signal to determine whether the vehicle is currently experiencing tire skid. The technique further includes controlling, by the processing circuitry, the vehicle based on whether the vehicle is currently experiencing tire skid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Anne Marie Trapp, Brandon Reid Hall
  • Patent number: 9688415
    Abstract: An aircraft hybrid fuel system includes a main tank and a set of flexible bladders, the main tank and the set of flexible bladders defining a fuel containment space. The system further includes a set of pathways coupling the set of flexible bladders to the main tank. The set of pathways is constructed and arranged to vent gas out of the set of flexible bladders into the main tank while fuel from a fuel source is provided into the fuel containment space defined by the main tank and the set of flexible bladders. Along these lines, each flexible bladder can be provisioned with a fuel port to provide fuel, and a separate vent port to vent gas to the main tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: Brandon R. Hall
  • Patent number: 9611054
    Abstract: A technique is directed to launching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The technique involves attaching a UAV launcher to a hand-held weapon, and installing a UAV onto the UAV launcher while the UAV launcher is attached to the hand-held weapon. The technique further involves activating the hand-held weapon to launch the UAV into flight from the UAV launcher. Since a user already may be carrying the hand-held weapon for firing ammunition, the user simply needs to further carry the UAV launcher and the UAV which, in some situations, can be packaged into an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack, a carrying case, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander D. Manasseh
  • Patent number: 9529704
    Abstract: A parser may be graphically modified without needing to directly alter the parser software and may be graphically modified to adjust for extensibility of the source test program language. The parser may be graphically modify to adjust for extensibility of the destination test program language and to translate a new text based test program language not inherently built into the parser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Waldon, William Williams, Olivia Schultz
  • Patent number: 9394812
    Abstract: Techniques involve attenuating noise from engine exhaust from an engine. For example, an apparatus includes a first tube having an input end which receives the engine exhaust from the engine, and an output end which outputs the engine exhaust. The apparatus further includes a second tube which encircles the output end of the first tube. The second tube has an exhaust end through which the engine exhaust outputted by the output end of the first tube is allowed to escape, and a resonator end which is opposite the exhaust end. The apparatus further includes a reverse resonator disposed at the resonator end of the second tube. The reverse resonator defines a reverse resonator chamber and a reverse resonator chamber diameter which is larger than a second tube diameter defined by the second tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Niall B. McNelis, Rodney Beach, Bradley Waltemyer, Ryan Cardone
  • Patent number: 9376953
    Abstract: A cooling air bypass prevents premature failure of an engine in the event that cooling air from an external blower is somehow obstructed or shut off. The cooling air bypass includes a normally-closed valve in a wall of a conduit. During proper operation of the blower, the conduit conducts cooling air from the blower to the engine. If the blower malfunctions, however, such that airflow from the blower is impeded or stops, the valve opens to provide an auxiliary airflow path through the valve in the wall of the conduit and into the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: Brandon R. Hall
  • Patent number: 9354103
    Abstract: A level sensing device is disclosed that provides a lightweight but robust design and incorporates the use of an LVDT to determine the level of a fluid in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Uskert
  • Publication number: 20160137313
    Abstract: A technique is directed to launching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The technique involves positioning a UAV launcher over a ground location. The technique further involves installing, after the UAV launcher is positioned over the ground location and prior to launching the UAV, an anchor into the ground location to anchor the UAV launcher to the ground location. The technique further involves operating, after the UAV launcher is anchored to the ground location, the UAV launcher to impart launching force onto the UAV to launch the UAV, the anchor holding the UAV launcher substantially in place at the ground location to minimize energy loss as the UAV launcher imparts launching force onto the UAV. In some arrangements, the UAV launcher is capable of pivoting while remaining anchored between launches to accommodate changes in wind direction while maintaining substantial connection to the ground location for enhanced consistency and performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicant: AAI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason J. Wallace, Paul Nesline, Richard C. Uskert, Samuel Padilla
  • Patent number: 9323236
    Abstract: A fuzzy logic controller for controlling towed objects includes comprises a winch controller to control extension or retraction of a tow cable based on a control signal. A fuzzy logic controller controls a speed at which the tow cable is extended or retracted. The fuzzy logic controller includes an altitude controller storing a membership function defining ranges for a delta altitude variable and determines an altitude control signal based on the range for the measured delta altitude variable. A gain controller stores respective membership functions defining ranges for speed, heading rate, and cable length variables and determines a gain control signal based on the ranges for the determined speed, heading rate, and cable length variables. A command controller determines the control signal based on the gain control signal and the altitude control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Hewit Plough
  • Patent number: 9308994
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for attachment of a payload or store to the external surface of an aerial vehicle includes a single point release feature. The apparatus includes an elongated base having a first distal end and a second distal end. A retention receptacle including a hollow tube is disposed adjacent the first distal end and is configured to removably receive and retain the store or payload. In addition, a release receptacle housing a release mechanism assembly is disposed adjacent said second distal end. When the release mechanism assembly is in the closed and locked position, the store or payload is retained to the vehicle via a spring loaded lock pin advanced into the retention receptacle. When the release mechanism assembly is in the open and unlocked position, the store or payload may be disengaged from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Uskert, Keith A. Lease
  • Patent number: 9284043
    Abstract: A technique is directed to operating a UAV. The technique involves launching (or guiding) the UAV into flight. The technique further involves performing a series of aileron (or other control surface) deflection evaluations while the UAV is in flight. The technique further involves performing a UAV remedial operation in response to the series of aileron deflection evaluations indicating abnormal aileron behavior, e.g., the UAV can send a warning message to a ground control station (GCS), land the UAV at a target location, deploy a chute, and so on. Such operation enables detection of an unexpected change in the UAV's center of gravity, e.g., due to a blocked fuel bladder connection, icing on one side of the UAV, mechanical failure of an aileron, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Barbour