Patents Assigned to MBDA UK Limited
  • Publication number: 20210364883
    Abstract: An imaging device and a method of imaging are disclosed. The device includes an array of liquid crystal cells, each providing a phase shift to electromagnetic radiation passing through the cell; control electronics for controlling the phase shifts provided by each of the liquid crystal cells; a detector; and an image processor for generating an image from electromagnetic radiation detected by the detector. The array of cells form a plurality of patches; and the control electronics is configured to control the phase shifts of the cells of each patch to form each patch into a respective lens that focuses electromagnetic radiation towards the detector such that the patches form an array of lenses. A method of imaging is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Antony Joseph Frank Lowe
  • Patent number: 11122689
    Abstract: A circuit assembly (200) is disclosed comprising a substrate (210) and conducting layers (250) on opposing sides of the substrate (210), there being at least one via (220) through the substrate (210), which via (220) forms a conductive path between the conducting layers, wherein the substrate (210) is a foam substrate, and wherein the via (220) is provided with a solid dielectric lining (270) plated with a conducting material (250).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Adam Armitage, Thomas James Heaton
  • Patent number: 11105914
    Abstract: Monopulse radar apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a digital processor and an antenna having a plurality of receive channels through which signals received by the antenna are passed to the processor. Each receive channel includes an analogue to digital converter, and the processor is arranged to calculate sum and difference signals from the signals received through each receive channel. The processor is also arranged such that, in the event that a malfunction is detected in one of the plurality of receive channels, compensated sum and difference signals are calculated by the processor using the signals from the remaining, functioning receive channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Tamara Louise Sheret
  • Patent number: 11029130
    Abstract: A mission planning method for use with a weapon is disclosed. The method comprises: obtaining a first training data set describing the performance of the weapon; using the first training data set and a Gaussian Process (GP) or Neural Network to obtain a first surrogate model giving a functional approximation of the performance of the weapon; and providing the first surrogate model to a weapons system for use in calculating a performance characteristic of the weapon during combat operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Gareth Stanley Rees, Andrew Philip Walls, Alex Martin Robinson, Stephen Vincent Sargent, Nathan Rees Potter, Leigh Moody
  • Publication number: 20210163145
    Abstract: A cover for an intake of an air-breathing engine in a missile is disclosed. The cover comprises a motive arrangement operable to move from a first configuration in which the cover is lockable to a missile, to a second configuration in which the cover is pushed outwardly from the missile. In the first configuration, the surface of the cover is flush with the surface of the missile and the motive arrangement is located inwardly of the cover surface. A missile provided with such a cover is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Anthony James HOWARTH
  • Patent number: 10928192
    Abstract: An interferometric position sensor for sensing the position of an object is disclosed. The position sensor comprises a light source arranged to emit light, a beam splitter, and a detector array. The beam splitter is arranged to split the light between first and second optical paths, which are configured such that the split light is recombined so as to form an optical interference pattern dependent on the difference between the optical path lengths of the first and second optical paths. The detector array is arranged to measure the intensity of at least a part of the optical interference pattern. At least one of the first and second optical path lengths is arranged to be dependent on the position of the object, such that changes in the optical interference pattern can be related to changes in the position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Ross Matthew Williams, Christopher Ralph Carter
  • Publication number: 20200315020
    Abstract: A circuit assembly (200) is disclosed comprising a substrate (210) and conducting layers (250) on opposing sides of the substrate (210), there being at least one via (220) through the substrate (210), which via (220) forms a conductive path between the conducting layers, wherein the substrate (210) is a foam substrate, and wherein the via (220) is provided with a solid dielectric lining (270) plated with a conducting material (250).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Adam ARMITAGE, Thomas James HEATON
  • Patent number: 10774785
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thrust flow powered vehicle comprising a first thrust flow expeller for expelling a first thrust flow in a first direction, a second thrust flow expeller for expelling a second thrust flow in a second direction, the second direction being a different direction to the first direction but sharing a plane with the first direction, a thrust flow deflector surface at an angle to the plane of the first and second directions, and an outlet portion for providing an output thrust flow, such that, in use, the thrust flow deflector surface deflects at least a portion of both the first and second thrust flows to form the output thrust flow such that the output thrust flow has a component in the plane of the first and second directions, and a component out of that plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Ross William Poulton, Daemon Lee, Mohammad Azad Hussain, Anthony Machell
  • Patent number: 10753708
    Abstract: A method of targeting a missile. A plurality of images of a target, taken from a plurality of viewpoints, are received. Features in the images characteristic of the target are identified. Data representing the characteristic features are provided to the missile to enable the missile to identify, using the characteristic features, the target in images of the environment of the missile obtained from an imager included in the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventor: Andrew James Naftel
  • Publication number: 20200208945
    Abstract: A mission planning method for use with a weapon is disclosed. The method comprises: obtaining a first training data set describing the performance of the weapon; using the first training data set and a Gaussian Process (GP) or Neural Network to obtain a first surrogate model giving a functional approximation of the performance of the weapon; and providing the first surrogate model to a weapons system for use in calculating a performance characteristic of the weapon during combat operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Gareth Stanley REES, Andrew Philip WALLS, Alex Martin ROBINSON, Stephen Vincent SARGENT, Nathan Rees POTTER, Leigh MOODY
  • Publication number: 20200141318
    Abstract: A cover for an intake of an air-breathing engine in a missile is disclosed. The cover comprises a closure for closing the inlet so as to prevent ingress of debris; and a fastening attachable to an aircraft-mounted launcher and configured such that the cover remains attached to the aircraft on launch of the missile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Anthony James HOWARTH
  • Publication number: 20200136434
    Abstract: An inductive power transfer system (1) for coupling a power source to a load across an air gap (11) is disclosed. The system (1) comprises a primary unit (3) associated with a host platform and a secondary unit (5) arranged to receive power transmitted inductively from the primary unit (3). The primary unit (3) includes a phase detection circuit (21) configured to detect phase changes in a signal in the primary unit (3) indicative of changes in an operating condition within the secondary unit (5), and a drive circuit (17). The drive circuit (17) is configured to adjust the power level transmitted to the secondary unit (5) depending on the detected phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Howard Mallory LEEKS
  • Patent number: 10584075
    Abstract: A composite reactive material for use in a munition is disclosed. The composite reactive material comprises a metal lattice structure having interstitial spaces and a powder in the interstitial spaces. The powder comprises at least one metal powder and/or at least one halogen-containing polymer powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Terence Alan Ackerman, David Robert Crofts, Kiran Gulia, Moataz Mohammad Mahmoud Attallah, Jack Robert Harry Mellor
  • Patent number: 10556831
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing ceramic matrix composite objects is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing first and second substantially two dimensional arrangements of one or more fiber plies, and machining the first and second arrangements to predetermined configurations to form first and second preforms. The second preform is made to conform to a surface of the first preform such that at least some of the fibers of the second preform are orientated at least partially in a plane outside that defined by the fibers of the first preform, and fixed to the first preform to form a combined first and second preform. The combined first and second preform is rigidized. Ceramic matrix composite objects manufactured by this method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Terence Ackerman, Christopher Peter Pickford
  • Patent number: 10502528
    Abstract: A target designator for a guided weapon is disclosed. The designator has a sight arranged to display, in operation, a reticule superimposed upon a field of view. The reticule is moveable within the field of view. The designator further comprises an eye tracker operable to track the gaze of the operator whilst the operator uses the sight. The eye tracker communicates with the sight such that the reticule moves so as to be aligned with the direction of the gaze of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Gordon James Hart, Nathan Rees Potter, Christopher James Vance, Kerry Benjamin Tatlock, James Andrew Hicks, James Alexander Donald Hinshelwood
  • Patent number: 10495412
    Abstract: In a method of carrying a munition on a munition launcher platform, the munition launcher platform is provided with a data tag activator and a data tag reader. A munition is attached to the munition launcher platform, the munition being provided with a data tag. An activation signal is transmitted from the data tag activator to the data tag. As a result of receiving the activation signal, the data tag returns a data response to the data tag reader. The receiving of the data response provides the munition launcher platform with an indication that the munition is still attached to the munition launcher platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Edwin John William Bowden-Peters
  • Patent number: 10479478
    Abstract: A morphing skin for an air vehicle structure, the skin being formed by a composite material which includes: a multiplicity of fibers, a matrix incorporating the fibers, and a thermo-sensitive material, such as a thermo-plastic. The thermo-sensitive material can be reversibly transitionable in response to a change in temperature, between (i) an ambient temperature mode in which the thermo-sensitive material is capable of transferring loads in the composite material, and (ii) a heated mode in which the ability of the thermo-sensitive material to transfer the loads is reduced. This can allow the stiffness of the skin to be temporarily reduced to enable the skin to be morphed into a different shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: MBDA UK Limited, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    Inventors: Mohammed Azad Hussain, Anthony Machell, Paul Robinson, Henry Alexander Maples, Charnwit Tridech, Alexander Bismarck
  • Patent number: 10442534
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a weapons bay, the weapons bay comprising a cavity having an opening through which stores may be deployed, and a door assembly for exposing/closing the opening of the cavity. A first store is held in the cavity via a launcher and a first structure is disposed inside the cavity, for controlling the aero-acoustic environment. The first structure for controlling the aero-acoustic environment is removeably mounted in the weapons bay, such that if the first store is exchanged for a second, different, store, the structure for controlling the aero-acoustic environment may be unmounted from the weapons bay and removed, to be exchanged for a second, different, structure for controlling the aero-acoustic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Nigel John Taylor, Benjamin James Newby
  • Publication number: 20190257645
    Abstract: An interferometric position sensor for sensing the position of an object is disclosed. The position sensor comprises a light source arranged to emit light, a beam splitter, and a detector array. The beam splitter is arranged to split the light between first and second optical paths, which are configured such that the split light is recombined so as to form an optical interference pattern dependent on the difference between the optical path lengths of the first and second optical paths. The detector array is arranged to measure the intensity of at least a part of the optical interference pattern. At least one of the first and second optical path lengths is arranged to be dependent on the position of the object, such that changes in the optical interference pattern can be related to changes in the position of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Ross Matthew WILLIAMS, Christopher Ralph CARTER
  • Patent number: 10254411
    Abstract: A ground-based source of a jamming signal capable of disrupting a GNSS satellite-based navigation system, for example a GPS jammer, is located with a detector carried by a suitable platform, for example an airborne UAV or missile. The detector, when the platform is at a first location, measures a characteristic of the jamming signal. The platform and its detector are then moved to a chosen second location, from which a further measurement of the jamming signal is made. The measurements made by the detector are then used to determine the location of the source of the jamming signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MBDA UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin Aaron Littlefield, Timothy Whitworth, Yeqiu Ying, Graham Patrick Wallis, Mark Dumville