Patents Assigned to Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9892489
    Abstract: An apparatus provides a virtual display in an environment for various applications including avionic, naval, military, remote control, medical and other applications. The apparatus includes a camera and a processor system. The processor system for provides the virtual display using an orientation of the head sensed from a camera image. The camera image includes a marker image associated with a fixed marker disposed in the environment. The virtual display includes a virtual panel and an image panel from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Roggendorf, Stephen E. Tyson, Steven C. Bouchett
  • Patent number: 9891705
    Abstract: A system and method for automatic boresighting of a head-tracking system for a HWD or HUD accesses georeferenced pose (position/orientation) data of an aircraft or other mobile platform from a georeferenced head-tracker and platform-referenced head pose data (based on fiducial markers within the aircraft cockpit) from the inertial measurement units of an optical, magnetic, or optical/magnetic platform-referenced head tracker (PRHT) and determines misalignments of the PRHT relative to the boresighted inertial reference system (IRS) of the aircraft. Based on the determined misalignments and accessed data, the IMUs of the PRHT may be updated and aligned with the aircraft boresight. Misalignments of head-mounted fiducial markers with the boresighted IRS may be determined for updating the alignment of an optical head-tracker fixed relative to the aircraft cockpit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston J. Lahr, William T. Kirchner, David I. Han
  • Patent number: 9891978
    Abstract: A system and method may ensure certified operation of a safety-critical avionics system incorporating a multi-core processor (MCP) aboard an aircraft via external architectural mitigation. A redundant processing element (RPE) may be associated with a processing core of the MCP and with safety-critical applications configured to execute on the core. The critical applications generate critical results based on sensed critical data parameters and pass the parameters and results to an external system monitor. The system monitor performs fault detection external to the original core by comparing the critical results and the critical data parameters and notifies the associated critical application if a fault is detected. The associated critical application may then log the fault to a fault history, reset an associated sensor, or notify the crew of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Mark Fejfar, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9892479
    Abstract: A system for monitoring graphics processing units, including an image merge element; a database memory, operatively connected to the image merge element; and, a comparator element. The image merge element is configured to: i) receive visible image data from a graphics processing unit (GPU); ii) extract a symbol identifier; iii) receive a mask; and, iv) calculate a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) of a masked portion of the visible image data corresponding to the mask. The database memory is operatively connected to the image merge element. The database memory includes: a mask database including lookup tables of masks for defined areas of the visible image data indexed by the extracted symbol identifier; and, a CRC signature database including a table of valid CRCs for the image data indexed by the extracted symbol identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC
    Inventor: James S. Pruitt
  • Patent number: 9887768
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for tactical spectrum harvesting via a cognitive communication device. The method may include monitoring a wireless communication frequency spectrum. The method may further include detecting active net communication transmissions. The active net communication transmissions may be transmitted via the monitored communication frequency spectrum by a plurality of active transmitting nets. The method may further include determining an identity of/identifying at least one active transmitting net included in the plurality of active transmitting nets. The method may further include synchronizing an internal time reference of the cognitive communication device with a time reference(s) of the identified active transmitting net(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John Thommana, Lizy Paul, Roy C. Moore, Neil R. Coonrod
  • Patent number: 9886040
    Abstract: Systems and methods can be utilized to align or provide targeting for a platform. One alignment system and method can receive first electronic data indicative of attitude of the platform and can receive second electronic data related to a position on the platform. The alignment system and method can provide third electronic data indicative of an adjusted attitude of the platform in response to the first electronic data and a slope vector or terrain data. The targeting system and method can use position differencing between a platform and a remote observer to aim at a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9888303
    Abstract: A method and related system for linearizing a photonic ADC sampling system of an ELINT receiver includes modulating optical pulse trains of varied pulse amplitudes based on a generated ramped-voltage calibration signal. The modulated pulse trains are demodulated into I/Q components to generate signal constellations. Equivoltage radials are defined by points of the signal constellations sharing a common calibration voltage and a common phase angle of the modulator. A lookup table is generated by mapping the signal constellations and equivoltage radials to a coordinate system to determine, for each coordinate bin, a corresponding pulse amplitude and phase angle. The generated lookup table may be used to correct nonlinear distortions in recovered output signals, preserving high-ENOB performance and increasing the dynamic range of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim S. Jepsen, Wenlu Chen, Raymond Zanoni, Mark A. Laliberte, Oliver S. King
  • Patent number: 9883348
    Abstract: A system and related method for navigation and orientation determination in an indoor or GPS-denied environment mounts a static reference transceiver (SRT) at a known, fixed position within the environment, the fixed position referenced by a coordinate reference frame (CRF) of the SRT. The SRT communicates its position to mobile dismounted units within the environment, determining a range and orientation angle of each mobile unit relative to the SRT CRF based on response signals received from the mobile units. The SRT provides the determined SRT-CRF-referenced ranges and orientation angles to the mobile units, which may share orientation data with each other or relay the SRT-referenced location data to other mobile units not within line of sight of the SRT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad A. Walker, Steven E. Koenck, Gary A. McGraw
  • Publication number: 20180022457
    Abstract: A contoured class divider for dividing an aircraft cabin includes a panel positioned between an aft seat and a forward seat, the panel having a convex contour closely matching an aft-facing contour of a seatback of the forward seat and configured to enhance space utilization. The contoured class divider may include multiple panel portions that are coupled together and articulate relative to one another. The contoured class divider may include an articulation system to articulate the panel portions with respect to one another from a first position (normal operation) to a second position (emergency landing). The contoured class divider may provide up to an additional 12 inches of space which can be used to reduce seat pitch (and thereby enhance passenger comfort) or increase the number of rows of seats on a given aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Papke, Shawn Caflin, Jefferey McKee, Trevor Skelly, Mario Diliani
  • Patent number: 9874931
    Abstract: A head-tracking system includes a georeferenced head tracker (GHT) configured to provide georeferenced head position data, and a platform-referenced head-tracker (PRHT) configured to provide platform-referenced head position data. A controller is coupled with the GHT and the PRHT, and configured to be coupled with an avionic system configured to provide georeferenced aircraft position data. The controller includes a processor configured to access the georeferenced head position data, compare a current drift error of the GHT with a predetermined error threshold. When the current drift error is below the threshold, the processor transmits a signal indicative of the georeferenced head position data being a current georeferenced head position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Bobby D. Foote
  • Patent number: 9870712
    Abstract: A system and method may provide a real time alternative flight selection based on threat mitigation along a currently planned path at a specific time. The system and method may receive threat information associated with a specific path and compare the threat information to each leg of the path to determine if a threat may exist during that specific leg. Should a threat exist, the method may propose an alternate estimated time of departure (ETD) to mitigate the future threat. Should the alternate ETD be insufficient to mitigate the threat, the method may further propose an alternate lateral and vertical path at the original or modified ETD to successfully mitigate the threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Shimon Weichbrod
  • Patent number: 9869766
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a weather radar system are provided. A system for controlling a weather radar system includes a communications system including a transmitter-receiver and a processor. The transmitter-receiver is configured to receive first weather data from an external location. The first weather data includes a first weather condition, a location of the first weather condition, and a time of sensing the first weather condition. The processor includes a control module coupled with the communications system and configured to determine a point of interest based on the first weather data; acquire, by controlling an onboard weather radar system, second weather data at the point of interest; provide data representative of weather near the point of interest based at least in part on the second weather data; and transmit, by the transmitter-receiver, the data representative of weather near the point of interest to an external weather radar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Arlen E. Breiholz, Kevin M. Kronfeld, Venkata A. Sishtla
  • Patent number: 9870603
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring integrity of image sensing devices are disclosed. The method may include: obtaining a characterized noise pattern of an image sensing device; determining whether an image generated by the image sensing device is misaligned with an actual scene based on the characterized noise pattern of the image sensing device; in response to the image being determined to be misaligned with the actual scene, discarding or re-aligning the image; and in response to the image being determined to be aligned with the actual scene, presenting the image to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter H. Bold, Weston J. Lahr, Jared R. Prink, Nathaniel S. Kowash, Robert B. Wood
  • Patent number: 9866822
    Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) displays and methods for controlling the displays are disclosed. A display may include an n-layered 3D column, wherein each i-th layer of the n-layered 3D column includes a group of at least one illuminable element uniquely positioned within the n-layered 3D column. The display may also include a 2D macro-pixel configured to control a depth of illumination within the n-layered 3D column. The macro-pixel may include n-number of control groups, and each i-th control group of the n-number of control groups may include at least one individual pixel uniquely positioned to selectively provide at least one directional beam toward the group of at least one illuminable element positioned in the i-th layer of the n-layered 3D column, thereby allowing the macro-pixel to control the depth of illumination within the n-layered 3D column by selectively engaging at least one of the n-number of control groups of the macro-pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9863450
    Abstract: A hydro-mechanical device for providing tactile feel curve shaping, including: a housing; a fluid displacing element; and, a preloaded flow regulating assembly operatively connected to the housing. The housing has a working fluid chamber formed therein, the working fluid chamber containing working fluid. The fluid displacing element is positioned within the working fluid chamber. The fluid displacing element divides the working fluid chamber into at least two cavities upon which fluid is transferred upon movement of the fluid displacing element. The flow of the working fluid is controlled through the preloaded flow regulating assembly in accordance with a custom force profile combining a controlled velocity dependent force component and a controlled resisting force component which opposes an applied force at a controlled maximum threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Koschel, Ryan D. Fleming, Andrew M. Wright, Paul D. March, Ryan P. Dermawan
  • Patent number: 9864055
    Abstract: The hazard warning system that included processing system for detecting a high altitude ice crystal (HAIC) or HAIC cloud (HAIC2) condition. The aircraft warning system can use an inferred detected process or a non-inferred detection process. Warnings of high altitude ice crystal conditions can allow an aircraft to avoid threats posed by HAIC or HAIC2 conditions including damage to aircraft equipment and engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata A. Sishtla, Roy E. Robertson, Roger A. Dana, Kevin M. Kronfeld, Gregory J. Koenigs, Jeffery A. Finley
  • Patent number: 9865937
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a radiating element containment and ground plane structure. The method includes positioning post components, wherein each of the post components has at least one channel. The method further includes positioning a ground plane component including insertion slots and post attachment points. The method also includes attaching the post components to the ground plane component such that each post component is electrically grounded to the ground plane component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah D. Wolf, James B. West, Anna C. Kern
  • Patent number: 9864917
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for capturing avionics data are disclosed. The avionics data capturing system could include an indicating device(s), image capturing device(s), a processing unit (PU), and a user system(s). The PU may acquire image data captured by the image capturing device(s) such as a camera sensor and/or infrared sensor, where the image data may be representative of an image of an object image(s) of a vehicle component(s) being viewed by an occupant located in the vehicle; classify the object image(s) as a function of a contextual image classification algorithm; determine a location for each classified object image as a function of the classified reference scale image(s); generate output data representative of each classified object image; and provide the output data to the user system(s). When received, a user(s) of the user system(s) may be presented with information regarding the component(s) being viewed by the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Kronfeld, Roberto N. Cormack, Matthew Michael Lorch
  • Patent number: 9865982
    Abstract: A mode-locked laser has optical components integrated into a single apparatus and interrelated via optical free-space coupling. The laser optical cavity path is reduced to less than ten meters, primarily composed of optical gain fiber. A Fabry-Perot filter is matched to the laser pulse repetition frequency. Utilizing a Fabry-Perot filter within the laser optical cavity suppresses supermode spurs in the phase noise spectrum; thereby reducing total timing jitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Cullen, Mark A. Laliberte, Raymond Zanoni
  • Patent number: 9858824
    Abstract: A system for determining a flight plan based on internet connectivity includes at least one processor coupled with a non-transitory processor-readable medium storing processor-executable code for causing the at least one processor to receive internet connectivity data for a plurality of airspace regions, where the internet connectivity data is indicative of an internet connectivity characteristic; and determine a flight plan for an aircraft through at least one region of the plurality of airspace regions based on the internet connectivity characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Zogg, Steven D. Acheson, Kevin M. Kronfeld, Jaclyn A. Hoke, Kevin J. Delaney, David J. Weiler