Patents Assigned to Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11960644
    Abstract: A system and method for inferring operator intent by detecting operator focus incorporates cameras positioned within a cockpit or control space of a vehicle and oriented at an operator of the vehicle. The cameras capture images of the operator in a control seat; the images are analyzed (either individually or sequentially) to determine a gaze and/or body pose of the operator (including, e.g., a position and orientation of the torso and limbs). By comparing the determined gaze and/or body pose to the positions and orientations of potential focus targets within the control space (e.g., windows, display units, and/or control panels that the operator may engage with visually and/or physically), the system predicts the most likely future focus target or targets: what the operator is most likely to visually and/or physically engage with next. Operator intent may be further analyzed to identify potentially abnormal or anomalous behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Peggy Wu, Ahmad F. Osman
  • Patent number: 11954770
    Abstract: A system may include a computer readable medium and a processor communicatively coupled to the computer readable medium. The processor may be configured to: obtain a graphical image file, the graphical image file including an image, wherein the image includes a portion including textual characters, wherein each textual character of the textual characters is formed of line segments; and convert the graphical image file to at least one file including hardware directives that when executed cause a recreation of the image of the graphical image file to be drawn, wherein a size of the at least one file is smaller than the graphical image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff M. Henry, Reed A. Kovach, Todd E. Miller, Jason L. Wong
  • Patent number: 11953921
    Abstract: A system may include a user interface and a processor. The processor may be configured to (a) pre-arm multiple actions according to a conditional timeline and any associated trigger events, and (b) output commands to cause the multiple actions to be completed at times consistent with the conditional timeline and any associated trigger events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 11953581
    Abstract: A radar system receives threat relevant data with pulses sufficiently separated to provide sufficient long-range imaging, analyzes the return data to identify features of the threat, and generate a second set of pulses to acquire more detailed, higher granularity data specific to the threat. The system may include an ESA that is configured for pulses in a higher frequency to acquire higher resolution data specific to the threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob G. Teague, Venkata A. Sishtla
  • Patent number: 11953617
    Abstract: A system and method for a multi-panel multi-function active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar operation receives radar commands from individual aircraft systems and segments a plurality of AESA panels fixed (at variable azimuth/elevation about the aircraft) into a plurality of subarrays to carry out each individual function commanded by the individual aircraft system. Dependent on aircraft status and phase of flight, the and individual AESA are designated for use and the subarrays are sized based on desired radar function at the specific phase of flight and specific threat associated with the phase. The system dynamically shifts the designated AESA, subarray size, beam characteristics, power settings, and function to enable multiple simultaneous function of the suite of AESA panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob G. Teague, Venkata A. Sishtla, Jiwon L Moran, James B. West
  • Publication number: 20240109661
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a biomedically actuated occupant restraint system includes an occupant restraint system for a vehicle, the occupant restraint system having a locked position and an unlocked position. The biomedically actuated occupant restraint system further includes an occupant monitoring system operably connected to the occupant restraint system, the occupant monitoring system configured for monitoring a plurality of physiological conditions of an occupant of the vehicle. The occupant monitoring system includes a biometric sensor module including a plurality of physiological sensors configured for measuring a plurality of physiological conditions of the occupant and asserting a plurality of sensor signals, and a controller configured to receive the plurality of sensor signals and determine whether the occupant is incapacitated. The controller being configured to send a command to lock the occupant restraint system in response to determining the occupant is incapacitated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Steve A. Holstine, Ken Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11948466
    Abstract: A system and method for automation of flight functions across an aircraft cockpit provides an open systems architecture to meet next generation mission capabilities for increased aircrew effectiveness. A mission reasoner (MR) receives inputs from a vehicle health system, mission phase analysis, and external assets (wingmen) to build a decision network based on a knowledge database providing a decision aid to automate flight functions across the cockpit. The MR reduces crew workload by providing an automated decision aid and increased situational awareness of own ship aircraft and cooperating nearby vehicle health status relating to a phase of mission success. The MR provides predictive decisions and alternative actions to complete one or more desired mission objectives and determines predictive maintenance and future failures to optimize condition-based maintenance and reduce cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela N. Dunlay, Matthew M. Lorch, Subhashish Chakravarty, Jaclyn A Hoke, Bernard Dion
  • Patent number: 11947043
    Abstract: A system may include an optical phased array, a photodiode array, and a radiofrequency (RF) antenna element array. The optical phased array may be configured to: receive a laser signal from a signal laser; and output an optical beam. Each photodiode may be configured to: receive at least a portion of the optical beam and at least a portion of an optical plane wave beam, wherein the optical plane wave beam is formed based at least on a local oscillator (LO) laser that outputs a laser beam having a different wavelength from the signal laser; and output an electronic signal based on the at least the portion of the optical beam and the at least a portion of the optical plane wave beam. The RF antenna element array may be configured to output an RF beam based on received electronic signals from the photodiode array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver S. King, Ronald D. Esman
  • Patent number: 11948855
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) package comprises a substrate having an outer portion close to the perimeter of the substrate, an inner portion surrounded by the outer portion, and an upper surface incorporating a wiring layer for the bonding of a semiconducting die (e.g., via its bottom face). The IC package includes a metallic or otherwise thermally conductive heat spreader thermally bonded on an inner surface of a boss on its bottom side to the top surface of the semiconducting die, and extending on its top surface to the edges of the substrate to maximize heat dissipation from the die. The boss extends toward the semiconducting die and is thermally coupled to the top face of the semiconducting die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret W. Simon, Jacob R. Mauermann, Mark T. Dimke, Kaitlyn M. Fisher
  • Patent number: 11942738
    Abstract: A structural connector system for providing an electrical connection between electronic componentry is disclosed. The structural connector system includes a structural member, including an electrically insulating matrix, an electrically conducting path, a first end surface, a second end surface, and a first component engaging surface. The first component engaging surface includes a first mechanical coupler configured to mechanically couple a first electronic component or a first chassis component to the structural member and a first electrical coupler configured to electrically couple the first electronic component or the first chassis component to a first end of the electrically conducting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross K. Wilcoxon, Russell C. Tawney, Reginald D. Bean, Peter M. Sahayda
  • Patent number: 11940527
    Abstract: A synthetic visual system for an aircraft may comprise: a camera in electronic communication with a controller; a radar system in electronic communication with the controller; a three-dimensional cockpit display in electronic communication with the controller via a synthetic weather system; and a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the controller. The three-dimensional cockpit display may be configured to display a three-dimensional weather image based on correlated data between the radar system and the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Shivashankar Maddanimath Veerayya, Vinay S. Huddar
  • Patent number: 11933890
    Abstract: An aircraft hazard warning system or method can be utilized to determine a location of turbulence, hail or other hazard for an aircraft. The aircraft hazard warning system can utilize processing electronics coupled to an antenna. The processing electronics can determine an inferred presence of a weather condition in response to lightning sensor data, radar reflectivity data, turbulence data, geographic location data, vertical structure analysis data, and/or temperature data. The system can include a display for showing the weather condition and its location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Woodell, Jeffery A. Finley, Gregory J. Koenigs, John G. Conkling
  • Patent number: 11929798
    Abstract: A receiver system for correlating one or more signals (beam patterns) is disclosed. One or more antenna elements are configured to receive the signals. A controller generates correlator outputs based on a first set of duplicated signals, generates a first set of beams based on the one or more correlator outputs using a first beamforming module, generates a second set of beams based on a second set of duplicated signals using a second beamforming module, generates one or more power estimates based on the second set of beams, and divides each of the first set of beams by a corresponding power estimate to generate one or more normalized correlations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos J. Chavez, Sasha Oster
  • Publication number: 20240076046
    Abstract: A parachute retention system may include a container and a replaceable flap. The container can be attached to a vehicle and can hold a parachute. The container may have a first attachment member. A replaceable flap may have a second attachment member that connects to the first attachment member and that has a flexible barrier portion for enclosing at least a portion of the container to retain the parachute therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Thistlethwaite, Ronald John McCumber, John Fox
  • Publication number: 20240076045
    Abstract: A parachute assembly may comprise a canopy and one or more reefing lines. The one or more reefing lines may limit inflation of the canopy to attenuate impulse load or otherwise mitigate forces exerted by the parachute assembly on cargo or an occupant during deployment of the canopy. The one or more reefing lines may be broken in stages to selectively limit inflation of the canopy followed by selectively permitting inflation of the canopy in stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Benjamin, Kassidy L Carson
  • Publication number: 20240076048
    Abstract: A roll stabilization system for an aircraft ejection seat may be provided. An integral seat sequencer may activate an ejection sequence causing an aircraft ejection seat to be ejected from an aircraft. In various instances, particularly with lighter occupants of the aircraft ejection seat, the aircraft ejection seat may begin a rotational movement. To ameliorate this rotational movement, a roll correction rocket motor is installed on the aircraft ejection seat and selectively activated by the integral seat sequencer in the event that an undesired rotational movement is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Benjamin, Matthew H. Hartman
  • Patent number: 11924341
    Abstract: A method for updating a cryptographic key via a computation unit configured with one or more processors and a memory coupled to the one or more processors is disclosed. The method includes loading a base key into a cryptographic storage unit integrated with a cryptographic application. The method includes generating a temporal key based on the base key using a one-way key update algorithm via cryptographic application logic integrated within the cryptographic application. The temporal key is assigned an update count based on the number of updates performed on the temporal key. The method further includes comparing the update count value to a required update count, updating the temporal key if the update count is less than the required update count, and zeroizing the temporal key if the update count is more than the required update count, in which the temporal key may be regenerated with the required update count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. A. Tollefson
  • Patent number: 11919643
    Abstract: A self-deploying counter for an aircraft monument is disclosed. In embodiments, the monument is installable adjacent to a cabin space within an aircraft passenger cabin (e.g., on either side of an exit door) and the self-deploying counter includes a partition door capable of being pivoted between a default closed position and an open position extending into the cabin space. The self-deploying counter has a horizontal top surface and an undersurface. When the partition door is deployed, the counter pivots in concert with the door's deployment, the fully deployed position corresponding to the open position of the partition door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Vaninetti, Justin C. Christenson, Jefferey M. McKee
  • Patent number: 11921927
    Abstract: A cabin control apparatus for installation in a cabin surface of an aircraft or other vehicle includes a set of haptic display devices in a housing, each haptic display device having a compact touch-sensitive display surface via which a passenger or user may provide control input for cabin services (e.g., lighting, seat adjustment, crew call, in-flight entertainment (IFE)). Each haptic display device includes haptic actuators for simulating the movement and feel of a mechanical button or switch. Each haptic display device provides information to the user as to the currently controlled cabin service or system, and the set of devices may be toggled between different operating modes wherein the set of devices controls a different set of services. Cabin services and systems controlled by the cabin control module may include passenger-specific context as well as network context, e.g., based on the time of day or the position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Kuker, Christopher M. Avgenackis, Stephanie L. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11920922
    Abstract: A system for detecting an alignment of a relay lens assembly and a combiner of a head-up display is disclosed. The system includes an illuminated reticle spatially coupled to the relay lens assembly, an optical sensor spatially coupled to the combiner, and a control module configured to receive an input from the optical sensor, determine a position of the combiner relative to the relay lens assembly based on the received input; and generate an output based on a determined position of the combiner relative to the relay lens assembly. In another system, the illuminated reticle is spatially coupled to the combiner, and the optical sensor is spatially coupled to the relay lens assembly. The system may also participate in a feedback loop with the head-up display to reduce jitter in the head-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Stratton, Ian M. Meyer