Patents Assigned to Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11854110
    Abstract: A system may include a processor configured to: obtain an image of an airport terminal chart; based on a latitudinal set of characters, determine a latitude for each line of latitude; based on the latitude for each line of latitude and a first image distance between the lines of latitude, determine a first ratio of latitudinal degrees between the lines of latitude to the first image distance; based on a longitudinal set of characters, determine a longitude for each line of longitude; based on the longitude for each line of longitude and a second image distance between the lines of longitude, determine a second ratio of longitudinal degrees between the lines of longitude to the second image distance; and output information associated with the first ratio, the second ratio, the determined latitude for each line of latitude, and the determined longitude for each line of longitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff M. Henry, Srinath A. Nandakumar
  • Publication number: 20230406518
    Abstract: An ejection handle separation system is disclosed herein. The ejection handle separation system includes an ejection seat handle, a rotatable component, a cable connected to the handle and coupled to the rotatable component, wherein the rotatable component rotates in response to pulling the ejection seat handle, and an anchor inserted into the rotatable component and configured to releasably connect the cable to the rotatable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: STEVE A. HOLSTINE, MAYUR K. VADHWANA
  • Patent number: 11847839
    Abstract: A pilot may be more stressed during take-off or landing, which is not abnormal. Physiological data of the pilot may be received. Placing the physiological data in context of the current situation may be advantageous in detecting anomalous behaviors of the pilot. A system and method are described. The system and method receive a stream of images from a camera and detect whether the pilot is exhibiting anomalous behavior. The anomalous behavior is further put into context based on the flight state and various avionics information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Peggy Wu, Arjun Harsha Rao, Christopher L George, Timothy J. Wittkop, Michael P. Matessa, Wade T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11847548
    Abstract: A universal passenger seat system includes a system controller and a physical connection interface with a standardized communication protocol for coupling the system controller with seating hardware, at least one peripheral device, and at least one network connection. The system controller can also be in communication with a biometric sensor, a physiological sensor, and/or a situational data sensor. An artificial intelligence engine is communicatively coupled to or embedded within the system controller. The artificial intelligence engine is configured to determine a passenger status based on data received from the biometric sensor, the physiological sensor, and/or the situational data sensor and is further configured to generate one or more communication signals based on the data. For example, the communication signals can include control signals for the seating hardware, information signals for peripheral devices, or status signals for transmission via the network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20230398916
    Abstract: A vibrotactile system for an aircraft may comprise a plurality of tactors and a tactor driver operably coupled to the plurality of tactors. The tactor driver may be configured to determine a vibration sequence for the plurality of tactors in response to a signal received from an aircraft controller, and to send vibration commands corresponding to the vibration sequence to the plurality of tactors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN L. HAMPTON, GLEN SHAW, TYLER FAHEY, DONALD BORCHELT, JOHN R. SKOLA, ROBERT MISHKIN
  • Patent number: 11841503
    Abstract: An optical system is disclosed. The optical system includes collimating optics, including a polarization beam splitter, which includes one or more polarizations selection reflection surfaces configured to split image light into (s)-polarized light and (p)-polarized light. The collimating optics further include a first mirror configured to receive and reflect (p)-polarized light emitted from the one or more polarization selective reflection surfaces, a second mirror configured to receive and reflect (s)-polarized light emitted from the one or more polarization selective reflection surface, and a corrector lens configured to receive (p)-polarized light reflected from the first mirror and receive (s)-polarized light reflected from the second mirror, wherein a light path of the (s)-polarized light and a light path of the (p)-polarized light are substantially equal, wherein the (p)-polarized light and the (s)-polarized light are configured to combine to form a user image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Stratton, Christopher A. Keith
  • Patent number: 11842429
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method may include receiving chart data; converting the received chart data into one or more sets of hardware directives and one or more subroutines, the one or more sets of one or more hardware directives including at least a first set hardware directives and a second set of hardware directives, the first set of hardware directives including one or more relative offsets needing address modification, the second set of hardware directives not needing address modification; generating a display list including the set of hardware directives and one or more rules, the one or more relative offsets needing address modification arranged at a beginning position in the generated display list; providing the generated display list to an on-board aircraft controller; and updating, via the on-board aircraft controller, the one or more absolute addresses of the relative offsets of the first set of hardware directives during run-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff M. Henry, Kyle R. Peters, Reed A. Kovach
  • Patent number: 11837101
    Abstract: A system may include a display and a processor. The processor may be configured to: obtain aircraft data associated with an aircraft; obtain or generate storm top data, the storm top data including information associated with storm top altitudes and storm top locations; generate aircraft relative storm top data; generate an aircraft relative storm top image based at least on the aircraft relative storm top data, wherein the aircraft relative storm top image depicts a view of weather in front of the aircraft, wherein the aircraft relative storm top image conveys information associated with a difference between at least some of the storm top altitudes and an altitude of the aircraft; and output the aircraft relative storm top image as graphical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata A. Sishtla, Divesh Lakhi, Mark Fersdahl
  • Patent number: 11834185
    Abstract: An article of manufacture may include a tangible, non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by a processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising: receiving, via the processor, an ejection command for ejecting an ejection seat from an aircraft; determining, via the processor, an aircraft or ejection seat altitude and an aircraft or ejection seat speed; and commanding, via the processor, a simultaneous or staged deployment of a drogue parachute and a main parachute upon or just prior to separation of the ejection seat from the aircraft, the simultaneous or staged deployment being described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Kassidy L. Carson, John Hampton
  • Patent number: 11834194
    Abstract: A rehosted flight operation system is disclosed. The system comprises one or more controllers configured to execute program instructions. The program instructions include a rehosted flight operation module configured to generate one or more emulated flight operation subsystems, and a host flight operation module configured to generate flight operation data and flight operation commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Updegrove, Andrew Jeffrey, Bruce Spurgeon, Joseph Bender, David Swenzinski, Randy Dick, Elie Bardawil
  • Patent number: 11835648
    Abstract: A system and method for a multi-beam multi-function active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar operation receives radar commands from individual aircraft systems and segments a single AESA fixed panel 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 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 subarray size, beam characteristics, power settings, and function to enable multiple function of a cost effective single AESA panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata A. Sishtla, James B. West, Jacob G. Teague, Jiwon L Moran
  • Patent number: 11828836
    Abstract: A system and method for detection and identification of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) employs a radar system to detect and identify the UAS based on the rich Doppler spectrum generated by one or more rotors and associated motors onboard the UAS. UAS have a low radar cross sections (RCS), relatively low speed, and possess a unique Doppler signature providing data for the system to discriminate once the system detects the quadcopter UAS. The system and method functions as a traditional radar, yet analyzes the micro-Doppler signature, including the RCS and radial speed, to detect and identify the UAS. Based on the signature analysis, the system and method are able to distinguish one model from other types of UAS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. Dana, Jean-Phillippe Wasselin, John W. Borghese
  • Patent number: 11831469
    Abstract: A system may include a tactical military network including tactical nodes and a tactical gateway node configured as a trusted network access node (TNAN) to a mobile core network. The system may further include a military trusted interworking function (M-TIF) device of the mobile core network. The M-TIF device may support an interworking function between the tactical military network and the mobile core network. The M-TIF device may be communicatively coupled to the tactical gateway node. The tactical gateway node may be collocated with the M-TIF device. Services of the mobile core network may be accessible to the tactical nodes via the tactical gateway node and the M-TIF device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John V. Thommana, Naveen Rajanikantha
  • Patent number: 11827366
    Abstract: An ejection seat may comprise a seatback, a headrest located at an upper end of the seatback, and a pitot tube rotatably coupled to the headrest. A pitot restraint assembly may be operably coupled to the pitot tube. The pitot restraint assembly may be configured to translate between a restrained state and a released state. The pitot tube may rotate from a stowed position to a deployed position in response to the pitot restraint assembly translating to the released state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Benjamin, Cody Rahmann
  • Patent number: 11829589
    Abstract: An electronic checklist system is disclosed. The system configured to acquire an electronic checklist (ECL), the ECL including a plurality of tasks, each task including a command sequence including one or more command items. The system configured to display the plurality of tasks via a display and receive an initiation input via a user interface. The system configured to transmit one or more communications configured to initiate a performance of one or more automatable actions corresponding to the tasks, the one or more automatable actions configured to at least one of change or measure one or more system states. The system configured to receive system state data. The system configured to display, based on the system state data, one or more completion status graphics indicative of a completion of at least a portion of the plurality of tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Sisson, Sarah Barber, Justin T. Zellmer, Ernest A. Snider, Christel P. Gray, Bryon S. Kanne
  • Patent number: 11831988
    Abstract: An imaging system for an aircraft is disclosed. A plurality of image sensors are attached, affixed, or secured to the aircraft. Each image sensor is configured to generate sensor-generated pixels based on an environment surrounding the aircraft. Each of the sensor-generated pixels is associated with respective pixel data including, position data, intensity data, time-of-acquisition data, sensor-type data, pointing angle data, latitude data, and longitude data. A controller generates a buffer image including synthetic-layer pixels, maps the sensor-generated pixels to the synthetic-layer pixels in the buffer image, fills a plurality of regions of the buffer image with the sensor-generated pixels, and presents the buffer image on a head-mounted display (HMD) to a user of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo L Tiana, Brian Helfrecht
  • Patent number: 11822352
    Abstract: A system and method onboard an aircraft generates pilot awareness of obstacle clearance during an engine out (EO) go around (GA) situation. The system herein receives inputs from either a pilot selection or aircraft state change indicating a GA below a published missed approach altitude and also receives an input from an engine status monitor indicating an EO situation. As a GA below the published missed approach altitude does not ensure obstacle clearance with an EO, the systems herein generate a pseudo engine out go around procedure (PEOGAP) which calculates a minimum climb gradient maintaining a minimum separation from all obstacles within an area bound by the published missed approach. Once generated, the systems herein display the PEOGAP to the pilot for adequate obstacle separation and pilot awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaibir Singh, Shankar Ganesh Narayanasamy Sadasivam, Harish H S
  • Patent number: 11824580
    Abstract: A communication system is described. The communication system includes a number of nodes which frequency hop without coordination from a frequency table. To establish communication, the nodes scan across a band for one or more signals of interest. The signals of interest include one or more of a synchronization signal, a control signal, and a traffic signal. When transmitting the signals of interest, the nodes determine one or more characteristic for the signal, such as a channel, based on a spectral occupancy of interferers in the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John V. Thommana, Syed A. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 11822713
    Abstract: A system comprising a head worn display and an image rendering computing device is disclosed. The head worn display comprises one or more image sensors, a head position sensor, and a head position computing device configured to determine a first head pose. The image rendering computing device is configured to render an enhanced image and embed the first head pose in the enhanced image. The head position computing platform is further configured to determine a second head pose, determine a difference between the second head pose and the first head pose, and warp the enhanced image based on the difference between the second head pose and the first head pose to correct for head motion of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston J. Lahr, Jared R. Prink, Alexander D. Reid, Troy D. Driscoll
  • Patent number: D1006822
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheyenne Matthews, Caleb Owenby