Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20170358194
    Abstract: A system for monitoring one or more environmental conditions associated with a working environment includes a wearable device configured to be worn by a worker and one or more environmental sampling sensors configured to monitor the one or more environmental conditions associated with the working environment and determine environmental sampling information based on the monitoring of the one or more environmental conditions. The system further includes a positioning sensor configured to determine positioning information for the worker, the positioning information for the worker including information regarding positioning of the worker relative to the working environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John William Glatfelter, Brian Dale Laughlin
  • Publication number: 20170356720
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable a targeting system operator, with no access to GPS signals, to self-locate using one or two landmarks and then geolocate an object-of-interest (OOI) using its own position and attitude and the range to the OOI. In the absence of GPS signals, the coordinates of the position of the targeting system can be calculated using a self-location algorithm either: (1) based on a measured direction and a measured range to one landmark and known coordinates of the position of the landmark; or (2) via triangulation based on two landmarks with respective known coordinates and respective measured headings. The coordinates of the position of the OOI can then be calculated using a geolocation algorithm based on the calculated coordinates of the position of the targeting system, and a measured direction and a measured range to the OOI. The calculated coordinates of the position of the OOI can then be sent to a weapons programmer by digital or voice message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard B. Guthrie
  • Publication number: 20170355405
    Abstract: Provided are multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating such vehicles to access small interior spaces. A multi-tread vehicle may include two or more tread sections such that each pair of adjacent tread sections is interconnected by a connector section. Furthermore, each pair may have one or more degrees of articulations, such as being pivotable with respect to each other around one or more axis and/or being bendable with respect to each other around one or more axis. These articulation degrees may be provided by the connector section and/or by couplings between the connector section and each tread section. In some embodiments, each tread section may include two portions detachably coupled to each other. This detachable coupling may be used for disassembly of the multi-tread vehicle after or even during its use, for example, when only a portion of the vehicle needs to be retrieved from an interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregg W. Podnar
  • Publication number: 20170359554
    Abstract: A drone deterrence system includes a housing configured to be secured to a structure. A motion detector is disposed on or within the housing, and is configured to detect motion within a predetermined range. A tracker is disposed on or within the housing, and is configured to track motion of a drone within the predetermined range. A control unit is in communication with the motion detector and the tracker, and is configured to take action to deter the drone from remaining in the predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jagdish T. Madhav, Lionel Cain
  • Publication number: 20170355080
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for remotely controlling of robotic platforms in confined spaces or other like spaces not suitable for direct human operation. The control is achieved using multi-modal sensory data, which includes at least two sensory response types, such as a binocular stereoscopic vision type, a binaural stereophonic audio type, a force-reflecting haptic manipulation type, a tactile type, and the like. The multi-modal sensory data is obtained by a robotic platform positioned in a confined space and transmitted to a remote control station outside of the confined space, where it is used to generate a representation of the confined space. The multi-modal sensory data may be used to provide multi-sensory high-fidelity telepresence for an operator of the remote control station and allow the operator to provide more accurate user input. This input may be transmitted to the robotic platform to perform various operations within the confined space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregg W. Podnar
  • Publication number: 20170355474
    Abstract: A stackable pancake satellite that is configured so that a plurality of the satellites can be stacked within a payload fairing of a launch vehicle. Each satellite includes sections that are folded or rotated together prior to launch, and unfolded or rotated away from each other when deployed. A first section is a satellite body having a first side that acts as a thermal radiator and a second side opposite the first side that includes an antenna. A second section includes one or more solar panels attached adjacent to the first side of the satellite body. A third section includes a splash plate reflector attached adjacent to the second side of the satellite body that reflects signals between Earth and the antenna. When deployed, the solar panels are pointed towards the Sun and the splash plate reflector directs the signals between the Earth and the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory Clayton Busche
  • Publication number: 20170356516
    Abstract: Deformable spacers and spacer assemblies absorb energy when flange bolts are subjected to compressive axial loads by plastically deforming, failing in shear, rupturing or in a combination of failure modes so the flange bolts and the flanges connected thereby are not damaged. One deformable spacer may have a hollow cylindrical body with a plurality of elongated slots there through. Another deformable spacer may have an annular stiffener extending inwardly from an inner surface of a hollow cylindrical body. A spacer assembly may include an inner cylindrical body, and outer cylindrical body, and an annular shoulder extending from one of the bodies and engaged by the other body shears when a shear failure load is applied to the flange bolt. Another spacer assembly may include an annular belt around a cylindrical body so that the belt will rupture before the cylindrical body plastically deforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Adrian Stanescu
  • Patent number: 9840010
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for changing a set of old tools for a set of new tools may be presented. The system may comprise a crawler robot, a robotic arm, a tool changer, a vision system, and at least one of a tool rack or a storage area. The tool changer may be an end effector of the robotic arm. The tool changer may comprise a number of grippers and a number of movement assemblies. The number of grippers may perform at least one of moving a set of new tools to the crawler robot or removing the set of old tools from the crawler robot. The number of movement assemblies may be associated with the number of grippers. The vision system may be associated with at least one of the robotic arm and the tool changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Tristan E. Lee, David M. Foisy
  • Patent number: 9840332
    Abstract: A seat system may include a door and a locking mechanism. The door may be movable between an open position and a closed position. The seat system may include a seat mounted to the door and including a seat bottom that may be movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The seat system may further include a locking mechanism operatively coupled to the seat bottom and configured such that movement of the seat bottom from the stowed position to the deployed position when the door is in the closed position causes the locking mechanism to engage fixed door-frame structure located adjacent the door and to immobilize the door against movement from the closed position. Movement of the seat bottom from the deployed position to the stowed position may cause the locking mechanism to disengage from the fixed door-frame structure and to allow the door to be moved from the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Carmen J. Castanos, Hugh A. Starks, Jeffrey R. Nix
  • Patent number: 9839986
    Abstract: A low-profile, automated guided vehicle (AGV) performs surface treatments over large areas of a structure having limited access, such as an aircraft underbelly. The AGV includes a movable gantry provided with automated robot. The robot has interchangeable end effectors for carrying out the surface treatments. Travel of the AGV relative to structure is controlled by a ground guidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven A. Best, Eric M. Reid, Donald Joe Best, III, Daniel M. McDonagh, Paul Edward Jennerjohn, David McCaig, Paul G. Solecki, Eric J. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9839943
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing a viscous material from a structure. The apparatus may comprise a base section. The base section may be configured to move along a surface of a first part and a second part of the structure. The base section may have sides that form a pocket. The sides may have a shape that substantially conforms to the surface of the first part and the second part of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Blaine Barney, Lyle J. True, Jerome Jacques Maurice Demoulin
  • Patent number: 9839996
    Abstract: A tool configured to install and torque multiple fasteners, such as nuts and/or bolts, positioned in confined and/or hard to reach areas. The tool includes a body portion, a plurality of fastener retainers, and a structure which permits both the remote tightening and torquing of such fasteners. The tool also provides an actuator for the remote release of torque loads which may build up in the fastener retainers during such torquing of the fasteners. The actuator includes a lever arm pivotally connected to the body portion and a cam that is rotatable between a first position and a second position. A linkage is engaged by the cam and urges the lever arm to a torquing position upon the cam being in the first position and to a torque release position upon the cam being in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Albert DeLand, Roger A. Gage, Darrell Darwin Jones
  • Patent number: 9840380
    Abstract: A method includes positioning a vehicle on a vehicle base station such that a first payload is aligned with an aperture in the vehicle base station. The method includes aligning an empty docking station of a payload advancing assembly with the aperture. The method includes removing the first payload from the vehicle and placing the first payload in the empty docking station of the payload advancing assembly, where the full docking station includes a second payload. The method also includes aligning a full docking station of the payload advancing assembly with the aperture and securing the second payload to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Emad W. Saad, John L. Vian, Matthew A. Vavrina, Jared A. Nisbett, Donald C. Wunsch
  • Patent number: 9840338
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a first composite layer and a second composite layer in which the second composite layer is associated with the first composite layer. The first composite layer and the second composite layer form a structure. The second composite layer has a conductivity configured to dissipate an electric charge on a surface of the structure and limit a flow of an electrical current in the second composite layer in which the electrical current is caused by an electromagnetic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Noel Timothy Gerken, Quynhgiao Nguyen Le
  • Patent number: 9841501
    Abstract: A method of locating a tagged movable asset comprises determining blink counts for receivers in a plurality of zones, and selecting one of the zones according to a comparison of the blink counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ali Salour, Michael D. McInnis, Douglas D. Trimble
  • Patent number: 9840320
    Abstract: A bell crank mechanism is configured to at least indirectly link movement of an aircraft wing spoiler-like hinge panel to the movement of a primary flight control device on an aircraft wing trailing edge. The aircraft wing is configured to be fixed to and to extend from an aircraft fuselage, the wing including a leading edge and a trailing edge. The primary flight control device is attached to the trailing edge, and any movement of the control device is directly subject to an aircraft input controller by a linear actuator. The moveable aerodynamic hinge panel, a secondary control device, is situated proximally to the primary flight control device, and the hinge panel is separately attached to the trailing edge. The bell crank mechanism slaves any hinge panel motion to movements of the primary control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew D M Fevergeon, Jan A. Kordel
  • Patent number: 9840322
    Abstract: An active oleo system for an aircraft semi-levered landing gear system disclosed herein includes a main strut, an auxiliary strut, bogie beam, and a pressure boost mechanism. During a takeoff roll phase, the pressure boost mechanism may increase the pressure in the main strut, forcing the main strut piston to the fully extended length. Thru the action of main strut, auxiliary strut, and bogie beam this may increase the height of the aircraft above ground, providing for a larger achievable rotation angle of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Eric Howard Nelson
  • Patent number: 9841870
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for implementation of a system for integrated visualization and analysis of a complex system such as an aircraft composed of a plurality of elements. The apparatus may receive data for a physical instance of the complex system, and this data may include a list of the plurality of elements that reflects a relationship between at least some of them. The apparatus may generate a visual presentation of a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of the complex system. The apparatus may generate a layout of document components depicting elements of the plurality of elements, with the layout including one or more two-dimensional (2D) images depicting at least some of the elements. And the apparatus may integrate the data, visual presentation of the 3D model and layout to produce a visual definition of the complex system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brent L. Hadley, Patrick J. Eames, Joseph F. Floyd
  • Patent number: 9839946
    Abstract: A system for the detection of foreign object debris material on a surface of a composite part being manufactured. A platform is configured to move over the surface. A thermal excitation source is fixed to the platform and configured to direct infrared radiation across the surface. An infrared camera is also fixed to the platform and configured to scan the surface as the platform moves over the surface to detect and output a signal proportional to infrared radiation emitted by the surface and/or by any foreign object debris material on the surface in response to the infrared radiation from the excitation source. A controller is coupled to the excitation source and to the infrared camera and is configured to compare the signal from the infrared camera with a first predetermined threshold signal to detect if any foreign object debris material is located on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9841607
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing a line of sight of a radiant energy system. The line of sight of a main beam is positioned using a first reflector and a second reflector based on a reference beam that is inertially stabilized in a selected direction. The line of sight of the main beam is stabilized using the reference beam to counteract a number of disturbances created within an optical path of the main beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jed Eden Donaldson, Kirk Alan Lohnes, Bruce Edward Stribling, David R. Dean