Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 10673825
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for protected multi-operators payload operations are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for protected multi-operators payload operations comprises transmitting, by a hosted payload (HoP) operation center (HOC), encrypted hosted commands to a host spacecraft operations center (SOC). Also, the method comprises transmitting, by the host SOC, encrypted host commands and the encrypted hosted commands to a vehicle. In addition, the method comprises reconfiguring a payload on the vehicle according to unencrypted host commands and unencrypted hosted commands. Additionally, the method comprises transmitting, by a payload antenna on the vehicle, payload data to a host receiving antenna and a hosted receiving antenna. Also, the method comprises transmitting, by a telemetry transmitter on the vehicle, encrypted host telemetry and encrypted hosted telemetry to the host SOC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Yi-Feng James Chen, Haig F. Krikorian, Robert J. Winig
  • Patent number: 10672377
    Abstract: An active noise control (ANC) system uses a proportional integral (PI) controller to produce a control signal based on feedback that comprises a combination of ambient sound and antinoise. The ANC system generates a corrected control signal based on the control signal and a configurable filtering parameter, and produces the antinoise under control of the corrected control signal such that the antinoise destructively interferes with frequencies of the ambient sound to produce the feedback. The ANC system uses a microphone to receive the feedback and provide the feedback to the PI controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven Griffin, Adam Robert Weston, Daryn David Kono
  • Patent number: 10672208
    Abstract: A stowage bin assembly includes a latch that is configured to selectively lock and unlock the stowage bin assembly, and a sensor in communication with the latch. The sensor is configured to be engaged to lock, unlock, open, and/or close the stowage bin assembly without the latch or the sensor being touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard K. Simms, Stephen G. Dame, Mark L. Cloud, Todd D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10674297
    Abstract: A vibration monitoring and analysis system may include a transducer configured to convert sensed vibration into an alternating current. A processing module may analyze the alternating current and produce an output configured to convey information regarding characteristics of the alternating current. One or more analysis modules may be utilized to compare a waveform of the sensed vibration to known patterns, for example to identify known events and/or conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Samuel Lee Smith, Jared R. Pothier, Cary Dean Munger
  • Patent number: 10671950
    Abstract: Method, system, and computer program product for assigning various operations to itineraries that can be assigned to personnel. Past instances of an operation are analyzed to determine at least one time variance associated with a reliability factor. A combination of operations, with the respective at least one predicted time variance, that does not exceed at least one personal limit of personnel can be identified. The identified combination can be assigned to an itinerary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael J. Woicekowski
  • Patent number: 10672204
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving a plurality of data streams acquired for a respective parameter of a plurality of parameters indicating an operating condition of the aircraft, selecting at least one data stream corresponding to at least one parameter of the respective plurality of parameters, selecting a portion of data from the at least one data stream, comparing the portion of data to a model determined for the at least one parameter based on historical data, determining that a failure has occurred or is likely to occur during operation of the aircraft based on the comparing, and transmitting aircraft health monitoring information indicative of occurrence or likelihood of occurrence of the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Seema Chopra, Sudheer Palyam, James Schimert, Timothy Joseph Wilmering, Balaje Thumati
  • Patent number: 10673368
    Abstract: A pulse-width modulation control circuit includes a first transistor and a signal generator. The first transistor includes a first terminal coupled to a power source and a second terminal coupled to a first input of a controlled component. The signal generator includes a first node coupled to a gate of the first transistor. The signal generator is configured to receive a comparison value and a comparison criterion and to compare the comparison value to a counter value based on the comparison criterion. In response to the comparison value satisfying the comparison criterion with respect to the counter value, the signal generator is configured to send a control signal to the gate of the first transistor to generate a pulse edge of a pulse of a pulse-width modulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas C. Cameron, Dwayne C. Merna
  • Patent number: 10669047
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body having at least one pitch control system and a mounting system, the mounting system configured to couple to a payload. The apparatus also includes a rocket engine coupled to the body and configured to accelerate the body to a hypersonic speed. The apparatus further includes a control system configured to release the payload while the body moves at the hypersonic speed by commanding the at least one pitch control system to adjust an angle of attack of the body to a negative angle of attack and commanding the mounting system to release the payload while the body is moving at the hypersonic speed and at the negative angle of attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashwani K. Chaudhary, David Poladian
  • Patent number: 10673129
    Abstract: An antenna and radome assembly has an adapter plate engaging a first fitting configuration mounted to an aircraft fuselage. The adapter plate mechanically supports an antenna assembly wherein the antenna assembly is originally configured for a second fitting configuration. A radome is attached to the adapter plate enclosing the antenna assembly. The adapter plate has at least a nose portion providing reactive structure adapted to transform a longitudinal load on the radome into an induced downward vertical deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter L. Chao, Geoffrey Elson, David W. Bowen, Dinesh J. Trivedi, Babu R. Meka
  • Patent number: 10672118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a feature on a surface. A mesh comprising a plurality of mesh elements is generated using surface data generated for a surface region. The plurality of normal vectors is computed for the plurality of mesh elements. A distribution for the plurality of normal vectors is generated. A dominant subset of the plurality of mesh elements is identified in which a Z component of a corresponding normal vector for each mesh element of the dominant subset is in substantially a first direction. Z components of a portion of the plurality of normal vectors corresponding to a remaining subset of the plurality of mesh elements are analyzed to determine whether the feature is present within the surface region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Alan R. Katz, Stephen J. Bennison
  • Patent number: 10668616
    Abstract: A robot includes an actuator assembly, first and second parallel telescoping lead screw assemblies cantilevered from the actuator assembly, and an end effector supported by ends of the lead screw assemblies. The actuator assembly causes each lead screw assembly to independently deploy and retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Angelica Davancens
  • Patent number: 10670130
    Abstract: A harmonic drive apparatus (also known as a strain wave gear) is constructed with a circular, flexible spline disc having a generally flat configuration or a slightly conical configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Max Neal Jensen
  • Patent number: 10671768
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for predicting propagation of a crack in a structure. A finite element model is provided that represents the layers of the structure by meshes of elements having interfaces defined between adjacent elements in orthogonal potential crack planes. Overlapping interface elements are defined at the interfaces and include a plurality of node pairs spaced apart along multiple interfaces and having a node cluster therebetween that includes bound node pairs. The nodes of each node pair are coincident with respective nodes of the adjacent elements on opposite sides of the interface. An analysis of the finite element model under an external load is performed in which a crack tip is established at a node cluster. A strain energy release rate between the nodes of the bound node pairs of the node cluster is calculated and based thereon propagation of the crack is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gerald E. Mabson, Madhavadas Ramnath, Marianne E. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10669033
    Abstract: An example method includes: forming a conductive layer on at least a portion of a surface of a substrate, where the substrate comprises a composite material of an aerodynamic structure, and where the conductive layer is configured to provide a conductive path to conduct an electric current generated by a lightning strike to an electrically-grounded location; depositing an insulating layer on the conductive layer; removing one or more portions of the insulating layer to form respective gaps in the insulating layer and expose corresponding one or more portions of the conductive layer; and forming a resistive-heater layer on the insulating layer such that the resistive-heater layer fills the respective gaps in the insulating layer and contacts the corresponding one or more portions of the conductive layer, such that when electric power is provided to the conductive layer, the electric power is communicated to the resistive-heater layer thereby generating heat therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrick John Kinlen, Eric Alan Bruton, Edward Brouwers, Kenneth Walter Young
  • Patent number: 10671848
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for automated location and identification of multiple objects in an aircraft cabin. A method utilizes a wireless client, RFID reader, and camera, which together form a set. Each set is associated with a specific inspection zone in the cabin. The RFID reader determines the presence of a RFID tag in only one zone. Further, the camera captures an image of that zone. A data feedback is generated based on both the image and the RFID reader response. The data feedback is transmitted by the wireless client to a router and is analyzed to determine the presence of the object in the inspection zone and, if present, the identity of the object. The data feedback is associated with the location of the zone in the aircraft cabin, which is known or may be determined using a set of wireless routers positioned throughout the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anil Kumar, Guangyu Pei
  • Patent number: 10669035
    Abstract: A system detects ice on a surface. The system comprises an ultraviolet (UV) light source configured to project light primarily in the UV-A spectrum onto the surface. The system further comprises an optical device configured to capture an image of the surface while the light primarily in the UV-A spectrum is projected by the UV light source. The system further comprises a control device communicatively coupled to the optical device. The control device is configured to receive the image from the optical device and determine whether or not ice is present on the surface based respectively on whether or not visible light induced by the light projected by the UV light source is captured in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles Steven Meis
  • Patent number: 10668179
    Abstract: In an example, a power factor corrector (PFC) including a first PFC input, a second PFC input, and a PFC output. The first PFC input is configured to receive an input power from a power source. The second PFC input is configured to receive a signal from a feedback circuit. The PFC output configured to output a direct current (DC) power, which is based on the input power at the first PFC input and the signal at the second PFC input. The feedback circuit is coupled to the PFC output and the second PFC input. The feedback circuit is configured to provide the signal at the second PFC input based on an input parameter related to a condition that is sensible by a sensor. The condition is related to operation of a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Arthur E. Brockschmidt
  • Patent number: 10668178
    Abstract: In an example, a light control system includes a power converter, a light source, a sensor, and a control device. The power converter can convert an input power received from a power source to a supply power, and includes a power factor corrector (PFC) configured to adjustably control an electrical parameter of the supply power. The light source can, using the supply power, emit light at an intensity related to the electrical parameter. The sensor can sense a condition related to operation of the light source. The control device is communicatively coupled to the PFC and the sensor, and configured to: (i) receive, from the sensor, a sensor signal indicating an input parameter related to the condition, and (ii) based on sensor signal, provide a feedback signal to the PFC to cause the PFC to adjust, based on the input parameter, the electrical parameter of the supply power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Arthur E. Brockschmidt
  • Patent number: 10669015
    Abstract: A method, vehicle, and system for calculating the location of a center of mass of the vehicle and transferring fuel to move the location of the center of mass are provided. The location of the center of mass of the vehicle is determined by measuring or calculating forces acting on the vehicle that counteract the gravitational forces on the vehicle. The location of the center of mass is calculated by determining on a moment arm of the gravitational force that counteracts the moment arms of the other forces acting on the vehicle. Fuel can be transferred among differently-located fuel tanks in the vehicle to move the location of the center of mass to a position in which at least some of the other forces acting on the vehicle are reduced, which may increase the speed and/or efficiency of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Nils Kneuper, Ralf Rene Shu-Zhong Cabos
  • Patent number: 10668683
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for fabricating gap fillers for composite parts. One exemplary system includes a controller that acquires a geometry for a gap filler that will occupy a volume at a joint between laminates of curable constituent material, subdivides the geometry of the gap filler into layers, and for each layer: identifies variations in width of the layer along a length of the gap filler, and generates instructions for trimming a web of curable constituent material to match the variations in width of the layer. The system also includes rollers that dispense webs of the curable constituent material, trimmers that trim the webs of the curable constituent material based on the instructions, and compaction rollers that compact the trimmed webs together to fabricate the gap filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Andrew Klimovski, Karlgren Ka-Tsun Lai