Patents Assigned to United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
  • Patent number: 10414496
    Abstract: A secondary cable connected to a tow reel connects a secondary tow target with a primary tow target. The primary tow target has a mother tow reel positioned at its center of gravity. The mother tow reel is connected to a primary cable that connects the primary tow target to an aircraft. The primary tow target is provided with a pair of lugs positioned on the primary tow target such that an axis line extends through the pair of lugs and through the center of gravity of the primary tow target. A slide ring that is slidable along a cable yoke is attached to the pair of lugs. The slide ring is connected to the secondary cable such that a line of force from the secondary cable is constantly directed through the center of gravity of the primary tow target allowing for the stable aerodynamic flight of the towing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Tony Still
  • Patent number: 10408579
    Abstract: A one man portable electronic pulse generator includes a standard rifle having a muzzle and capable of firing a blank cartridge containing propellant. A blank firing adapter is fixed to the muzzle of the rifle. A piezoelectric generator is aligned with the gas exit orifice of the blank firing adapter. A lead cable is electrically connected from the piezoelectric generator to a unit in series with said lead cable for storing or utilizing said electronic pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Adam L. Foltz, James E. Burke
  • Patent number: 10408588
    Abstract: A retaining mechanism which may be launched to capture an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or the like. A projectile deploys dampener arms to stop projectile penetration into the target while forward retention arms deploy to prevent a backward removal from the target. The firmly embedded mechanism might feature tracking means or destruction means, or the target may be pulled away by the tether to be evaluated for information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: David Chalfant Manley, Thomas Michael Presutti, Jr., Jeremy McLain
  • Patent number: 10408587
    Abstract: A missile is provided with a motor section that is separated from a guidance and control section by a roller bearing section. A shaft connected to the motor section extends through the roller bearing section and connects to a gear unit that drives a shaft connected to an electrical generator. As the missile moves in flight, vanes on the motor section catch air flow which causes the motor section to rotate. The kinetic energy of the motor section is then converted into electrical energy by the gear unit and electrical generator. A flight computer, a sensor and electro-mechanical actuators are supplied electrical energy from a voltage regulator connected to the electrical generator. The electro-mechanical actuators are connected to corresponding control fins which control the flight path of the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Brian J. Smith, Kevin D. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10408590
    Abstract: In an ammunition training round having a crushable nose section, a flash system which makes an impact more visible to the user in the air or on land when the round hits a ground target. In place of a fuze ignition, the flash system utilizes incendiary energetic pellets comprising ignition pellets which burst in flames when impacted. The round may also have a nose area with a lower portion plastic plug and an upper portion fuze ogive containing the ignition pellets so that when the round impacts the ground at an angle, the upper portion of the nose area snaps off and exposes its ignition pellets to ignite from the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Carl J. Campagnuolo, William J. Andrews
  • Patent number: 10408589
    Abstract: A method of permanently affixing tungsten cube fragments to the fragmentation warhead in a convex Claymore mine having a plastic case and a housing. Pieces of predetermined sized structural film adhesive are positioned at temperature 60° F.±5° F., then pressed into the plastic case while pouring tungsten cubes into the case. The cubes are arranged into desired patterns all at temperature 70° F.±2° F. An interface plate and 5 lbs of weight are then placed atop thereof and all are heated in an oven at temperature 205° F.±5° F. for four hours for full cure of a desired product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Yao Chen, John Osterndorf, Dennis Kong
  • Patent number: 10408586
    Abstract: A non-lethal projectile comprises a carrier with a deployable payload to allow for effective performance at both long and short ranges. The non-lethal projectile is fired from a launcher. At a predetermined range, the carrier opens thereby deploying the payload. The payload may further comprise a drogue chute to reduce the kinetic energy of the payload to a non-lethal level. Alternatively, the inherent drag coefficient of the payload may enable sufficient reduction of kinetic energy without the need for a drogue chute. The deployed petals of the carrier serve as drag surfaces for the carrier, thereby reducing the kinetic energy of the carrier to a non-lethal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Mario E. DeAngelis
  • Patent number: 10408809
    Abstract: A device and method for collecting, analyzing, and identifying chemical and biological samples in solid or liquid form is disclosed. The analysis compares the color change of Colorimetric Sensor Arrays (CSAs) over time with images for known materials/compounds contained in a library. The device can be used as a handheld or standalone device and integrates the sampling and detecting functions of the prior art into a single device that analyzes and identifies the sample without destroying it. The inventive volatile organic compound (VOC) technology device is also unique in that it relies on a comparison to a proprietary compound library that is supported by lab data. This compound library identifies the unique dye signature combinations that provide very accurate classification of a wide variety of chemical and biological agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Peter A Emanuel, Calvin W. Chue, Gregory A. Thompson, Colin W Graham, Aleksandr E. Miklos, Jacob J. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10408591
    Abstract: A projectile which can be used to defeat an unmanned aerial system. The projectile features sabots which do not impart any forward impedance to the sub-projectiles, and carries a payload of stacked rings enclosed in the projectile. The rings are backed by a support ring, and abut a pusher aft section. The projectile's sabots discard cleanly upon muzzle exit, releasing the ring sub-projectiles to cover a large area, thereby increasing the probability of impacting the target. The rings create large holes in the target, despite comparatively low mass of a given ring as a defeat element, allowing for multiple sub-projectiles to be fired with a single shot, thereby creating the effect of firing multiple projectiles with a single shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: David Chalfant Manley, Thomas Michael Presutti, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10404371
    Abstract: An architecture for an optoelectronic oscillator uses Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) to seed, filter and amplify the oscillation signal in an overlapped oscillator loop for both a RF modulated optical sideband and a SBS signal. By phase matching the RF modulated optical sideband generated by SBS with the SBS signal, the feedback will collapse the bandwidth of the SBS signal and in turn the bandwidth of the Brillouin frequency signal, which also serves as a filter to filter out multiple undesired OEO loop modes. The embodiments herein result in reduced phase noise and increased stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Weimin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10401393
    Abstract: A method of measuring superconducting critical current in persistent mode using superconducting closed loops which allow the persistent current to flow without any joints. This persistent critical current is different than traditional resistive critical current that is the upper limit of the superconducting current carrying capacity, and provides the information about the range of critical current in persistent mode that is more close to applications in MRI, SMES, and Maglev operations. The measurement can be used as a quality control method in the manufacturing process and a piece of crucial information to magnet manufacturers for the design and fabrication of magnet. The superconducting materials include the second generation superconducting wires (coated conductors) based on Rare Earth (RE) Barium Copper Oxide superconducting material (REBa2Cu3O6+x, REBCO), or any other type of superconducting wires that can be manufactured in the form of tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: George A. Levin, Paul N. Barnes, Charles C. Rong
  • Publication number: 20190264302
    Abstract: A process for producing a metal foam includes mechanically working a metallic powder such that oxide particles are finely dispersed within a metallic matrix and annealing the mechanically worked metallic powder in a vacuum the annealed metallic powder such that intraparticle porosity is formed by decomposition of the oxide particles at elevated temperature to reduce the oxide particles to metallic form and liberate the oxygen atoms in gaseous form, thereby creating porosity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The Army
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Atwater, Kris Allen Darling, Mark Allen Tschopp, JR.
  • Patent number: 10393476
    Abstract: A novel wearable apparatus for stabilizing a firearm is described. The “Third Arm” apparatus attaches to a tactical vest on one end, and the rail interface system of the firearm on the other end. The arm allows the user to move the firearm with minimum restrictions while providing complete counterbalancing of the firearm, removing the weight of the firearm from the user's arms, thus reducing arm fatigue and improving accuracy. The apparatus enables the use of unconventional weapons systems including high recoil firearms and skeletonized firearms. Third Arm provides a structure to distribute recoil forces and onto which recoil management systems can be placed to aid in shot consistency and reduce discomfort of recoil forces. The apparatus is adjustable for different sized users and different weight firearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William J. Green, Daniel M. Baechle, Zachary K. Wingard, Frank Morelli, Angela C. Boynton
  • Patent number: 10387589
    Abstract: The present invention is a computer apparatus for creating an environmental impact model. The apparatus includes emission objects representing single or compound emissions. These objects include emission properties and processing function for updating these properties, and a species impact model which represents the impact of an emission on a species. The model includes value pairs of a quantified species impact value linked to an emissions concentration value. A computer system includes the emission objects on a server, a data interface for receiving emission properties, and an instantiation processor for creating more objects. Extrapolation and update processors allow statistical extrapolation of value pairs and updating emission properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventor: Mark A. Chappell
  • Patent number: 10389928
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for detecting and locating a blast, including muzzle flash, created by the launch of a projectile from a gun barrel, rocket tube or similar device, generally associated with weapons fire. The method is used in conjunction with electro-optical imaging sensors and provides the azimuth and elevation from the detecting sensor to the launch location of the blast and also provides the weapon classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Brown, John E. Hutchison, III, Jami H. Davis, Joshua K. Gabonia
  • Patent number: 10386171
    Abstract: A multi-axis heterodyne interferometer is disclosed for observations of five degrees of dynamic freedom using a single illumination source. The sensor utilizes polarization and frequency multiplexing to simultaneously observe and separate the image and Fourier planes following scattering of coherent illumination from a dynamic surface. Multiple carrier frequencies and polarizations separate two segments of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Segments of this interferometer have unique optical configurations to generate the image and Fourier planes simultaneously on a focal plane array. The measured irradiance contains information pertaining to an object's in-plane translation, out-of-plane rotation, and out-of-plane displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: James D. Perea, Bradley W. Libbey
  • Patent number: 10385806
    Abstract: A solid rocket propellant grain having rocket propellant and a membrane in contact with the rocket propellant. The membrane includes a highly heat conductive pattern which affects the propellant burning rate through localized conductive heat transfer from the combustion zone and into the uncombusted propellant. Different geometries for the thermally conductive pattern produce different combustion results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Andrew William McBain, Zachary Keith Wingard
  • Patent number: 10386144
    Abstract: An external firing mechanism for a muzzle loaded mortar system incorporates a drop fire mode, a lever fire mode and a safe mode. The firing mechanism is easy to assemble or replace and does not require an adjustment procedure when mounting to the mortar system. The firing mechanism utilizes bearing balls as a tripping device which transfers potential energy in a compressed spring to kinetic energy of a firing pin oriented orthogonal to that spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert J. Facteau, George E. Hathaway, IV
  • Publication number: 20190247224
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving dexterity of the bare hands in cold temperatures includes heating pads 10 disposed on the forehead, cheeks and forearms. The heating pads 10a, 10b, 10c on the forehead and cheeks stimulate the trigeminal nerve area to increase blood flow to the fingers. The heating pads 10d, 10d on the forearms 24, 24 increase the temperature of the blood flowing to the hands. Thermocouples 32 in each heating pad 10 are connected to a set-point controller 28.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: John CASTELLANI, Timothy DRISCOLL
  • Patent number: D860046
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kiel, Kris J. Mayer