Patents Examined by Benjamin P. Lee
  • Patent number: 11401034
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle for delivering a package. The aerial vehicle having a package deployment system coupled to the aerial vehicle. The package deployment system having a spool coupled to the aerial vehicle, a lowering line fixedly coupled to the spool at a first end, the lowering line having a second end secured to a grasping device, and a cutting device coupled to one of the spool or the lowering line. The aerial vehicle also having a package coupled to the grasping device and a monitoring system couple to one of the aerial vehicle or the package deployment system. The package deployment system is configured to deliver the package at a delivery location. The cutting device is configured to sever the lowering line to deliver the package. A method for delivering a package with an aerial vehicle having the package deployment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, John J. O'Brien, Robert Cantrell, Brian Mchale, Justin Schuhardt
  • Patent number: 11401022
    Abstract: A floor system for creating a floor in an interior of a vehicle has base part and a floor panel. The base part having a trough-shaped depression and the floor panel are attached to a floor support structure and together provide a customary installation height and also cavities for accommodating installation objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Memis Tiryaki, Sven Werner, Torsten Noebel, Andre Zybala, Wolfgang Eilken
  • Patent number: 11390396
    Abstract: A connecting apparatus includes a snap-fit member configured to be detachably coupled to a gimbal or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and including a body and an accommodation space in the body, a movable member arranged in the accommodation space and configured to rotate relative to the snap-fit member, and a connector fixed to the movable member and configured to electrically couple the UAV and a photographing device carried by the gimbal. The connector is in a to-be-connected status when the movable member is at a first position. The movable member and the snap-fit member are in a locked status when the movable member is at a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yongjie Huang, Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 11377230
    Abstract: A transverse framework for an avionics bay of an aircraft is delimited by a primary structure and a floor, the transverse framework having a mesh structure with square and/or rectangular mesh cells. According to one arrangement, an avionics bay of an aircraft includes two longitudinal rows of avionics racks, parallel to the longitudinal direction and arranged on each side of a clear zone, and a transverse avionics rack supported by the transverse framework situated to the rear of the two longitudinal rows of avionics racks at the rear boundary of the avionics bay. This transverse framework makes it possible to optimize the space occupied by the avionics bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Laurent Saint-Marc, Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 11377194
    Abstract: The present disclosure corresponds to a floating floor attachment device connecting a flooring panel to a structural floor comprising a floor puck fixed to the structural floor and a puck housing connected to the flooring panel. The puck housing has a receptacle connected to the floor puck, wherein the receptacle forms with the floor puck a gap, which allows the floor puck to move within the receptacle. Additionally, the floating floor attachment device includes a gap control media, which is connected between the floor puck and the receptacle, wherein the gap control media allows aligning the floor puck with respect to the puck housing during non-load conditions and provide resistance to displacement to the floor puck during load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Techno-Coatings, Inc.
    Inventors: Tuan Huat Jerry Koh, Steven G. Voras
  • Patent number: 11371807
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective material (1), in particular a textile protective material, having a protection function against fragments, stabbing, cutting, firearms and/or shocks, preferably for the protection and/or covering of articles (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: BL√úCHER GMBH
    Inventors: Katrin Freier, Bertram Böhringer
  • Patent number: 11371816
    Abstract: A smoke device comprises a container, a base/base plate, a plate having at least one exit hole, a blend of chemicals contained in the container and a mechanical means by which generated smoke is prevented from directly exiting through the at least one exit hole without first being redirected in one or more directions. The mechanical means by which generated smoke is prevented from directly exiting through the at least one exit hole without first being redirected in one or more directions may include a plurality of baffles which have at least one hole therein and a plurality of chambers formed by the plurality of baffles. Each baffle has holes offset from holes in an adjacent baffle. The plurality of baffles may be spaced apart by using support posts and/or can be supported by support rings and/or can be supported by support pins and/or can be supported by support brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: James Rose, John Perriam
  • Patent number: 11365001
    Abstract: A system for propulsion management of an electric aircraft. The system includes an electric aircraft that is configured to transition between a hover state and a fixed-wing flight state. The electric aircraft includes at least one set of a plurality of propulsors that are coupled to the electric aircraft. The system includes a flight controller that is coupled to the electric aircraft. The flight controller is configured to detect a state transition of the electric aircraft from the hover state to the fixed-wing flight state. The flight controller is configured to send a parking or unparking command to the at least one set of a plurality of propulsors to reduce air drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Woodall, Riley Griffin, Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11368002
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle mountable to an aerial conductor of an electricity transmission line to monitor a component. The unmanned aerial vehicle has a body having a propulsion system to lift, lower, and navigate the vehicle. A component monitoring tool is mounted to the body and is vertically displaceable between a first position and a second position. The tool in the first position is vertically spaced from the component. The tool in the second position is engaged with the component. A displacement assembly is mounted to at least one of the body and the tool and includes at least one displacement member to displace the body and the tool along the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUEBEC
    Inventors: Samuel Lavoie, Matthieu Montfrond, Eric Lavoie
  • Patent number: 11360236
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system comprising a plurality of autonomous units within a geographical region, each configured with a sensor array and a cognitive emission and air pollutant mapping module that enables them to map their surrounding environment and sense and overlay pollutant and emissions data onto said map, including cameras and object detection algorithms for tracking and photographing pollutant sources. Each unit securely transmits the fused map and pollutant source data to one or more servers that compile a complete 3D map of the geographical area overlaid with pollution data which is updated in real time, and also notify relevant third parties to action pollutant sources within the area. The system can further comprise a plurality of smart light poles for displaying pollution data and advisory notices to citizens within sub-regions of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Prathamesh Khedekar
  • Patent number: 11358717
    Abstract: A remotely controlled unmanned aerial device for use in proximity or in contact with high voltage powerlines, includes an unmanned aerial vehicle and an electrically conductive shield forming part of or operatively coupled to so as to encapsulate the unmanned aerial vehicle. When in the presence of a high voltage powerline, the unmanned aerial vehicle either when bonded-on or within the corresponding magnetic fields of the powerline, so as to transfer the powerline potential in whole or in part to the unmanned aerial vehicle, electrically energizes the conductive shield around the unmanned aerial vehicle while leaving components of the unmanned aerial vehicle within the shield substantially electrically unaffected by the voltage potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventors: David Karl Wabnegger, Daniel Neil O'Connell
  • Patent number: 11352145
    Abstract: A fastening system for passenger seats in a vehicle cabin has two or more guide rails to be integrated into or onto a cabin floor, and a plurality of slides, to be brought into engagement with the guide rails and having a flange for connection to a passenger seat in order to retain the passenger seat on a guide rail. Each guide rail has a profile cross section, perpendicularly to a main axis of extent, having a base region and a supporting region. Each slide has a cavity of complementary design with the profile cross section. The guide rails have a plurality of transverse openings spaced apart from one another between the base region and the supporting region. At least one slide has a displaceably mounted retaining body which, when the slide is in engagement with the guide rail, can be brought into engagement with one of the transverse openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 11352136
    Abstract: A payload module of a stratospheric drone including a casing (10), and payload equipment contained in the casing (10), wherein the casing includes a support structure (12) and a cover (15), the support structure being suitable for attachment to the drone at the front end thereof, relative to the direction of movement of the drone, and for extending forward from said front end, and in that the cover (15) and the payload equipment are supported by the support structure (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space SAS
    Inventors: Pierre-Luc Georgy, Pere Roca
  • Patent number: 11340052
    Abstract: A wing deployment initiator initiates penetration of frangible cover seals by missile guidance wings during wing deployment. The initiator includes a central, rotatable hub extending above a baseplate. Lobes extending from the hub prevent rotation of associated flippers by torsion springs. Locking and deployment tabs extend from the flippers into corresponding notches in proximal ends of the wings. The locking tabs prevent deployment of the wings until the central hub is rotated, whereupon the flippers are released, causing the deployment tabs to transfer deployment energy from the torsion springs to the wings. The hub can be rotated by an electrical actuator such as a solenoid or motor, or the lobes can be rotationally offset so that feedback pressure from the flippers applies a torque to the hub, and missile electronics can cause a wing control surface to inhibit and then enable hub rotation via a rocker link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Cleveland
  • Patent number: 11332246
    Abstract: Container retention and release apparatus are disclosed. An example container retention and release apparatus includes an actuator, a swaybrace coupled to the actuator, and a clamp pivotally coupled to the swaybrace. The clamp pivots between a clamping position to retain a container and a release position to release a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Cory Gordon Keller, James V. Eveker
  • Patent number: 11325702
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for an aerial drone system including a drone system controller, at least one working drone (101), and a plurality of support drones (103). The working drone (101) is operated by the drone system controller (125) to adjust a position of the working drone (101). A tether line (105) coupled to the working drone (101) provides electrical power to the working drone (101). The support drones (103) are each coupled to the tether line (105) at a different location along the tether line (105) forming a tethered aerial drone system. Each support (drone 103) supports a portion of the weight of the tether line (105) and is operated by the drone system controller (125) to adjust the position of the tether line (105) by adjusting the position of one or more of the support drones (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Artur Zawadzki, Rafal Leszek Adamski, Michal Slusarczyk
  • Patent number: 11320243
    Abstract: The system and method of improving the analysis of and implementation of a combat identification (CID) server system including providing correlation reports. There are at least two forms of correlation report, namely incident report and a summation report. The summation report has two types of totals, a summary total of all interrogations, and a breakdown of totals based on the Source JU. In one example, a correlated incident would be the combination of a Lock On or Mark Point with a Weapon Release, Disengage, or Attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Jack L. Gold
  • Patent number: 11320240
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a firearm which may include a frame with a first outer wall, and a second outer wall opposite the first outer wall. A laser module may be disposed between the first and second outer walls. An alignment pin may be in communication with the first outer wall and may be configured to move the laser module relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Crosman Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Kowalczyk, Jr., Jeffrey W. Mock, Jeffrey D. Tuller
  • Patent number: 11313656
    Abstract: A fin deployment mechanism for a projectile to release the fins laterally or radially. This pop-out type of mechanism therefore avoids need for a sabot for projectile launching purposes. By avoiding the weight and space usage of a sabot, there can be increased length and volume for the warhead and projectile, at the same weight burden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Seungeuk Han
  • Patent number: 11313642
    Abstract: A valve system utilizes a main valve body with a restricted diameter conduit communicating between a propulsion chamber and rear cavity and a smaller venting valve mechanically actuated to open the rear cavity to atmosphere, thereby causing the main valve body to open to pass pressurized air in the propulsion chamber to an orifice to power a projectile. The orifice has a diameter at least as large as the dimeter of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Vmarex USA, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Robert DiBlasio, Ben Noji, Ross James Jutras, Stephen J. Hague