Patents Examined by Brian M O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10843783
    Abstract: A vacuum lighter than air vehicle (VLTAV) includes a rigid frame of rods connected together to form a hexakis icosahedron. A membrane skin covers the rigid frame and defines therewith a vessel configured to hold an internal vacuum that allows the vessel to float in the air. The plurality of rods and membrane skin have weights and dimensions that result in a neutral and/or positive buoyancy for the vessel while preventing geometric instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Brian Cranston, Anthony Palazotto
  • Patent number: 10843822
    Abstract: A constellation of satellites includes a first plurality of satellites orbiting at a first inclination, wherein the first plurality of satellites are each in a discrete planar orbit to form a first snake of satellites, the first snake of satellites including adjacent satellites in adjacent orbits having adjacent RAAN (Right Ascension of the Ascending Node).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan F. C. Herman, Stephen Mance, Paul Forquera, Mark Krebs
  • Patent number: 10836505
    Abstract: An aircraft system includes a component configured to operate with a minimum power demand. The aircraft system also includes an auxiliary power unit including an engine. The auxiliary power unit is configured to power the component and to operate the engine in a plurality of operating modes including a power mode and a standby mode. The auxiliary power unit generates a first power output at least equal to the minimum power demand during the power mode. The auxiliary power unit generates a second power output less than the minimum power demand during the standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony C. Jones, Behzad Hagshenas
  • Patent number: 10836474
    Abstract: An example aircraft includes (i) a landing gear having a chassis, an axle, and wheels mounted to ends of the axle; (ii) a hydraulic actuator including a cylinder, a first piston coupled to the chassis, and a second piston coupled to the axle; and (iii) a directional control valve including: inlet ports configured to be fluidly coupled to a source of pressurized fluid, tank ports configured to be fluidly coupled to a tank, and workports configured to be fluidly coupled to the hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary M. Lindahl, Mitchell L. R. Mellor, Brian P. Salsbery
  • Patent number: 10836489
    Abstract: A cabin monument for an aircraft includes a floor panel, which forms a base surface of the cabin monument, and a surrounding sidewall which defines an interior space of the cabin monument. The surrounding sidewall is assembled from a first wall part and a second wall part which is coupled to this. Provision is made on at least one of the wall parts for a fixing section which is overlapped by the floor panel. Also described is an aircraft which features such a cabin monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Staub, Thorsten Otto, Markus Schumacher, Andreas Heidtmann, Jana Witt
  • Patent number: 10836499
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mounting a turbine engine to an aircraft can include an engine core for the turbine engine including a compressor section, a combustor section, and a turbine section in flow arrangement. At least one strut couples to the engine core about a single mount plane. A structural wall at least partially defining a mainstream flow path couples to the at least one strut and passes through the compressor section and the turbine section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Arthur Gould, Martin Miles D'Angelo, Daniel Waslo, Brian Lewis Devendorf, Mark Gregory Wotzak
  • Patent number: 10836463
    Abstract: A floor panel connection system for attaching a floor panel to an aircraft airframe is disclosed. The connection system includes a vertical load resisting coupling device and a shear load resisting coupling device to connect the floor panel to the airframe and resist forces applied to the panel. The vertical load resisting coupling device is configured to resist forces perpendicular to a top facial plane of the floor panel, without significantly resisting lateral forces. The shear load resisting coupling device is configured to resist forces parallel to the top facial plane of the floor panel, without significantly resisting vertical forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mills, Timothy M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10829219
    Abstract: A trash can device for an aircraft lavatory unit is provided, including: a waste container in a storage chamber of the aircraft lavatory unit; a chute, disposed above the waste container, including a trash feed opening formed at a section of the chute corresponding to a trash feed port of a panel sectioning off the storage chamber; and a waste flap that opens and closes the trash feed opening. A fire spreading prevention space is formed below the chute in a state when the waste flap is positioned in a closed position in which the trash feed opening is closed by the waste flap. The trash can device is provided with a holding/moving portion of the waste flap, the holding/moving portion holds the waste flap in an open position in which the trash feed opening is opened and moves the waste flap to the closed position when exposed to heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Koyama
  • Patent number: 10822118
    Abstract: One variation of a tram system includes: a chassis; a latch configured to selectively engage a latch receiver mounted to an aircraft; an alignment feature adjacent the latch and configured to engage an alignment receiver mounted to the aircraft and to communicate acceleration and braking forces from the chassis into the aircraft; an optical sensor facing upwardly from the chassis; a drivetrain configured to accelerate and decelerate the chassis along a runway; and a controller configured to detect an optical fiducial arranged on the aircraft in optical images recorded by the optical sensor adjust a speed of the drivetrain to longitudinally align the alignment feature with the alignment receiver based on positions of the optical fiducial detected in the optical images, trigger the latch to engage the latch receiver once the aircraft has descended onto the chassis, and trigger the drivetrain to actively decelerate the chassis during a landing routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Ilya Daniel Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10822089
    Abstract: A waste bin device of an aircraft lavatory unit is provided. A chute, waste flap, and waste container are formed from a material having fire resistance performance. A fire spreading prevention space that prevents fire from spreading to the outside of a waste bin device main body due to a flame occurring when inserted waste catches fire is formed inside the waste bin device main body at a storing position of the waste container positioned with regard to a lower portion of the chute. A maintaining portion maintains the waste container at a storing position. The maintaining portion includes a first maintaining portion that maintains from a vertical direction a condition where an upper portion of the waste container and lower portion of the chute are aligned, and a second maintaining portion that maintains the condition from a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction, at the storing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Koyama, Yuji Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10822079
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aircraft designed as a compound helicopter with an aircraft fuselage, a main rotor arranged on the aircraft fuselage, and cyclogyro rotors which protrude laterally from the aircraft fuselage and which comprise an outer end surface. An improved torque compensation is achieved in that the cyclogyro rotors are connected to the aircraft fuselage by means of a suspension device which holds the cyclogyro rotors at the outer border of the rotors, and each cyclogyro rotor can be controlled individually and independently of the other. A torque compensation function of the main rotor can be carried out by the cyclogyro rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CYCLOTECH GMBH
    Inventor: Meinhard Schwaiger
  • Patent number: 10814967
    Abstract: A cargo transportation system includes a cargo platform having an upper surface and a perimeter. A propulsion system is disposed about the perimeter of the cargo platform. The propulsion system includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies, each including a propulsion unit disposed within a housing defining an airflow channel having an air inlet for incoming air and an air outlet for outgoing air such that the outgoing air is operable to generate at least vertical lift. A power system disposed within the cargo platform provides energy to drive the propulsion system. A flight control system operably associated with the propulsion system and the power system controls flight operations of the cargo transportation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk Landon Groninga, Daniel Bryan Robertson, Brett Rodney Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10814992
    Abstract: A power source for an aircraft including a solid oxide fuel cell and a proton exchange membrane fuel cell along with a solid oxide fuel cell multi-power source. At least one battery is electrically coupled to the solid oxide fuel cell, the proton exchange membrane fuel cell, and an aircraft distribution network to supply electricity to the aircraft and also for becoming recharged by the solid oxide fuel cell and the proton exchange membrane fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Colin John Halsey, Michael David Bailey
  • Patent number: 10814979
    Abstract: One embodiment of a vertical take-off and landing aircraft held aloft by way of one or more powered assemblies of wing type elements capable of generating aerodynamic lift by means of rotation. A main body having an integrated means for directing air impelled from an inlet, by way of one or more powered impellers, through a cavity, acting as a duct, to an outlet. At least one movable surface located in sufficient proximity to the outlet to direct expelled air in a vectored manner providing a means of affecting the motion of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Taylor Chad Crowder
  • Patent number: 10814995
    Abstract: A nacelle mounted above a wing of an aircraft. A support structure on the nacelle above the pylon resists forces in different directions, and includes door supports allowing the door to be opened upwardly. A retaining structure on the pylon below the nacelle resists forces in different directions, and includes a fixed support track and multiple keepers. Each keeper includes a first end which slides within the channel, and a second end which engages a latch on the closed door. A pylon below the nacelle supports the nacelle and an engine in the nacelle above the wing, increases aerodynamic efficiency, and may include a side spar for supporting the engine from the side. A fire seal assembly includes a depressor surface and a fire seal, and the latter does not contact the former until the door is almost closed, so that compression is substantially direct and scrubbing is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Ray West
  • Patent number: 10814993
    Abstract: A turbofan engine may comprise an inlet and a fan case coupled to the inlet. An engine case may be coupled to the fan case via a vane extending between the fan case and the engine case. A strut apparatus may extend from the fan case and limit deflection of the fan case. The strut apparatus may comprise a first end proximate the fan case, and a second end coupled to at least one of the engine case or a structure for mounting the turbofan engine to an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nigel David Sawyers-Abbott, Frederick M. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10816999
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a rotorcraft includes: a flight control computer configured to: receive a first sensor signal from a first aircraft sensor of the rotorcraft; receive a second sensor signal from a second aircraft sensor of the rotorcraft, the second aircraft sensor being different from the first aircraft sensor; combine the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal with a complementary filter to determine an estimated vertical speed of the rotorcraft; adjust flight control devices of the rotorcraft according to the estimated vertical speed of the rotorcraft, thereby changing flight characteristics of the rotorcraft; and reset the complementary filter in response to detecting the rotorcraft is grounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Dafydd Gillett, Sung Kyun Kim, Robert Earl Worsham, II
  • Patent number: 10807704
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear comprising at least an axle carried in the bottom portion of the landing gear, a wheel provided with a rim mounted on the axle of the landing gear via bearings in order to rotate about an axis of rotation, a brake threaded on the axle and including a torque tube extending around the axle, friction members mounted around the torque tube and extending between the torque tube and the rim of the wheel, and at least one brake actuator designed for selectively exerting a braking force on the friction members, the brake actuator being carried by an actuator carrier to which the torque tube is secured, and a rotary drive for driving the wheel in rotation comprising firstly an actuator for driving the wheel in rotation and secondly a transmission member for selectively transmitting movement in rotation from the rotation actuator to the rim of the wheel and extending between the axle and the torque tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Mathieu Daffos, Nicolas Darraillans
  • Patent number: 10807722
    Abstract: A cabin air compressor (CAC) motor cooling flow enhancement cowl includes a cowl body contoured to extend from a CAC motor cooling duct discharge of a ram air outlet header. The cowl body includes a backward facing step to form an air dam in a ram air flow path to divert ram system air away from the CAC motor cooling duct discharge. The CAC motor cooling flow enhancement cowl also includes a coupling interface formed at an upstream end of the cowl body to engage with a transition edge of the CAC motor cooling duct discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 10799733
    Abstract: The firefighting helicopter fans comprise a left pivoting cowled fan and a right pivoting cowled fan mounted onto the sides of a helicopter. The fans may be used to create an airstream, which counters the prevailing wind and/or blows flames and embers away from unburned materials. The fans are each protected by a cowl that surrounds the blades to protect the blades and direct the airstream. The left pivoting cowled fan and the right pivoting cowled fan are each coupled to the helicopter by a pivot axis and a pivot motor which allows the fanes to be aim directly forward, directly down, or any angle in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Juan Cabrera