Patents Examined by James S. Bergin
  • Patent number: 10852117
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for firing an electronic detonator including a power storage unit including receiving, via the electronic detonator, a firing order. The following steps are implemented as long as the delay time associated with the electronic detonator has not elapsed since the reception of the firing order: measuring power stored in the power storage unit, and firing the electronic detonator when the measured stored power is less than or equal to a predetermined power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: DAVEY BICKFORD
    Inventor: Franck Guyon
  • Patent number: 10845172
    Abstract: A cartridge incorporating a projectile assembly, the projectile assembly having a base, mid body component housing a marking powder and lighter metallic nose cap. The projectile's mid-body component undergoes wall failure at impact, the wall failure is induced as forward momentum of the base and other residual forces act to expel the marking powder from the projectile, the manner of ejection suspending a low density material with contrast dye, in the vicinity of the impact, providing a gunner with visual cue in regard to a projectile's impact location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NOSTROMO, LLC
    Inventors: Marcelo Moreno, Nicolas Horacio Bruno
  • Patent number: 10845169
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition cartridge having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and one or more pads positioned on the recess bottom; a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture to extend at least partially over the recess bottom and adapted to receive a polymer overmolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10809043
    Abstract: A high strength polymer-based cartridge casing inclosing a volume includes a first end having a mouth, a neck extending away from the mouth, a shoulder extending below the neck and away from the first end, a cartridge body formed below the shoulder, a insert attached to the cartridge body opposite the shoulder, and a projectile disposed in the mouth having a particular caliber. The neck has a neck thickness that is about 25% to about 125% greater than a standard neck thickness for the particular caliber as detailed by a standards organization. Also, the neck, the shoulder, and the cartridge body are formed from a polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PCP Tactical, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Padgett, Lanse Padgett
  • Patent number: 10775143
    Abstract: The system and method for accurately determining range-to-go for a time-delayed command detonation of a projectile. Using dual laser and/or radio frequency detectors on the tail and on the nose of a spinning projectile to determine the range-to-go, time-to-go, and/or lateral offset from the projectile to the target. A time to detonation clock is used to determine when a projectile transitions from an exterior to an interior of a structure such that the projectile can more accurately detonate within a fixed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Choiniere, Bruce Winker
  • Patent number: 10773804
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a cabin of a passenger aircraft that includes 5-abreast passenger accommodation suites, each including a privacy wall and a seat movable between a seating position and a lie-flat bed position, and adapted to be laterally positioned in the aircraft cabin in respective adjacent outboard, middle and inboard positions. Three of the suites are adapted to be positioned in a longitudinally-offset position in relation to each other and defining respective ingress/egress paths to a cabin aisle extending along a longitudinal axis of the aircraft cabin adjacent the third suite. Two of the suites are positioned in a longitudinally-offset position in relation to each other and defining respective ingress/egress paths on the opposite side of the cabin aisle. At least some of the suites define an angular offset relative to the longitudinal axis of the cabin aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Javier Valdes De La Garza, Glenn A. Johnson, Daniel I. Udriste, Alexander N. Pozzi, Mark B. Dowty
  • Patent number: 10775139
    Abstract: An aerial shell comprising at least one combustible layer of combustible material, the at least one combustible layer including an outermost combustible layer surrounding the at least one combustible layer, the outermost combustible layer configured to ignite on substantially an entire outer surface, the outermost combustible layer including a relatively higher combustion rate than the at least one combustible layer; the at least one combustible layer including an innermost combustible layer surrounding and containing at least one pyrotechnic effect and a dispersive explosive charge; the at least one pyrotechnic effect is preferentially disposed with respect to the innermost combustible layer at least one of immediately adjacent including integral with an inner surface of the innermost combustible layer and spaced away from the inner surface of the innermost combustible layer; the at least one combustible layer configured to burn substantially throughout the at least one combustible layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DMD Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Naud
  • Patent number: 10753713
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a method of stamping a metal primer insert for a polymeric ammunition cartridge comprising the steps of: providing an insert blank for stamping; stamping the insert blank to form a top surface having a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; stamping the insert blank to form a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the flange to a coupling tip; stamping the insert blank to form an inner coupling element from the coupling tip to a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface is opposite the top surface; stamping the insert blank to form a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface; stamping the insert blank to form a primer flash aperture in the primer recess through the bottom surface; and stamping the insert blank to form a groove in the primer recess around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Burrow
  • Patent number: 10746518
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for truing a cartridge case with an apparatus including a frame defining a chamber and having a central axis, and a cartridge sleeve defining a cartridge passage with a passage surface for engaging the exterior surface of the body of the case, and a tool extending along the central axis of the frame with a tip end extending into the chamber. The frame may include a tool mandrel portion configured to mount the tool on the frame, and a sleeve mandrel portion configured to mount the cartridge sleeve on the frame. The sleeve mandrel portion may permit the cartridge sleeve and a cartridge case mounted thereon to translate with respect to the frame along the central axis of the frame, the sleeve mandrel portion permitting the cartridge sleeve and a cartridge case mounted thereon to rotate about the central axis with respect to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Alan R. Copenhaver
  • Patent number: 10737808
    Abstract: A spacecraft (10), comprising a body (12), a solar array (30) with a support panel (32) which is connected to the body, and a thermal radiator (50) that is connected to the body and which includes a radiator substrate (52) that is thermally coupled to the body via at least one heat link (64). The solar array and thermal radiator are configured to be transitioned from a stowed state wherein the support panel and the radiator substrate are held fixed in an overlapping arrangement along and near the body, to a deployed state wherein the solar array is unfolded with the support panel positioned at a distance from the body and the radiator substrate is folded away from the body and the solar array. Preferably, the solar array and thermal radiator are flexible, to allow them to be kept in an overlapping and temporarily bent shape in the stowed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Hendrik Cruijssen, Petrus Cornelis Datema, Bruin Benthem
  • Patent number: 10739116
    Abstract: A fireworks kit can have a set of fireworks having multiple fireworks of different types and a plurality of detonators in communication with the fireworks that are configured to launch or detonate a firework attached thereto. A remote controller or mobile device can be in communication with the detonators and operable to provide dynamic or user customizable control of detonation, launching, or ignition of the fireworks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Titan International Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin Wu
  • Patent number: 10739118
    Abstract: The invention provides a long range bullet. The bearing surface of the body of the bullet is provided with one or more annular narrows of which the combined length is at least one third of the length of the bearing surface of the bullet and which depth is between 0.005 mm up to half of the groove depth of a barrel in which the bullet is intended to shoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PEREGRINE BULLETS (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Alliwyn Johannes Oberholster
  • Patent number: 10724836
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some of the embodiments employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations, compositions, and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into entire cook-off mitigation systems for insensitive munitions improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz, Eric K. Wooding, Que T. BuiDang
  • Patent number: 10712134
    Abstract: A rocket propelled bullet assembly for increasing the effective range of a gun includes a shell casing that is positioned in a chamber of a gun and the shell casing has an open end. A first propellant is contained in the shell casing and the first propellant is ignited when the gun is fired. A bullet is positioned in the open end of the shell casing. The bullet is fired from the shell casing when the first propellant is ignited and the bullet is projected from the gun. A rocket unit is integrated into the bullet and the rocket unit fires when the bullet is fired from the shell casing. The rocket unit increases a velocity of the bullet when the bullet is traveling thereby increasing a range of the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Knoah Miani
  • Patent number: 10712141
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for use in actuating an electronic detonator in response to a shock tube event propagated through a shock tube, the sensor assembly including support, and at least one sensor on a surface of the support, the support being configured to position the at least one sensor displaced laterally from a line of action of the shock tube event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DETNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD.
    Inventor: Elmar Lennox Muller
  • Patent number: 10704875
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a construction method for improved tracer ammunition production. There is provided a method of forming a component for a round, said method comprising the step of causing said component to be drawn through at least one floating die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventor: John Frederick Legge
  • Patent number: 10704876
    Abstract: The present invention provides a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition and methods of forming a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Lee Boss, Lonnie Burrow, Michael Edward Godart, Jimmie Sloan, Andrew Rosek
  • Patent number: 10704878
    Abstract: The present invention provides a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition and methods of forming a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Lee Boss, Lonnie Burrow, Michael Edward Godart, Jimmie Sloan, Andrew Rosek
  • Patent number: 10704877
    Abstract: The present invention provides a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition and methods of forming a single piece polymer ammunition cartridge and polymer ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Lee Boss, Lonnie Burrow, Michael Edward Godart, Jimmie Sloan, Andrew Rosek
  • Patent number: 10690459
    Abstract: A fuze booster includes a first explosive charge having a cavity with an annular portion of the first explosive charge encircling a first axial portion of the cavity and a semi-annular portion partially encircling a second axial portion of the cavity. The annular portion abuts the semi-annular portion. An explosively-inert material abuts the semi-annular portion, abuts the annular portion, and partially encircles the second axial portion of the cavity. A second explosive charge abuts the explosively-inert material, abuts the semi-annular portion, and partially encircles the second axial portion of the cavity. The second axial portion of the cavity is thus completely encircled by a combination of the semi-annular portion, the explosively-inert material, and the second explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Mary H. Sherlock, Brian A. Cole, Kyle M. Beckett, Joshua E. Felts, Forrest R. Svingala, Reid M. McKeown, Harold W. Sandusky