Patents Examined by Jamie S Stehle
  • Patent number: 8844877
    Abstract: A passive non-ablating thermally protective structure body is disclosed. An improved-reliability heat pipe edge comprises a non-porous material formed into a wedge-shaped chamber, and a porous layer. The porous layer extends from interior surfaces of the non-porous material to provide capillary wicking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel E. Driemeyer, John C. Waldrop, III, Victor Blakemore Slaughter, Jonathan D. Embler, James P. Ledesma, Robert D. Keeler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8844879
    Abstract: A flexible tip for integration in a wing trailing edge employs a wing structure rear spar. A flexible upper skin is attached at a forward boundary to the spar and a rigid lower skin is interconnected to the flexible upper skin at a rigid tail piece. At least one actuation link is attached to the rigid tail piece and has a hinge at a forward edge of the rigid lower skin. At least one positioning slider is attached to the hinge which is movable from a neutral position to a first extended position urging the hinge aft for rotation of the rigid lower skin upward and flexing of the flexible upper skin in an upward camber and to a second retracted position urging the hinge forward for rotation of the rigid lower skin downward and flexing of the flexible upper skin in a downward camber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregory M. Santini
  • Patent number: 8833702
    Abstract: An autonomous system for a satellite which calculates collision paths of debris from anywhere within the spheroid around the satellite by using its radar/ladar data and from data on its own orbit derived by onboard sensors such as star, earth and sun sensors or from stored data sent from its ground control station through the satellite's command subsystem. If a collision would be likely, the system calculates the minimum change in the satellite's orbit to avoid such collision and generates and executes commands for firing on-board orbital control thrusters to put the satellite in a suitable avoidance orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Briskman
  • Patent number: 8814097
    Abstract: A mounting set for use in mounting an external stores to a mounting station of an aerospace vehicle includes a mounting bracket arrangement and a strap arrangement. The bracket arrangement is configured for selective reversible engagement with respect to the mounting station and for cooperating with the strap arrangement. The strap arrangement is configured for securing the bracket arrangement to the stores in load bearing abutment therewith to enable transfer of loads between the stores and the mounting station via said bracket arrangement, in operation of said mounting set. A mounting system is also provided for mounting an external stores to an aerospace vehicle having two or more mounting stations, including a mounting set for each mounting station. Mounting methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Israel Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 8800929
    Abstract: Under-wing pylon for an aircraft which has on the upper side a pin (2) for attaching to the fuselage or to the wings of the aircraft itself, and a connector (3) for connecting the pylon to the aircraft. The pylon has a monolithic framework made with stratified unidirectional and/or woven carbon fibres, impregnated with epoxy resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Staropoli, Marco Basaglia
  • Patent number: 8757551
    Abstract: A foreign object damage protection system comprises a sensor for detecting a foreign object, a fluid in a reservoir, a means for dispensing the fluid, the means for dispensing the fluid in communication with the reservoir, and a control unit, whereby when the sensor detects a foreign object, the control unit causes fluid to be dispensed from the reservoir through the means for dispensing and towards the foreign object. The sensor is attachable to one or more locations on an aircraft, such as a wing, nose, windshield, fuselage or tail. The sensor can be a radar sensor, weather radar sensor, weather radar sensor modified to detect objects at short ranges, infra-red sensor, forward-looking infrared sensor, a light detection and ranging sensor, motion sensor, thermal sensor, or video sensor. The system provides a way to protect an aircraft from striking foreign objects, such as birds, in the path of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Zamir Margalit
  • Patent number: 8708276
    Abstract: A lighter than air emergency beacon platform as part of a hydrogen generation and filtration apparatus includes at least one power source having at least one activation switch. At least one reaction chamber is electrically connected to the at least one reaction chamber by at least one low-resistance electrical conductor. The reaction chamber is configured to house a hydrogen generating material. At least one flow disruption chamber is in fluid communication with the reaction chamber. The flow disruption chamber(s) are configured to provide fluid communication with the next flow disruption chamber in the direction of fluid flow. At least one inflatable housing is configured to carry payload and is in fluid communication with the flow disruption chambers. The inflatable housing is detached from a fill tube to lift the payload above terrain blocking line-of-sight signal communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael L. Petersen, Thomas J. Groshens, Elsa J. Hennings
  • Patent number: 8707811
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spindle drive having a first load path which is formed by the spindle and having a second load path which is formed by a torsion bar which is exposed to torsion, which is arranged in the spindle and is connected to it such that a rotary movement is exerted onto the spindle in at least one state of the threaded drive by the torsion bar, with the spindle drive having a sensor unit which is made such that it detects a relative movement between the spindle and the torsion bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Frederick Bassett
  • Patent number: 8702042
    Abstract: A flow body is disclosed, particularly for aircraft. The flow body includes an outer side impinged on in a predetermined manner by a fluid in a direction of impinging flow, the flow body having on its outer side at least one flow control device including micro-perforations arranged in at least one segment of the outer side, at least one connecting passage communicated with the micro-perforations via at least one suction chamber so fluid flowing through the micro-perforations flows via the suction chamber into the connecting passage, at least one suction device having a first inlet communicated with the connecting passage, a second inlet communicated with at least one ram fluid feed line, wherein the ram fluid feed line is in a region of the flow body opposite to the direction of impinging flow of the flow body, and an outlet device for discharging the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Gerber, Geza Schrauf
  • Patent number: 8690104
    Abstract: A method of landing a capsule-spacecraft having a crew compartment containing crew, light cargo, and whatever other elements are associated with crew safety and comfort during emergency recovery, such as survival equipment and a service component including any propulsion components, heat shield, heavier structure, or other equipment not directly connected with the crew component. In the event of a propulsion system failure, the crew compartment component is immediately separated from the service component, either by automatic or crew action. One or more parachutes are then deployed by rapid methods, such as rocket extraction, from the crew compartment. Because the space craft is separated into two parts the weight of the parachutes is reduced in proportion as the weight of the crew compartment is to the total capsule-spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: HMX, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary C. Hudson
  • Patent number: 8686329
    Abstract: A compact, purely mechanical wing deployment assisting mechanism uses torsion springs and lever arms to apply a deploying force to a guidance wing during its initial deployment through a wing slot in a rocket or missile, thereby assisting the wing to burst through a cover seal protecting the wing slot. The wings are then fully deployed by centrifugal force. Various embodiments include two “extreme duty” springs and two lever arms per wing, working in parallel. Embodiments provide a total of at least 24 pounds of force per wing at the end of a spring travel of 0.30 inches. In some embodiments, the entire mechanism weighs less than 0.5 pounds and/or occupies less than 2.5 cubic inches per wing. In embodiments, an assembled group, including two springs and two lever arms, is located between each pair of wings, whereby each assembled group applies one lever arm to each adjoining wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Barry, Michael J. Krueger, Amy Pietrzak
  • Patent number: 8684314
    Abstract: For emergency piloting of a manual flight control system (7) of an aircraft (1), in the event of flexible connection means (26) breaking, an upstream control device (8) takes authority over the electronic control unit (29) of series actuator (21). An output pivoting quadrant (25) is subjected by a centering rod (22) to a blocking and centering action. In the event of the system breaking, the output pivoting quadrant (25) forms a bearing point for the series actuator (21), so that an emergency control actuate a airfoil surface (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Helicopter Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Chaduc, Patrick Hellio, Bernard Gemmati, Karsten Krok
  • Patent number: 8678317
    Abstract: A fastening assembly for the fastening of systems in an aircraft comprising frames, a skin, and clips between the skin and the frames. The fastening assembly includes: ramps, that extend between two consecutive frames of the aircraft; brackets for fastening the ramps to two of the clips situated respectively on two consecutive frames of the aircraft; system supports, fastened to the ramps, each system support being able to receive at least one system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Julie Holvoet, Maximilien Fauvet, Didier Reynes, Marc Tomasi, Laurent Rebolloso, Luc Michelet
  • Patent number: 8674278
    Abstract: A gun-fired projectile or ballistic missile (1) is equipped with a pair of canards (3) and an array of tail fins (2). Selected tail fins can be retracted or jettisoned following the ballistic phase to vary the geometry of the array from a rotationally symmetrical configuration to an asymmetric configuration for the glide phase, which together with the canards tends to stabilize the projectile in roll. The canards (3) can be independently extended and retracted with respect to the body of the projectile to generate differential lift for banking the projectile to turn. The canards (3) also preferably have a positive dihedral angle with respect to the intended gliding attitude. In an alternative embodiment the canards are replaced by functionally equivalent thrusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventors: Roy William Buckland, Stephen George Gladwell Smith
  • Patent number: 8668164
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for reducing the drag caused by a complex-section part in an airflow, for example the landing gear of an aircraft, making it possible to optimize the lift/drag ratio and to reduce the aerodynamic noise by reducing the local noise source. To do so, the complex-section part is masked with a special casing. More specifically, the aero-acoustically optimized complex-section metal mechanical part is fitted with an aerodynamically shaped cover made of several longitudinal parts articulated with hinges to facilitate their installation. This cover is attached to at least two supports placed away from one another along the axis of the part, each support locally mating with the section of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Christelle Seror Goguet
  • Patent number: 8662448
    Abstract: There is provided an insulation system and method for a transport vehicle. The system has first and second frame members; a first rigid foam insulation member extending between the first and second frame members; a second rigid foam insulation member, where a first sidewall of the first insulation member integrates with a second sidewall of the second insulation member; and, a third rigid foam insulation member where the second sidewall of the first insulation member integrates with a first sidewall of the third insulation member. Each of the insulation members is surrounded by a protective layer. When the insulation members are integrated, the second and third insulation members impart one or more compression forces on the first insulation member and on the first frame member in order to secure the first insulation member in place without use of any fastener device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Adam R. Weston, Guillaume Cousineau-Bouffard
  • Patent number: 8622349
    Abstract: A device for assisting the piloting of a rotorcraft, the rotorcraft having a flight control (10) for controlling a rotor (20, 21) via at least one linkage (35. An additional force is generated by at least one piloting assistance means (100) mechanically linked to the linkage (35. The additional force is a function of the position of the flight control (10) and of an instantaneous force as measured on the linkage (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Allieta, Bruno Chaduc, Jean-Francois Laffisse, Olivier Honnorat
  • Patent number: 8622342
    Abstract: Aircraft are provided with a pair of auxiliary power units (APUs) adjacently mounted in parallel relative to one another within the tail cone section of the aircraft's fuselage. In some embodiments, the APUs are mounted generally vertically adjacent to one another. Alternatively, the APUs may be mounted generally horizontally adjacent to one another. The aircraft fuselage may include a pair of downwardly and outwardly oriented strakes adjacent the tail cone having lower edges which establish a maximum take-off pitch angle of the fuselage and define a spatial zone therebetween. The APUs are positioned within such a spatial zone defined between the strakes so that the maximum take-off pitch angle is not required to be changed when modifying an existing single APU aircraft with dual APUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventor: Aldemiro Lorenzini Filho
  • Patent number: 8622334
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the noise penalty of a pusher propeller, allowing an aircraft to retain its advantages for UAV configurations, while allowing acoustic performance similar to that of a tractor propeller by reducing, or eliminating, propeller noise emissions. The system and method provide an airfoil-shaped flight surface with (i) a scoop configured to route boundary layer air and associated wake from said flight surface, and (ii) a suction device configured to provide a suction pressure, wherein the scoop routes boundary layer air from the flight surface to the suction device via an opening in the flight surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Drela, John Gundlach, Robert Parks, Adam Scott Ehrmantraut
  • Patent number: 8616502
    Abstract: A deployable solar panel assembly including a housing, a solar panel receivable in the housing, and first and second support structures disposed on the housing proximate the lateral edges of the solar panel. The first and second support structures each include an extension member connected to the housing and a pair of tethering members pivotably connected to the housing on opposite sides of the housing. The pair of tethering members are foldable against the housing and, upon deployment, a distal end of each tethering member projects outward from the opposite sides of the housing. The distal end of a deployed solar panel is supported in an extended position by the extension member, and supported against displacement out of the plane of the panel by tethers connected to the distal ends of the pair of tethering members. Spacecraft employing the deployable solar panel assembly and methods of deploying the assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ray A. Stribling, Allen D. Bakalyar