Patents Examined by Lulit Semunegus
  • Patent number: 6983698
    Abstract: A shaped charge explosive device which includes an axially symmetric body of explosive material, a liner lining the forward end of the body, and a detonator disposed at the bottom of the body. The liner has an apex disposed along the symmetry axis of the body and the forward end of the body contains a gas filled cavity which overlaps the apex of the liner. When the detonator detonates the explosive material, a detonation wave is produced that collapses the liner into a plurality of liner parts which are projected against an external target. The gas filled cavity shapes the detonation wave so that the detonation wave impacts the liner at the most favorable angle to transfer energy to the liner and maximize the effective penetration of the external target by the projected liner parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William Walters, Daniel R. Scheffler
  • Patent number: 6971314
    Abstract: Mines are fabricated in the form of munitions, specifically including cartridges for firearms and several types of grenade, including both hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades, the cartridges containing either very high energy explosives or very high temperature burning materials, that upon ignition will at least destroy the firearm in which fired or may exert lethal force against the user, while such mines in the form of grenades will explode immediately upon being activated rather than exhibit the expected time delay, both types of mines being supplied surreptitiously to an enemy force for its unknowing use, thereby to direct the lethal effect of such munitions against those enemy forces rather than the friendly forces as the enemy forces would have intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Brian Maguire
  • Patent number: 6971202
    Abstract: A gas operated action for auto-loading guns may comprise a receiver, a biasing spring, a bolt-carrier reciprocable within the receiver, a bolt having a cam pin, and an action rod fixedly attached to the receiver. The cam pin may engage the action rod during recoil travel of the bolt and bolt-carrier, thereby preventing rotation of the bolt when the cam pin is engaged with the action rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Terrence Bender
  • Patent number: 6959703
    Abstract: A paintball gun throttle regulator device includes a body, an adjusting bolt, an elastic element, an adjusting piston, and a cocking. The body comprises a piston chamber, an air chamber next to the piston chamber, and a connecting chamber. The piston chamber and the connecting chamber are formed with threads inside and comprise air release holes, respectively. The air chamber is interconnected with the connecting chamber by through holes. The air chamber comprises an air outlet. The adjusting bolt is threadedly connected to the piston chamber with one end engaging with one end of the elastic element which has another end engaged with one end of the adjusting piston. The adjusting piston is slid into the piston chamber. The adjusting piston has another end secured with one end of the cocking. The cocking has another end extending through the piston chamber and the air chamber and into the connecting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Steven Spurlock, Hsin Cheng Yeh
  • Patent number: 6957792
    Abstract: A lifting arrangement for aircraft fuselages that consists of placing longitudinal vertical or slanted fins or plates on the lower and lateral lower part of the whole fuselage, said fins forming a channel with the underside of the fuselage, including nose, fuselage and tail, open on their lower area. Further adding longitudinal horizontal or laterally slanted fins on the lateral middle or middle-to-low area of the fuselage and with a positive slope up to the nose with said fins arranged in such a way that the upper fins are projected increasingly laterally, and because of this arrangement and their slope up to the nose, the air flow is directed downward and backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: Manuel Munoz Saiz
  • Patent number: 6942186
    Abstract: The present invention improves the orbital maneuvering and power generation capabilities of a system of a satellite(s) connected with a conducting tether(s) by spinning the system about its mass center at an angular rate which is relatively high compared to the average orbital rate. An improvement in tether performance is achieved because at many times during rotation the tether is positioned at much better angles with the magnetic field and significantly higher currents are driven through the tether without destabilizing the system. The current can flow either in the direction of the EMF induced in the tether, or in the reverse direction, depending on the tether orientation with respect to the magnetic field and the mission goals. The reverse current is driven by the onboard power sources. Spinning electrodynamic tether systems can also be lighter and simpler in design and more flexible in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Star Technology and Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene M. Levin, Joseph A. Carroll
  • Patent number: 6925997
    Abstract: The invention relates to a paintgun with pneumatic feeding and discharging process characterized by a pneumatic delivery mechanism. The pneumatic delivery mechanism comprises a flow-guiding body forming a major air channel at front end and a flow-guiding chamber at rear end thereof, a flow-guiding movable body utilizing a valve body to divide the flow-guiding chamber into a front and a rear air pressure chamber with different pressure area and a delivery tube placed around a tube at front part of the flow-guiding body. Moreover, a stopper controls the opening or closing of air flow channel, thereby changing the pressure difference between the front and the rear air pressure chambers. The delivery tube is shifted forward by a small amount of air flow fed into a minor air channel for pushing a paintball a little forward. Thereafter, the paintball is discharged by thrust of air flow into the major air channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Chih-Sheng Sheng
  • Patent number: 6921046
    Abstract: A centerline mounted overbalanced multiple main jet engine configuration. The multiple jet engines are centerline mounted rather than parallel offset. While each jet engine is a “main” engine, capable of safely operating the aircraft in the event of a failure of the other engines, the engines are overbalanced in the sense that at least one of the main engines has substantially greater thrust than the other main engines. All of the main engines operate at critical periods of flight, but only one or the other of the main engines operates at other periods. The configuration of this invention combines the efficiency and performance of a single engined aircraft with enhanced safety advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: 3X Jet Aircraft Company
    Inventor: Richard J. Bacon
  • Patent number: 6920826
    Abstract: An energy supply device for a mortar fuse includes a housing, a driven rotary shaft including a cylindrical shaft surface rotatably disposed in a stationary cylindrical bearing surface in the housing, and a fan connected to the shaft for rotating the shaft in a single direction of rotation in a speed range of 30,000-50,000 rpm. Either of the cylindrical bearing surface or the cylindrical shaft surface has a destructible coating of polytetrafluoroethylene, the coating having a thickness in the range of 0.02-0.03 mm, and being destructible in response to rotation of the shaft in the speed range for a period of time no longer than 5 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Junghans Feinwerktechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Kienzler, Jürgen Voigt, Wolfgang Schillinger, Herbert Höni
  • Patent number: 6913225
    Abstract: A construction intended for a carrier rocket or a satellite, comprising a first construction part (21), which is made of a composite material comprising two essentially parallel walls (23, 24) and a core (25) arranged between these walls, a second construction part (22) and means (26, 31; 26?, 31, 39) for joining the first and the second construction parts (21, 22). Said means (26, 31; 26?, 31, 39) comprising a first fastening element (26) provided with several threads (27), or several first fastening elements (26, 26?) provided with at least one thread (27) each, said first fastening element/elements (26; 26?) being arranged between the walls (23, 24) of the first construction part (21) in such a way that the threads (27) are accessible via the end surface (28) of the first construction part that faces the second construction part (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Saab Ericsson Space AB
    Inventors: Örjan Arulf, Jörgen Remmelg, Rolf Thörnkvist
  • Patent number: 6912806
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for feeding cartridges (15) from magazines to small arms, in particular to rifles with a cartridge feed device (3-7, 25-29), which transports the cartridges from a tubular magazine (11) to the barrel (1) by means of a device, in particular a rocker/spoon (3, 25-29). Said device comprises a breech, which receives the cartridges from the cartridge feed device, slides them into the barrel and closes the latter. The rocker/spoon of the cartridge feed device can be removed from the intermediate chamber between the tubular magazine and the lock (13) and an interchangeable cartridge magazine (16) can be inserted in the empty intermediate chamber (21). In a first embodiment, the rocker (3) can be displaced from a front position into a rear position. In a second embodiment, the rocker (3) can be pivoted from an upper, approximately horizontal position into a lower, approximately perpendicular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Lars Malindretos
  • Patent number: 6905092
    Abstract: An airfoil having a fore airfoil element, an aft airfoil element, and a slot region in between them. These elements induce laminar flow over substantially all of the fore airfoil element and also provide for laminar flow in at least a portion of the slot region. The method of the invention is one for inducing natural laminar flow over an airfoil. In the method, a fore airfoil element, having a leading and trailing edge, and an aft airfoil element define a slot region. Natural laminar flow is induced over substantially all of the fore airfoil element, by inducing the pressures on both surfaces of the fore airfoil element to decrease to a location proximate the trailing edge of the fore airfoil element using pressures created by the aft airfoil element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Airfoils, Incorporated
    Inventor: Dan M. Somers
  • Patent number: 6902137
    Abstract: A door latch mechanism mounted in a door frame cooperates with a door bolt separating the cockpit compartment on an aircraft from the passenger compartment. The mechanism prevents a hijacker from entering the cockpit compartment and allows the door to open rapidly when a catastrophic decompression event occurs in the airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Adams Rite Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Marek S. Brzeski, Darrell James, Hiep Vo
  • Patent number: 6899033
    Abstract: A firecracker packaging is provided which enables both carrying a single ignition detonation of a large number of firecrackers in an attractive package resembling a giant firecracker. At least one and preferably a plurality of spiral-wound strings of firecrackers having interconnected fuses are stacked together in a substantially cylindrical stack, covered by wrapping, and a handle extends from one end of the wrapping. The handle is preferably a length of line. Binding is positioned between the strings and the wrapping to retain the cylindrical configuration of the strings. Connecting fuses between adjacent strings permit ignition of the woven individual firecracker fuses in one string to lead to ignition of the woven individual firecracker fuses of the adjacent string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Jake's Fireworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. Marietta
  • Patent number: 6895864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a segmented subcaliber projectile (1) subdivisible into a number of separate segments contiguous with each other at least initially to form an integral projectile of united segments or submunitions (5). The advantage with this subcaliber projectile is that since the segments or submunitions (5) are arranged sequentially after each other, each one comprises an explosive charge (7) initiatable by a very powerful shock and encased in an outer casing (6) of hard material such that the projectile in integral form can be used directly against heavy armor, and by means of dispersion of the various segments can also be used against aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Borfors Defence AB
    Inventor: Torsten Ronn
  • Patent number: 6889464
    Abstract: To make a composite gun barrel, an inner barrel of a hard refractory material is formed and a composite jacket formed over it to increase the stiffness and strength while not adding excessive weight. The tows in the external jacket are varied in pitch along the barrel to decrease the amplitude of vibrations of a muzzle during firing. High thermal conductivity material is added to the resin to increase thermal conductivity. In the preferred embodiment, the thermally conductive material is chopped pitch-based carbon fibers and these are randomly oriented. A gas port is added and shielded from the composite material and a metal muzzle piece protects the composite from hot gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: Michael K. Degerness
  • Patent number: 6886285
    Abstract: A three-position safety for a firearm is provided that includes a lever that is rotatable from a first position wherein the bolt and the firing pin are unlocked, to a second position wherein the bolt is unlocked and the firing pin is locked, to a third position wherein the bolt and the firing pin are locked. A detent member has a detent surface to mate with detent apertures on the end of the bolt. When the safety lever is in a first position or a second position, a gap exists between the shaft of the plunger and the detent member allowing for rotational movement of the bolt relative to a cocking piece housing. When the safety lever is in a third position, the shaft of the plunger contacts the detent member such that no rotational movement of the bolt is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Kimber IP, LLC
    Inventors: Nehemia Sirkis, Peter J. Hylenski
  • Patent number: 6883261
    Abstract: Integral extensions to aid in the extraction of ammunition magazines from ammunition pouches are provided in three embodiments. In this embodiment, the sides of an ammunition magazine are extended, either by molding or affixing a handle directly to the sides of the magazine, to provide a handle. This embodiment provides a more steam-lined handle adapted for use specifically in the extraction of magazines from ammunition pouches and other storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Richard M. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 6883752
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine for an aircraft is described. The internal combustion engine includes a crankshaft defining first and second ends, a propeller, and a transmission disposed between the first end of the crankshaft and the propeller, operatively connecting the propeller to the crankshaft. A torsion bar is disposed between the first end of the crankshaft and the transmission, operatively connecting the crankshaft to the transmission. A torsional vibration damper is operatively connected at one of the first and the second ends of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Thomas Koch, Johann Bayerl
  • Patent number: 6877266
    Abstract: A firearm support apparatus for supporting a firearm during the discharge of the firearm. The firearm support apparatus includes a front support assembly being designed for being positioned on a support surface. The front support assembly is designed for engaging and supporting a front portion of the firearm above the support surface. The front assembly is designed for altering an angle of the firearm with respect to a target to accommodate for wind. A rail assembly is operationally coupled to the front support assembly whereby the front support assembly is selectively positionable along a length of the rail assembly. A rear support assembly is operationally coupled to the rail assembly opposite the front support assembly. The rear support assembly is designed for supporting a rear portion of the firearm when the front portion of the firearm is supported by the front support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Wally Brownlee