Patents Examined by Medhat Badawi
  • Patent number: 11912408
    Abstract: In various embodiments, specialized vehicle launch systems and methods are provided to enable personnel to launch and operate one or more UAVs from the safety of a vehicle or other mobile location. In various embodiments, a launch system comprises a launch device and an operator terminal. The launch device is adapted to be mounted on an exterior surface of a vehicle and is communicably coupled to the operator terminal, which is operable from the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle launch system allows an operator to control one or more UAVs from inside the vehicle, without requiring the operator to step outside of the vehicle to interact with the UAV or launch device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: FLIR Unmanned Aerial Systems AS
    Inventors: Erik Falk-Petersen, Martin Krafft, Jan Tronsdal
  • Patent number: 11912425
    Abstract: An aircraft propulsion unit includes an electric motor, at least one accessory unit used for operating the electric motor, an inverter module, the inverter module including a plurality of inverters for powering the electric motor and the at least one accessory unit, and a cooling system coupled to the electric motor and the inverter module, the cooling system comprising a coolant path for circulating a coolant through or adjacent to the electric motor and the at least one accessory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wagner, Bradley Landseadel, Joey Milia, Scott MacAfee, Martin van der Geest
  • Patent number: 11897637
    Abstract: A method of generating a momentum change in a vehicle by phase changing matter in a closed system is used to change the momentum of the vehicle without the need of a combustion system for propulsion. The method uses the multi-phase dynamics of fluidic matter to create a momentum differential within a closed system that results in a momentum excess that changes the overall momentum of the system. The change of the overall momentum of the system results in a change in motion of the vehicle. The momentum differential is achieved by phase changing the fluidic matter moving through a heat exchanger. The phase change of the fluidic matter is arranged so that the momentum of the fluidic matter is reduced as the fluidic matter leaves the heat exchanger. The reduction in momentum of the fluidic matter results in the momentum differential that changes the overall momentum of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Ivaylo Trendafilov Vasilev
  • Patent number: 11897600
    Abstract: An aircraft wing is disclosed herein having a fixed-location trip device placed along the span of the wing to transition airflow from laminar flow to turbulent flow so that potential load increases are limited and flight performance uncertainties associated with laminar flow wings are reduced. Wings designed for extended laminar flow offer the potential to significantly reduce airplane drag and fuel consumption. A collateral impact of a laminar flow wing is the generation of elevated wing loads at critical load conditions. This impact is mitigated by controlling the downstream limit of transition at these critical load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Crouch, Mary Indriani Sutanto, Gregory Dennis Miller
  • Patent number: 11897601
    Abstract: Aspects relate to aircraft and methods of use for aerodynamic control with winglet surfaces. In an aspect an exemplary aircraft includes a first wing having a first winglet at a distal end of the wing, wherein the first winglet comprises at least a first control surface at a first trailing edge of the first winglet and a second wing having a second winglet at a distal end of the wing, wherein the second winglet comprises at least a second control surface at a second trailing edge of the second winglet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: JetZero, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allan Page, Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Patent number: 11891196
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring, packaging, and deploying spacecraft are provided. More particularly, spacecraft are configured with statically mounted instruments. An end of the spacecraft to which the instruments are mounted is relatively distant from a spacecraft bus, and has a narrow width relative to the spacecraft bus. During launch multiple overlapping and interleaved spacecraft are disposed radially about a longitudinal axis of the launch vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Adam York, Corey Juarez
  • Patent number: 11884175
    Abstract: Battery powered quadrotors or drones have a limited operation time. To extend operation time, a powered tether can be used. This tether provides power to the drone allowing it to stay up indefinitely. Most tethered drones are captured to the base station. The tether can reel in and out as the drone moves, but the drone can't go higher or further than the maximum length of the tether. If the tether can be automatically disconnected, the drone could fly off for some remote mission, assuming the drone had an onboard power source such as rechargeable batteries. The present invention relates to a self-powered drone tether that comprises a rechargeable drone in flight which is referred to as the rechargeable drone, a drone that carries a powered tether which is referred to as the tether drone, a coupling mechanism between the rechargeable drone and the tether drone, and a base station with a powered tether and tether deployment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Robotic Research OpCo, LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Daniel Lacaze, Karl Nicholas Murphy, William Becker, Steven Rotundo
  • Patent number: 11884382
    Abstract: A wing tip device for a fixed wing aircraft is disclosed having an alular-like projection, a first leading edge region having a first sweep angle, a second leading edge region outboard of the first leading edge region in a spanwise direction and having a second sweep angle greater than the first sweep angle, a third leading edge region outboard of the second leading edge region in the spanwise direction and adjacent a tip end of the wing tip device and having a third sweep angle greater than the first sweep angle. The second leading edge region is adapted to generate a first vortex, and the third leading edge region is adapted to generate a second vortex which builds towards the tip end of the wing tip device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Norman Wood
  • Patent number: 11878802
    Abstract: A lavatory monument assembly that includes an enclosure having front and rear walls and that defines an enclosure interior. A divider wall that extends between the front and rear walls, and a divider door that is movable between closed and opened positions. In the closed position the divider door divides the enclosure interior into first and second lavatory interiors. The divider wall includes first and second sections and the divider door includes first and second portions that meet at an obtuse angle. The divider door is pivotably attached to the divider wall. The front wall includes first and second lavatory doors that are both movable between closed and opened positions and provide access to the first and second lavatory interiors. A first toilet is positioned adjacent the rear wall in the first lavatory interior and a second toilet is positioned adjacent the rear wall in the second lavatory interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Safran Cabin Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Geoffrey Scoley, Sandesh Shetty, Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 11878798
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to a blended wing body aircraft with a fuel cell and methods of use. An exemplary aircraft includes a blended wing body, at least a propulsor mechanically affixed to the aircraft and configured to propel the aircraft, at least a first fuel store configured to store a first fuel, and at least a fuel cell configured to combine the first fuel with oxygen to produce electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: JETZERO, INC.
    Inventors: Shailesh Atreya, Ronald Tatsuji Kawai
  • Patent number: 11873121
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the path of a satellite to limit a risk of collision with items of debris each having a date of closest pass with the satellite is disclosed including: propagating at least one orbit from the reference path of the satellite according to at least one manoeuvre to the farthest date of closest pass; determining a probability of collision for each item of debris according to the at least one orbit; determining at least one overall probability according to the set of probabilities determined; selecting the lowest overall probability from among the at least one overall probability obtained; determining a command for the satellite including the manoeuvre associated with the lowest overall probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
    Inventors: Dorian Gegout, Frédéric Renaud
  • Patent number: 11873108
    Abstract: A drogue bridle separation assembly may comprise a housing and a pyrotechnic fastener. The housing may define a riser channel and a fastener opening. The pyrotechnic fastener may be configured to extend through the fastener opening and the riser channel. The pyrotechnic fastener includes a charge configured to undergo an exothermic reaction in response to an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: AMI INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bang H. Vo, Steve Holstine
  • Patent number: 11866168
    Abstract: An enclosure for a UAS includes a housing having a base and a plurality of sidewalls coupled to the base, a motive apparatus coupled to the housing, a platform coupled to the motive apparatus, and a plurality of lids pivotably coupled to the sidewalls and the platform. The platform and the plurality of lids move collectively under control of the motive apparatus (e.g., a linear actuator). Driving the motive apparatus in a first direction causes the platform to raise from a stowed position toward a deployed position and causes each of the plurality of lids to pivot from a closed position toward an open position. Conversely, driving the motive apparatus in a second direction opposite the first direction causes the platform to lower from the deployed position toward the stowed position and causes each of the plurality of lids to pivot from the open position toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Neil E. Cooper, Eric S. Paternoster, Jason A. Schrader, Gary L. Bronstetter
  • Patent number: 11869363
    Abstract: A functionality utilizing a centrally controlled strategy for continuous communication to specific autonomous vehicles, or drones, that are designed for extreme conditions and assigned specific missions with the ability to be replaced during the mission. This functionality is an improvement on existing swarm and leader-follower tactics as it retains control of the drones at a central command center, allowing the drones to both receive individual commands from the hub but also operate independently of it with direct pilot control. This direct communication allows for real time process of ordered substitution to replace any drone during the mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventor: Travis Kunkel
  • Patent number: 11866196
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system for midair deployment of payload may include an aerostat including an inflatable structure, at least one tether, and a trigger, the at least one tether extending between the inflatable structure and the trigger, and at least one unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) including wings, the at least one tether mechanically coupling the at least one UAV to the inflatable structure, and the trigger actuatable to release mechanical coupling of the at least one tether between the at least one UAV and the inflatable structure in midair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: LTAG SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Alexander H. Slocum, Jonathan T. Slocum
  • Patent number: 11858667
    Abstract: Systems for satellite dispensing from a second stage of a launch vehicle are described. In an example, a satellite dispenser ring includes a circular ring, a vertical stanchion, and a truss. The vertical stanchion has an interface to couple with an adjacent satellite dispenser ring. The vertical ring is also coupled to a perimeter of the circular ring perpendicular to a place of the circular ring. A satellite attachment interface at an edge of the vertical stanchions couples and releases a satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Michael O'Brien, Aaron Oliver Carey
  • Patent number: 11851178
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that provides increased operational flight endurance and efficiency. The UAV includes a power generation system, which includes an internal combustion engine and one or more batteries (batteries). The power generation system is configured to generate power for propulsion of the UAV. The internal combustion engine is configured to power a lift propeller, generating vertical lift of the UAV, and the batteries are configured to power a micro-propeller assembly, propelling the UAV in a forward direction or multiple additional directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Beck, David Caldwell, Christopher Hartney, Bernard Harris Jefferson, Jr., Jeffrey Lang, John Morales, Martin Panevsky, Kasemsan Siri, Evan Ulrich, Richard Welle, Allyson Yarbrough
  • Patent number: 11851164
    Abstract: A wing tip device for fixing to the outboard end of a wing, the wing defining a wing plane, the wing tip device comprising: an upper wing-like element projecting upwardly with respect to the wing plane and having a trailing edge; and a lower wing-like element fixed with respect to the upper wing-like element and having a root chord and a trailing edge, the lower wing-like element root chord intersecting with the upper wing-like element, and the lower wing-like element projecting downwardly from the intersection, wherein the upper wing-like element is larger than the lower wing-like element and the trailing edge of the lower wing-like element is adjacent the trailing edge of the upper wing-like element at the intersection, and wherein an included angle between the upper and lower wing-like elements at the intersection is less than, or equal to, 160 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Christopher Wright, James K. Chu, Jan Himisch
  • Patent number: 11851209
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) storage and launch system includes a UAV pod having an open position and a closed position, the closed position establishing an interior that is weather resistant to an environment external to the UAV pod and a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV enclosed in the UAV pod so that the UAV pod in the closed position provides a weather resistant interior for the VTOL UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Aero Vironment, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Eugene Fisher, Jason Sidharthadev Mukherjee, William Arden Lott
  • Patent number: 11845571
    Abstract: A solar array structure for a spacecraft is based on a modular approach, allowing for arrays to be designed, and designed to be modified, and manufactured in reduced time and with reduced cost. The embodiments for the solar array are formed of multiple copies of a “bay” of a multiple strings of solar array cells mounted on semi-rigid face-sheet structural elements. The bays are then placed into frame structures made of tubes connected by nodes to provide an easily scalable, configurable, and producible solar array wing structure. This allows for rapid turnaround of program specific designs and proposal iterations that is quickly adaptable to new/future PhotoVoltaic (PV) technologies and that can create uniquely shaped (i.e., not rectangular) arrays, allowing for mass production with simple mass producible building blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Maxar Space LLC
    Inventors: Harry A. Yates, Tom Hsieh, Ryan Bieniek, Ben Kwong, Robert Szombathy, Martinus Meerman, Frederick Oey, Peter Amnuaypayoat, Alan J. Szeto, Richard B. Warnock