Patents Examined by Richard R Green
  • Patent number: 10814997
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a support device for an actuator. The support device includes a support unit adapted to be mounted to a stationary structure, an attachment unit adapted to be attached to an actuator casing and a single pivot shaft, and the attachment unit is pivotably connected to the support unit via the single pivot shaft. The support device according to the present disclosure has a simple structure and is stable in operation. The present disclosure further relates to an air intake system for an auxiliary power unit, which includes the above support device for the actuator. In addition, the present disclosure further relates to an aircraft including the air intake system for the auxiliary power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Feng Zhang, Na Shi, Ying An
  • Patent number: 10815001
    Abstract: A cockpit internal anti-sabotage system (CIASS) without compromising the cockpit security and the present anti-hijacking procedure and protocol, wherein a single cockpit crew alone in the cockpit cannot deny bonafide entry of other cockpit crew or cabin crew in an attempt to commit suicide or sabotage the aircraft, the system comprises a manual door lock system and an automated door lock system wherein both the systems comprising a mechanical system or a non-mechanical system or combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Amardeep Singh Sarai
  • Patent number: 10815002
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a structural component of an aircraft wing body and an aircraft including the structural component. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a structural component of an aircraft wing body is provided. The structural component includes a body part and a profile. The body part includes an edge portion formed by end portions of a first skin and a second skin of the body part superposed together. The profile is attached to the edge portion. The profile has an outer profile conforming to an outer profile of the body part such that the structural component, as a whole, exhibits an aerodynamic outer profile after the profile is attached to the edge portion. The profile is attached to the edge portion via a plurality of separate intermediate members or by contacting the edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Mei Ding
  • Patent number: 10814974
    Abstract: An aircraft capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) and traverse flight. The aircraft generally includes a fixed outer structure including at least a generally cylindrical wing having an internal body situated within the fixed outer structure. A space is defined between the internal body and the fixed outer structure. Within this space are one or more rotatable ring impellers that create(s) thrust sufficient to achieve lift for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AMERICAN AVIATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Randall
  • Patent number: 10814973
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage coupled to a wing having a dihedral root section with first and second outboard sections pivotably coupled to respective outboard ends thereof. A thrust array is coupled to the wing. A power system is operably associated with the thrust array to provide power to each of a plurality of propulsion assemblies. A flight control system is operably associated with the thrust array and the wing. The flight control system is operable to control the thrust output from the propulsion assemblies and the configuration of the wing. In a thrust-borne vertical lift mode, the wing has an M-wing configuration with the center of gravity of the aircraft located between the outboard sections of the wing. In a wing-borne forward flight mode, the wing has a gull wing configuration with the center of gravity of the aircraft located below the outboard sections of the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Robert Gaffney, Robert Rex Graham, Jr., Colton Edward Campbell, Kevin Krisnil Prasadk, Isaiah Neves Martinez, Jared Michael Rosenkrance, Lukas N. Everhart, William Paul Crisler
  • Patent number: 10814991
    Abstract: Embodiments of a propulsion system are provided herein. In some embodiments, a propulsion system for an aircraft may include an electrical power supply; a motor coupled to the electrical power supply, wherein the electrical power supply provides power to the motor; and a fan disposed proximate a rear portion of an aircraft and rotatably coupled to the motor, wherein the fan is driven by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Narendra Digamber Joshi
  • Patent number: 10807693
    Abstract: Air stair support systems, stair support cable assemblies, and hooks are disclosed herein. A stair support system includes, but is not limited to, an aircraft fuselage, a door seal, a stair door, and a stair support cable assembly. The aircraft fuselage defines a door frame and a stair hook receptacle. The stair door has a retracted position within the door frame and an extended position that forms an entry/exit stairway. The stair support cable assembly includes a cable and two hooks. The first hook includes a curved end portion configured to hook onto the stair hook receptacle, a cable end portion secured to the cable, and an intermediate portion having first and second intermediate legs that extend the intermediate portion away from the door seal when installed on the door frame and the stair door. The second hook is configured to hook on the stair door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Harp, Quent Mikeal
  • Patent number: 10800521
    Abstract: Described are apparatus and processes for reconfiguring aerial vehicles, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) during navigation of the aerial vehicle between a maneuverability configuration and an efficiency configuration. When an aerial vehicle needs to be able to quickly maneuver in any direction (vertical, horizontal, pitch, roll, yaw) it is operating in a maneuverability configuration. When configured to operate in the maneuverability configuration, the primary function of the aerial vehicle configuration is to increase maneuverability of the aerial vehicle. When the aerial vehicle is navigating in a direction that is substantially horizontal, for example when navigating between locations, it may be configured to operate in an efficiency configuration. When configured to operate in the efficiency configuration, the primary function of the aerial vehicle configuration is to increase efficiency of the aerial vehicle and reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor David Grenier, Gur Kimchi, Louis LeRoi LeGrand, III, Ricky Dean Welsh, Richard Philip Whitlock, Dominic Timothy Shiosaki
  • Patent number: 10800532
    Abstract: A privacy partition having a frame covered in fabric having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration that defines a perimeter. The privacy partition include a first connector that selectively connects a portion of the privacy partition to a portion of a seat. The first connector may connect the privacy partition to an aft seat and the privacy partition may include a second connect that selectively connects a portion of the privacy partition to a portion of a fore seat. The privacy partition may be flexible to remain attached to the fore and aft seat in any degree of recline. The privacy partition may be selectively connected to a slip cover positioned over the seat back of a seat. The privacy partition may be selectively connected to slip covers over the seatback of fore and aft seats. The frame of the privacy partition may be a flexible wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Curtis L. Hall, Jr., Melissa Holt Lutz, Tania D. Hall
  • Patent number: 10794673
    Abstract: A munition including: a control surface actuation device including: an actuator comprising two or more pistons, each of the pistons being movable between an extended and retracted position, the retracted position resulting from an activation of each of the two or more pistons; and a rotatable plate having a pocket corresponding to each of the two or more pistons, each pocket being engageable with a corresponding portion of each of the two or more pistons, a distance between the pockets being different than a distance between the portions of the two or more pistons, such that activation of the portion into the corresponding pocket sequentially rotates the plate; and a control surface operatively connected to the plate such that rotation of the plate rotates the control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S Rastegar, Jacques Fischer
  • Patent number: 10793295
    Abstract: Asteroid redirection systems are provided that use cosmic ray and muon-catalyzed micro-fusion. These systems include a micro-fusion propulsion system providing thrust for redirecting an asteroid, as well as micro-fusion electrical generation powering an ion drive. The systems deploy deuterium-containing fuel material as a localized cloud interacting with incoming ambient cosmic rays to generate energetic fusion products. Dust or other particulate matter in the fuel material converts some cosmic rays into muons that also catalyze fusion. The fusion products provide thrusting upon the asteroid, or when produced near turbines facilitates electrical generation, which can then power an ion drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jerome Drexler
  • Patent number: 10793257
    Abstract: In an example, a system includes a first controller for controlling a first-flight-control surface, a second controller for controlling a second-flight-control surface, and a first override system including a mechanical linkage between the first controller and the second controller. The first override system is configured such that: (i) while less than a first threshold amount of force is applied to the mechanical linkage, movement of the first controller causes a corresponding movement of the second controller and vice versa, and (ii) while greater than the first threshold amount of force is applied to the mechanical linkage, the first controller and the second controller move separately. The system also includes a second override system operable to permanently disconnect the mechanical linkage responsive to greater than a second threshold amount of force applied to the mechanical linkage. The second threshold amount of force is greater than the first threshold amount of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mitchell Johnson
  • Patent number: 10787272
    Abstract: An actuator is provided for an aircraft engine and includes a tubular base layer and a visco-elastic layer adhesively disposed on the tubular base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pavan Kumar Vinjanampati, Rajasekaran Janakiraman
  • Patent number: 10787242
    Abstract: There is provided an aerodynamic control apparatus for an air vehicle comprising a flap system including a first spanwise flap segment to be arranged on a first side of an air vehicle, a second spanwise flap segment to be arranged on the first side of the air vehicle, and a controller to actuate the first spanwise flap segment to a first flap deflection and the second spanwise flap segment to a second flap deflection, wherein the first spanwise flap segment at the first flap deflection and the second spanwise flap segment at the second flap deflection form a piecewise continuous trailing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventor: Nhan T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10779509
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle for determining geolocation exclusion zones of animals. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a processor-based monitoring device to track geolocation information associated with an animal from the unmanned aerial vehicle, an identification device mounted on the unmanned aerial vehicle to identify the animal and to track a position of the animal over time, and a mapping device coupled to the monitoring device to determine locations where the animal has traversed and to identify where an encounter with the animal is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Peter K. Malkin, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10780989
    Abstract: An aircraft propeller drive system has a gear to be driven by an engine and having a first plurality of teeth. A torsion bar has a first end driven by the gear and a second end rotatable relative to the first end about a torsion axis by a torsion angle. An output shaft is driven by the second end and is adapted for connection to a propeller. A clutch has a driven member rotationally fixed to the output shaft and a driving member having a second plurality of teeth. The first and second pluralities of teeth engage each other when a variation in the torsion angle from a mean torsion angle is greater than a predetermined angle. Torque is transferred between the gear and the output shaft via the clutch when the first and second pluralities of teeth engage each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BRP-ROTAX GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Harald Mittermaier, Johann Bayerl, Michael Dopona, Thomas Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 10781749
    Abstract: A boundary layer ingestion engine includes a gas generator and a turbine fluidly connected to the gas generator. A fan is mechanically linked to the turbine via a shaft such that rotation of the turbine is translated to the fan. A boundary layer ingestion inlet is aligned with an expected boundary layer, such that the boundary layer ingestion inlet is configured to ingest fluid from a boundary layer during operation of the boundary layer ingestion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel L. Suciu, Jesse M. Chandler
  • Patent number: 10780992
    Abstract: An emergency landing pad is used to capture a vertical landing capable aircraft that has a hung gear. The device is trailer based with the trailer having a series of wheels. At least one capture pad sits atop the trailer so that a portion of the aircraft lands atop the capture pad which cushions the fuselage of the aircraft. The capture pad is made from a resilient material, such as high-density foam, a rubber or similar materials. A cover is placed over the capture pad and one or more straps cinches the capture pad and the cover to the trailer. The cover may have markings on an outer surface thereof, which markings may be light reflective. The trailer is towed to the landing site via an ordinary tug and several trailers can be chained together in series in case more than one trailer is needed for aircraft capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Helgerson
  • Patent number: 10780986
    Abstract: An aspirator system for inflating an inflatable evacuation device includes an aspirator body having a plurality of flapper doors configured to open to allow intake of atmospheric gas. The aspirator system also includes an aspirator barrel connecting the aspirator body to the inflatable evacuation device, having connected inflation chambers wrapping around a circumference of the aspirator barrel and arranged along a length of the aspirator barrel, and being configured to provide an aspirator barrel chamber for guiding the atmospheric gas to the inflatable evacuation device when the aspirator barrel is inflated. The aspirator system also includes a showerhead nozzle connected to the connected inflation chambers, configured to direct high-pressure gas to inflate the aspirator barrel and compel intake of atmospheric gas through the plurality of flapper doors, to inflate the inflatable evacuation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10773785
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes a plurality of propellers and an airframe. The airframe includes a body having a hollow portion, and a plurality of through holes connected to the hollow portion and formed on an outer peripheral surface of the body. The airframe also includes a plurality of arms supporting the plurality of propellers, and each arm of the plurality of arms includes a base end portion disposed at a body side in a longitudinal direction of the respective arm. The base end portion is inserted in a corresponding through hole of the plurality of through holes and supported by the body. Each arm of the plurality of arms is configured to be stored in the hollow portion of the body by being retracted into the body via the through hole, and expanded out of the body by being pulled out of the body via the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PRODRONE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Sugaki, Kazuo Ichihara