Patents Examined by Steven J Shur
  • Patent number: 10954006
    Abstract: A satellite deorbiting device including an aerobraking surface including a satellite attitude control device with gravity gradient, the device with gravity gradient including at least one mast carrying the aerobraking surface, a first end of which is secured to the satellite and the second end of which is provided with a mass, such that the mast is oriented in a direction opposing that of the planet around which the satellite orbits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin Rasse, Patrice Damiano
  • Patent number: 10952381
    Abstract: An image capture system for a grow pod includes a master controller that has a processor, a memory, and cameras that are communicatively coupled to the master controller and positioned to capture images of plants or seeds. The memory stores a grow recipe and a logic. The grow recipe defines instructions for growing the plants or seeds and expected attributes corresponding to the instructions. The logic, when executed by the processor, causes the master controller to perform at least the following: receive, from the cameras, the images of the plants or seeds, determine attributes of the plants or seeds from the images, compare the attributes of the plants or seeds from the images to the expected attributes defined by the grow recipe, and adjust the instructions of the grow recipe for growing the plants or seeds based on the comparison of the attributes to the expected attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Grow Solutions Tech LLC
    Inventor: Gary Bret Millar
  • Patent number: 10933987
    Abstract: A multirotor aircraft with an airframe and a thrust producing units arrangement, wherein the thrust producing units arrangement comprises a predetermined number of thrust producing units for producing thrust in a predetermined direction, and wherein a flexible suspension unit is rigidly mounted to the airframe, wherein the flexible suspension unit comprises at least one bearing that mechanically couples the thrust producing units arrangement to the airframe such that the thrust producing units of the predetermined number of thrust producing units are inclinable in relation to the airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Qinyin Zhang, Uwe Kiesewetter, Sebastian Mores, Marco Schneeberger, Marius Bebesel
  • Patent number: 10932447
    Abstract: An animal toy includes a generally spherical center portion having an opening, a slidable door configured to close the opening, and a plurality of flexible legs. The slidable door is configured to frictionally fit within open such that the door is capable of being in an open position, a closed position and a partially opened position. Each of the plurality legs includes an arcuate portion so as to at least partially surround the generally spherical center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas Baker
  • Patent number: 10905111
    Abstract: A light, in particular, a light having a fly killing function that can be used for lighting and killing flies including at least one LED chip, a fly storage means, a negative pressure fan, a fan hanger, a ventilation net, a power supply; wherein the fly storage means is connected to the fan hanger, the LED chip is secured to an lower end of the fly storage means, the fly storage means including an air inlet and a fly storage groove, the negative pressure fan is mounted onto the fan hanger above the fly storage means, a gap is provided between the blades of the negative pressure fan and an upper end of the fly storage means to allow flies to go through; the ventilation net includes a plurality of ventilation holes having a size that is able to stop flies from passing therethrough, and the ventilation net is provided circumferentially between the outside wall of the fan hanger and the outside wall of the fly storage means, and the fan hanger, the ventilation net and the fly storage means form a substantially cl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Jian Zhang, Robert Bruce Cameron
  • Patent number: 10899431
    Abstract: A system for driving and guiding a trailing edge control surface on a trailing edge region of an aircraft wing comprises a first guide device coupled with the control surface to guide the control surface along a predetermined trajectory relative to the trailing edge region between a retracted position and an extended position, a first drive device couplable with the wing and the control surface to move the control surface along the trajectory, and a second drive device coupled with the control surface and couplable with one of the wing and the first guide device to influence the incidence angle of the control surface, wherein the first drive device and the second drive device are separate from each other and are operable independently, such that the incidence angle of the control surface is influencable at least in the retracted position of the control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Florian Lorenz
  • Patent number: 10894599
    Abstract: A hybrid multi-rotor aircraft, includes a plurality of vertical propulsion rotors and at least one forward propulsion rotor. The aircraft also includes a rotor compartment within for each of the vertical propulsion rotors such that a vertical propulsion rotor may be stowed within its respective rotor compartment. A deployable rotor-compartment cover for each rotor compartment is provided and may be moved to an open state to allow the vertical propulsion rotors to be deployed and moved to a closed state to cover their respective vertical propulsion rotors when the vertical propulsion rotors or in a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: UAV FACTORY SIA
    Inventor: Konstantins Popiks
  • Patent number: 10881087
    Abstract: A method of harvesting crustaceans that utilizes a trap and buoy system, each trap being equipped with a digital camera and a light flash mechanism and being electrically connected to a buoy which has a wireless broadcast system to forward images received from the camera wirelessly to a further location that is equipped to receive the wirelessly transmitted image and to display the image to a human user. The method begins with laying out traps in the ocean, in a grid having a first grid spacing. Then for each trap, repeatedly lighting the trap with the flash mechanism and forming an image with the digital camera and sending the image to the further location. Then monitoring the images. Finally, in reliance on the images deciding to begin laying out traps in a grid, having a second grid spacing that is tighter than the first grid spacing, around a particular trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Edward Poulsen
  • Patent number: 10881092
    Abstract: An offshore fishing apparatus aligns properly, is light weight, and is consistently adjustable by the user to their desired tension for smooth release of their fishing line when a fish strikes or when any force overcomes the applied tension placed on the fishing line release arm. The device further includes a proximal beveled entry and exit including a pivot ball with an aperture, through which a kite or connection line is run through. The pivot ball allows the device to pivot in the direction the fishing line moves. The device is advantageously light weight, in part due to lightweight materials used to construct the device without reducing the device's performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: R&R Tackle, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Rosher, Marvin J. Marshall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10881079
    Abstract: An animal bed for supporting an animal includes a body having a bottom member and a bolster forming an outer wall of the body. The outer wall is positioned about a perimeter of the bottom member and extends outwardly therefrom to define a recessed area for accommodating the animal. A plurality of straps is coupled to and extending at least partially across the bottom member opposite the recessed area. Each of the plurality of straps includes a degree of elasticity configured to hold a rigid member in contact with the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10874063
    Abstract: The self watering bottle planter insert allows a regular bottle to be transformed into a hydroponic planter. The self watering bottle planter insert is insertable into a bottle and removes the need for a separate source of nutrients. The planter uses composite media with an enriched substrate layered beneath a more standard hydroponic growth media to add nutrients to the water for the life cycle of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Urban Leaf Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Littlewood, Robert M. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10870498
    Abstract: Systems for landing and handling of a drone may include a platform on which the drone is supportable in a landed state; a space to receive the platform and drone in the landed state, a first closable barrier arranged between the drone in the landed state and an external environment; a second closable barrier arranged between the drone in the landed state and a passenger zone; and a control arrangement configured to operate the platform, the first closable barrier and the second closable barrier between: a first condition, in which the first closable barrier is in an open condition, the second closable barrier is in a closed condition and the drone is landable on the platform, and a second condition, in which the platform and drone in the landed state are receivable by the space, the first closable barrier is movable to a closed condition, and the second closable barrier is moveable to an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Zambelli Imagineering Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kate Zambelli
  • Patent number: 10858125
    Abstract: A link device comprising a first object and a second object comprises a first strip, capable of passing from a configuration wound about an axis Z about a support fixed to the first object to a configuration deployed along an axis X substantially at right angles to the axis Z, the strip having an end intended to come into contact with the second object, so as to link the first object to the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Stéphane Vézain, Carole Billot, Didier Stanek, Yannick Baudassé
  • Patent number: 10822119
    Abstract: A method of fuelling an aircraft for a flight to a predetermined destination in which the aircraft is loaded, the actual zero fuel weight of the loaded aircraft is determined, the fuel requirement of the loaded aircraft for that destination is calculated by fuel calculation software on the basis of operational flight plan data, said actual zero fuel weight, and further data relevant to fuel consumption for that instance of the flight to the predetermined destination, said further data being processed interactively by the user by means of a user interface to said fuel calculation software, and subsequently fuel to meet said fuel requirement is uplifted to the aircraft under the control of said user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Fuel Matrix Ltd
    Inventors: Roy Fuscone, Timothy John Waite
  • 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: 10785963
    Abstract: A method of growing shellfish is disclosed. The method comprises obtaining a support tray (I) with recesses (7) where at least some of the recesses (7) incorporate means adapted to create a deliberately formed alphanumeric, written or pictorial mark on the shellfish as it grows. Shellfish spat are attached to at least some of the recesses (7) and the tray (I) is placed in water so that the spat grow into substantially mature shellfish within the recesses (7). The spat each grow generally in the shape of their respective recess (7) so that the mark is created on the shellfish as it grows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Aqua Mould Systems NZ Limited
    Inventor: Shaun Gregory
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10752332
    Abstract: One example of a fairing for a rotorcraft includes an outer mold line portion (OML portion) and a bearing portion extending from the OML portion. The OML portion provides at least a portion of an outer mold line of the rotorcraft. Both the OML portion and the bearing portion shield a portion of a structural member. The bearing portion can protect the portion of the structural member from damage resulting from foot traffic associated with accessing an area nearby the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Jon Damon Bennett, Joshua Allan Edler