Patents Examined by Valentina Xavier
  • Patent number: 10435184
    Abstract: A method of space travel using a high acceleration thrust vehicle in combination with a plurality of low acceleration thrust vehicles. A primary spacecraft has a kinetic launcher that is utilized to discharge a plurality of subsidiary spacecraft in order to navigate the primary spacecraft along a flight path. Each of the plurality of subsidiary spacecraft has a propulsion system, allowing each of the plurality of subsidiary spacecraft to navigate to a refueling point. The refueling point for each of the plurality of subsidiary spacecraft may be a central location or a unique position along a subsequent flight path. Each of the plurality of subsequent spacecraft is then reloaded onto the primary spacecraft or loaded onto a subsequent spacecraft for another voyage. The kinetic launcher can be repositioned in order to control the direction of the acceleration experienced by the primary spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Darrin Taylor
  • Patent number: 10435136
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a thermal barrier configured to surround at least a portion of a driveshaft and to protect the driveshaft from heat. The thermal barrier comprises an inner wall forming a cavity in which the driveshaft lies, an outer wall enclosing the inner wall, and a space between the inner wall and the outer wall. The space is evacuated and forms a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Scott David Poster
  • Patent number: 10427788
    Abstract: An airdrop platform is provided that includes a pallet. Under the pallet are a first outrigger main body and a second outrigger main body. The first outrigger main body and second main body each include at least one outrigger finger. When airdropped, the outrigger main bodies and outrigger fingers are configured to move from under the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Government as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Todd M. Grenga
  • Patent number: 10399659
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door for closing an opening in a structure, including: a body arranged to be capable of abutting against a first side of the opening; at least one clamping member configured to be capable of abutting against an opposite second side of the opening; and a fastener arranged to fasten or release the clamping member relative to the body. The clamping member is moveable relative to the body between a first position where the clamping member abuts against the second side of the opening so as to clamp the structure between the body and the clamping member and a second position where the clamping member allows the door to be opened. The present invention further relates to an aircraft including the above door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Zengli Han, Haifeng Chen, Ming Luo, Angel Postigo-Rodriguez, Daniel De-La-Sen-Perez, Laure Partouche
  • Patent number: 10401855
    Abstract: An active inceptor apparatus and method for operating a machine. The apparatus comprises a stick member having a grip portion, the stick member being pivotably mounted relative to a housing. It further comprises a position sensor responsive to, and for generating signals indicative of, stick member position. A force sensor is provided on the stick member responsive to, and for generating signals indicative of, force applied to the stick by a user. The apparatus also includes a control unit operable to receive the position and force signals from the position and force sensors respectively. The control unit is operable to process the signals according to a predetermined relationship to determine a value FD indicative of force applied to the stick member relative to displacement of the stick member. The control unit is also operable to generate machine control signals as a function of position signals and force signals in dependence upon the value FD, for communication to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Adam Taylor, Jason Howard Bean
  • Patent number: 10392101
    Abstract: An aircraft including a wing (1) and a wing tip device (6). The wing tip device (6) is moveable between a flight configuration for use during flight and a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations. In the ground configuration the wing tip device is folded inwardly from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft is reduced. The wing tip device (6) is connected to the wing along a hinge axis (14) by spar beams (10 and 12) of the wing tip device, one of the beams being mounted for pivoting about a fixed axis and the other beam being mounted on a spherical bearing (15) to provide greater freedom of movement. Various actuator arrangements may be provided to pivot the wing tip device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Tim Axford, Tony Fong, Stuart Alexander
  • Patent number: 10392122
    Abstract: An inerting system for an aircraft includes an inert gas generation apparatus, an air supply line, a compressor and an inert gas line. The compressor supplies the inert gas generation apparatus with air from the air supply line at a pressure necessary for operation of the inert gas generation apparatus. The inert gas line carries the inert gas produced by the inert gas generation apparatus on to an inert gas consumer. The air supply line is connected to an exhaust air system of the aircraft. A method for supplying an inert gas in an aircraft includes tapping of air from an exhaust air system of the aircraft, compression of the tapped air, and production of inert gas in an inert gas generation apparatus from the compressed air. An aircraft is disclosed in which such an inerting system is arranged and/or used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Klimpel, Alexander Solntsev
  • Patent number: 10384776
    Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft has a fuselage and a wing having upper and lower surfaces with a plurality of channels extending therebetween, each with a cycloidal rotor mounted therein. At least two pylon assemblies are rotatably coupled to the wing to selectively operate the tiltrotor aircraft between helicopter and airplane flight modes. Each pylon assembly includes a mast and a proprotor assembly operable to rotate with the mast to generate thrust. At least one engine provides torque and rotational energy to the proprotor assemblies and the propulsion assemblies. Each of the cycloidal rotors has a plurality of blades that travels in a generally circular path and has a plurality of pitch angle configurations such that each cycloidal rotor is operable to generate a variable thrust and a variable thrust vector, thereby providing vertical lift augmentation, roll control, yaw control and/or pitch control in the helicopter flight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Jouyoung Jason Choi, Daniel Bryan Robertson, Kirk Landon Groninga, Frank Bradley Stamps, Matthew Edward Louis
  • Patent number: 10384768
    Abstract: A drive system for an aircraft landing gear is disclosed having a wheel rotatable about a wheel axis, a driven gear arranged to be attached to the wheel and capable of rotating the wheel about the wheel axis, a drive train comprising an input gear rotatable by an input shaft, an intermediate gear meshed with the input gear and rotatable by an intermediate shaft, and a support member arranged to support the input shaft and intermediate shaft. The support member is arranged to pivot about the input shaft between a neutral configuration in which the drive train is disengaged from the driven gear and a driven configuration in which the drive train is engaged with the driven gear to enable the drive train to rotate the driven gear. The drive system includes brake capable of being engaged with the input shaft to prevent rotation of the input shaft relative to the support member and of being disengaged from the input shaft to permit rotation of the input shaft relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Arnaud Didey
  • Patent number: 10377462
    Abstract: A decompression assembly for use in an aircraft comprises a cabin lining element, an opening formed in the element, and an air channel arranged adjacent to a rear face of the element and connected to the opening. The air channel is provided with an air outlet which, during normal operation of the assembly, discharges air exiting a cabin region delimited by the element through the opening into an area located between the element and an aircraft outer skin, a first decompression opening, and a first decompression flap which, during normal operation of the decompression assembly, closes the first decompression opening in the air channel and which, in the event of a rapid decompression, opens the first decompression opening to allow a pressure equalization between the aircraft cabin region and the aircraft area located between the cabin lining element and the aircraft outer skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 10377491
    Abstract: A delivery device coupled to a drone can be used to distribute dry powdered materials to a target area. The powdered materials can be stored in a hopper having an auger at the lower end of the hopper. An auger motor can be actuated to transport the powdered material to an aeration chamber where the powdered material is mixed with turbulent air. The aerated powdered materials can then be emitted from the delivery device from a slinger disc onto a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DROPCOPTER
    Inventors: Adam Fine, Matthew Koball
  • Patent number: 10377483
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an aerial vehicle, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), which includes a plurality of maneuverability propulsion mechanisms that enable the aerial vehicle to move in any of the six degrees of freedom (surge, sway, heave, pitch, yaw, and roll). The aerial vehicle may also include a lifting propulsion mechanism that operates to generate a force sufficient to maintain the aerial vehicle at an altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Roy Champagne, Jr., Gur Kimchi, Louis LeRoi LeGrand, III, Nicholas Hampel Roberts, Ricky Dean Welsh
  • Patent number: 10372149
    Abstract: A detent alignment mechanism assembly is provided and includes a shaft, a lock mechanism configured to selectively occupy an unlocked position at which the shaft is movable and a locked position at which the shaft is immovable, a detent mechanism coupled to the shaft and formed to define detent positions for the shaft to assume and move between and a detent alignment mechanism configured to provide to an operator of the shaft feedback and assistance corresponding to assumptions of the detent positions by the shaft during movements thereof by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Cory M. Crandall-Seibert, Jeffrey Paul Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10358220
    Abstract: Two seats (16) are arranged facing in opposing directions, wherein each seat comprises a seat back (40), a headrest (48), and a seat pan (42). Each seat is configured to convert between a seat position and a bed position. A partition (18) is positioned between the two seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats
    Inventor: Victor Carlioz
  • Patent number: 10358229
    Abstract: An aircraft including trailing edge flaps, a wing mounted propulsor positioned such that the flaps are located in a slipstream of the first propulsor in use when deployed. The aircraft further including a thrust vectorable propulsor configured to selectively vary the exhaust efflux vector of the propulsor in at least one plane. The thrust vectorable propulsor includes a ducted fan configurable between a first mode, in which the fan provides net forward thrust to the aircraft, and a second mode in which the fan provides net drag to the aircraft. The fan is positioned to ingest a boundary layer airflow in use when operating in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Matthew Moxon
  • Patent number: 10358218
    Abstract: A tooling assembly for integrating a central part of the fuselage of an aircraft. The tooling assembly comprises a tooling train which comprises a succession of movable carriages arranged behind one another and which are able to carry one or more items of aircraft equipment to be integrated into the central part of the aircraft. Such a tooling train, which extends over at least a length of the central part of the fuselage, makes it possible to integrate, at the same time, items of aircraft equipment produced in the form of elongate modules, thus reducing the time for integrating the items of aircraft equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Bernard Guering, Laurent Saint-Marc
  • Patent number: 10343762
    Abstract: An aircraft has a fuselage, an engine disposed within the fuselage, a rotatable wing disposed above the fuselage and selectively rotatable about a wing rotation axis, and a plurality of interconnect driveshafts disposed within the rotatable wing, and at least one drive system component that is connected between the engine and the interconnect driveshaft is disposed along the wing rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Chadwick Ross, Steven Ray Ivans
  • Patent number: 10336474
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for deflecting space debris comprising steps of: launching (E2) a thruster (2) by means of a sounding rocket (1) at a target altitude close to that of the one or more debris to be deflected. generating (E3) by the thruster a gas cloud (G) above the sounding rocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Christophe Bonnal
  • Patent number: 10336440
    Abstract: A winglet 3 has an inner end 5 and an outer 7. The winglet 3 has a varying radius of curvature (R) which:(i) decreases along the winglet over a first distanced1; (ii) remains constant over a second distanced2; and (iii) increases along the winglet 3 over a third distance d3. The sum of the first and third distances (d1+d3) is greater than the second distance (d2). The radius of curvature may vary according to the equation R=k1/dn. The parameter n may be equal to 1, such that the curvature follows an Euler spiral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Richard Williams
  • Patent number: 10322796
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-rotor flying object including: a body; a plurality of rotor units each including a propeller and a power unit for driving the propeller; and a steering unit including a connection member connecting the plurality of rotor units to each other and an actuator installed on the body and activating the connection member to allow the plurality of rotor units to be simultaneously inclined at the same angle with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Sang-Hyun Lee