Patents Examined by Valentina Xavier
  • Patent number: 11952120
    Abstract: A multi-layer sleeping compartment for an aircraft is provided in order to more comfortable accommodate passengers to recline and sleep. The multilayer compartment houses a plurality of sleeping pods arranged either side of an entrance, and the sleeping compartment is generally aligned with a longitudinal axis of the aircraft. Further the pods may be booked for session times during the normal flight of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: AIR NEW ZEALAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Kate Elizabeth Cameron-Donald, Zoe Marie-Josee Julia Wenn
  • Patent number: 11945608
    Abstract: A spacecraft that is capable of re-entry into an atmosphere includes an airframe, including a body and one or more wings, and one or more propulsion devices, for example, rocket engines, reaction control thrusters, and jet engines. One or more louver systems are incorporated into the airframe to assist in controlling the aerodynamic profile of the spacecraft. The louver system includes a number of fins rotatable about and axis. An actuator system may rotate the fins in unison or independently of the other fins. A controller may receive information from sensors incorporated into the airframe and send instructions to the actuator system to rotate the fins in response to the sensor information in order to achieve a calculated aerodynamic profile. The spacecraft may also include retractable landing legs. One or more of the wings may be an actuated wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Jasem Alhubail
  • Patent number: 11945584
    Abstract: A plurality of energy storage packs supply a current to a plurality of motor driver that drive a plurality of motors mounted on moving object, respectively. Sub energy storage pack supplies a current to at least one of a plurality of first current paths connecting the plurality of motor driver and the plurality of energy storage packs, or pulls a current from at least one of the plurality of first current paths. Controller controls the plurality of first switches and the plurality of second switches to adjust capacities between the plurality of energy storage packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Nagase, Mutsuhiko Takeda
  • Patent number: 11939059
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a blended wing body aircraft including a blended wing body, wherein the blended wing body is characterized by having no clear dividing line between wings and a main body along a leading edge of the aircraft, at least a rib, wherein the at least a rib runs longitudinally from fore to aft of the main body, and a plurality of transparent panels located in the top surface of the main body, wherein the plurality of transparent panels are located in channels, wherein the channels are separated by the at least a rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Mark Allan Page
  • Patent number: 11939060
    Abstract: A lift nacelle may comprise an airflow generator; a sidewall system coupled to the airflow generator and spanning in a first direction, wherein the sidewall system defines a nacelle interior space, wherein the airflow generator defines one of a forward boundary or an aft boundary of the nacelle interior space; and a lift body disposed in the nacelle interior space and spanning substantially perpendicular to the first direction and substantially perpendicular to an upward lift direction. The airflow generator may be configured to accelerate airflow in an aft direction into the nacelle interior space through the forward boundary of the nacelle interior space. The airflow may contact and/or interact with the lift body creating lift in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Copperhead Aeronautics, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Greenberg, Ian Wells
  • Patent number: 11932425
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a configurable-mass rideshare dispenser for a rideshare adapter employable with a LV. In one example, the configurable-mass rideshare dispenser includes: (1) a modular chassis having a plurality of walls, wherein each of the plurality of walls includes multiple internal mounts operable to mount at multiple candidate locations a rideshare payload, its associated attachment/deployment mechanisms, signal processing circuitry, and at least one additional mass object, and (2) at least one door coupled to at least one of the plurality of walls, wherein the signal processing circuitry is operable to provide deployment sequencing that operates the at least one door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Xtenti, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lim, Jason Armstrong, Robert Spicer
  • Patent number: 11932375
    Abstract: There are provided examples of an enhanced cargo capacity aircraft, converted from a datum aircraft. The enhanced cargo capacity aircraft includes the datum aircraft and a cargo module. The datum aircraft includes at least a fuselage having a dorsal fuselage part. The cargo module is affixed to the datum aircraft, thereby converting the datum aircraft to the enhanced cargo capacity aircraft. The datum aircraft is designed for aerodynamic flight capability absent the cargo module. The enhanced cargo capacity aircraft is capable of aerodynamic flight. The cargo module provides enhanced cargo capacity to the datum aircraft. The cargo module includes an external aerodynamic fairing defining an internal cargo volume, and is configured for being conformally affixed in overlying relationship with respect to the dorsal fuselage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Uri Pinhasi, Rami Skladman, Gali Oz, Igor Golodriga, Meital Milo, Shay Arzi, Rami Zaphir, Michele Esther Hasid
  • Patent number: 11919652
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle may have deployment mechanisms which deploy electric motor driven propellers from a forward facing to a vertical orientation. The deployment mechanisms deploy the rotor forward and up as they deploy from a forward flight configuration to a vertical thrust configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 11919633
    Abstract: A convertiplane is described that comprises a fuselage, having a first longitudinal axis, with a nose and a tail portion; a pair of wings arranged on respective opposite sides of said fuselage, carrying respective rotors; a pair of engines operatively connected to respective said rotors; at least one first lifting surface arranged on said tail portion; and a pair of canards arranged on said nose of said fuselage and defining respective second lifting surfaces adapted to generate a third lift/negative lift value; each rotor comprising a mast rotatable about a second axis and about an relative third axis transversal to said second axis and with respect to the fuselage, so as to set said convertiplane between a helicopter configuration and an aeroplane configuration; each second axis, in use, being transversal to the first axis of said convertiplane in said helicopter configuration and being parallel to said first axis in said aeroplane configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: LEONARDO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Riccardo Bianco Mengotti, Carlo Cassinelli, Alessandro Scandroglio, Andrea Bavetta, Paolo Brughera, Luca Sampugnaro
  • Patent number: 11912409
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle may include a fuselage and an anchor structure coupled to the fuselage and including a wing retention structure and a power module retention structure. The unmanned aerial vehicle may also include a wing releasably coupled to the wing retention structure, thereby coupling the wing to the fuselage, and a power module releasably coupled to the power module retention structure, thereby coupling the power module to the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Zipline International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Perry, Zoltan Laszlo, Scott Parker, Nathan Goldsberry, Bryan Wade, Keenan Wyrobek, Brian Boomgaard, Zhefei Li, Sven Blaser
  • Patent number: 11912436
    Abstract: A fully automated towing, alignment and hangar system suitable for an offshore operation helicopter includes a quick mooring device, a wide-angle camera installed on a rear wall of the quick mooring device, a longitudinal towing device, a DSP control unit, an MCU control unit, a helicopter and a mooring bar thereof. An alignment method based on above system includes following steps of acquiring an attitude image of a steering wheel, calculating a helicopter yaw angle and a steering wheel deflection angle, calculating position coordinates of the steering wheel, a first wheel and a second wheel in a deck coordinate system, judging boundaries relative to a towing indication line, extracting an optimal path suitable for the movement of the helicopter, calculating lateral and longitudinal movement position control commands, driving the movement of the helicopter, and repeating the above operations until the automated towing, alignment and hangar are completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: YANSHAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Dingxuan Zhao, Lixin Wang, Zhuxin Zhang, Qian Liu
  • Patent number: 11905002
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes. The aerial vehicle uses deployment mechanisms to deploy rotor assemblies up and away from their stowed configuration locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 11905008
    Abstract: A VTOL aircraft comprising a plurality of motor assemblies, each configured to generate thrust by movement of air past the motor assembly along a respective axis of thrust of the motor assembly, and a wing, wherein 1) the orientations of the axes of thrust are each fixed, during operation of the aircraft, at a constant respective pitch angle oblique to a pitch orientation of the wing; 2) the plurality of motor assemblies is operable together to both fully support the aircraft in a hovering mode, and to propel the aircraft forward in a forward flight mode; 3) the wing does not intersect with any right cylinder centered on any motor assembly and having a central longitudinal axis aligned with the axis of thrust of the motor assembly, and having a radius equal to a radius of a propeller of the motor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Air Vev Ltd
    Inventor: Chen Rosen
  • Patent number: 11905044
    Abstract: A solar sail includes a bus and a plurality of separate movable vanes coupled to the bus. Each movable vane includes a reflective surface for generating solar radiation pressure and propel the solar sail in space. Each vane may be movable relative to the bus in a fully deployed configuration such that an amount of thrust generated by solar radiation pressure on each vane is controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: L'Garde, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel C. Barnes, Darren D. Garber
  • Patent number: 11884393
    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 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Roy Champagne, Jr., Gur Kimchi, Louis Leroi LeGrand, III, Nicholas Hampel Roberts, Ricky Dean Welsh
  • Patent number: 11884386
    Abstract: A multi-rotor system for providing air thrust is disclosed comprising at least one multi-rotor assembly. The multi-rotor assembly comprising at least two rotors rotatable about a common axis wherein the outer radius of a first rotor is substantially similar to the inner radius of the second rotor. An airborne vehicle is also disclosed that is adapted to perform vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). The airborne vehicle comprising at least two multi-rotor system disposed substantially symmetrically around the center of gravity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: N.M.B. MEDICAL APPLICATIONS LTD
    Inventors: Oren Globerman, Mordechay Beyar
  • Patent number: 11878816
    Abstract: A reusable modular spacecraft has a spacecraft bus structure configured to support spacecraft subsystems, at least one interchangeable housing component configured to be interchangeably received and supported by the bus structure, and a wireless system configured to permit wireless communication between the at least one interchangeable housing component and spacecraft subsystems supported by the bus structure. In embodiments of the spacecraft, the wireless system includes a wireless hub and a wireless coordinator for wireless transmission of data between the at least one interchangeable housing component and the spacecraft subsystems. An electrical/power transfer interface unit is provided to the at least one interchangeable housing component for transferring electricity, power, data and/or providing thermal management and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Scott Weintraub, Nolan Coulter
  • Patent number: 11878784
    Abstract: An aerospace vehicle system, preferably including one or more capsules, and optionally including one or more propulsion modules and/or safety modules. A capsule, preferably including a pressure vessel including a structural frame and one or more windows, and optionally including a cabin. In alternate embodiments, the system can additionally or alternatively function as a terrestrial vehicle, a watercraft, and/or any other suitable vehicle. A method of operation, preferably including operating the aerospace vehicle system in flight, while maintaining a pressure differential between the pressure vessel interior and an environment surrounding the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Space Perspective Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Farley, Jane Poynter, Taber MacCallum, Daniel James Window, Nicholas Adrian Moyes
  • Patent number: 11878811
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure relate to externally accessible auxiliary power unit (APU) pump assembly, comprising: a pump configured to pressurize an accumulator that is used to start an APU of an aircraft; a pressure gauge for the accumulator; and a support frame configured to be mounted within an outer wall of the aircraft, wherein the support frame defines an externally accessible compartment and secures the pump and the pressure gauge within the externally accessible compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Randy L. Barton, Tracy L. Ogle
  • Patent number: 11866186
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using mounted thrust producing elements. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the forward rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses one or more thrust producing elements on both of the right and the left sides. The aerial vehicle may have one or more front thrust producing elements and one or more rear thrust producing elements on both of the right and the left sides of a main vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll