Patents Examined by Virna Lissi Mojica
  • Patent number: 6241184
    Abstract: A missile has a body with a substantially circular nose opening therein, and a ceramic radome sized to cover the nose opening. A compliant metallic circular transition element is disposed structurally between the radome and the body. The transition element includes an elongated compliant arm region and an upper crossbar region positioned adjacent to the radome such that the lower margin surface of the radome is adjacent to an upper side of the crossbar region. A brazed butt joint is formed between the lower margin surface of the radome and the upper side of the crossbar region of the transition element. A second brazed butt joint is formed between the vehicle body and the lower side of a lower crossbar region joined to the arm region. The brazed joints are formed with a single active braze alloy which permits the entire joining operation to be accomplished in a single furnace cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wayne Sunne, Edward Liguori, Oscar O Hanian
  • Patent number: 6049748
    Abstract: An electronic control system is an in-line module for addition to or partial replacement of automotive vehicle seat control systems for providing massage and improved features of functional control, especially human lumbar massage and diagnostics. The module provides the following improved functions and features: an enhanced driver for automatic lumbar massage, or user taught lumbar massage cycle, and a transparency simulator for low power standby operation, motor stall protection, open motor circuit detection, short motor circuit protection, motor low current protection, motor over current protection, seat position sensor malfunction detection, electrical motor noise attenuation, electrical noise filtering, and also other options. These improvements do not require alternative wiring harness changes and do not affect existing operations of a memory or non-memory seat control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Nartron Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Newman, David Shank, John Washeleski
  • Patent number: 6019314
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for moving an aircraft across a deck surface from a landing position to a stowed position. The apparatus comprises a pair of control beams (26, 28). The control beams are propelled along longitudinal (6, 8) and transverse rails (22, 24) to engage and then position a landed aircraft ready for the aircraft to be guided securely to its hangar by a self-propelled shuttle unit (58). When not in use, the control beams may be stored in the hangar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Mactaggart Scott (Holdings) Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Moodie Craig
  • Patent number: 5971324
    Abstract: A multiple altitude satellite relay system is disclosed in which Medium Earth Orbit satellites are continuously linked with at least one geosynchronous satellite to provide uninterrupted relaying of messages and data. The Medium Earth Orbit satellites are synchronized with the geosynchronous satellites to produce continuous links. A parameter to achieve the synchronization involves the positions of the Medium Earth Orbit satellite relays relative to the positions of the geosynchronous satellite relays. Another parameter to achieve synchronization involves the ratio between the orbital periods of the geosynchronous satellite relays relative to the orbital periods of the Medium Earth Orbit satellite relays. These parameters may be further adjusted to provide continuous links above the horizon of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Williams, Peter H. Cress
  • Patent number: 5964433
    Abstract: The boundary layer of a fluid travelling in a mean-flow direction relative to a surface of a wall of a body is controlled by generating in the fluid a magnetic field B having flux lines along the surface of the wall and an electric current density J traversing the magnetic flux lines in the fluid to form a control region. The magnetic field B and the electric current density J create in the control region a force J.times.B that introduces a vorticity distribution .omega. (x,y,z,t) into the flow. A plurality of such control regions is arranged in an two-dimensional array of control tiles that are actuated such that over the array the vorticity at the wall in the direction transverse to the free-stream direction is reduced and creation of the boundary layer vorticity concentrations in the free-stream direction is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: The Trustees of Princeton Univ.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Nosenchuck
  • Patent number: 5964819
    Abstract: A vehicle yawing behavior control apparatus for controlling the vehicle behavior to bring the actual vehicle yawing motion into agreement with the calculated target value calculated based on the parameters representing a condition of vehicle movement. At least vehicle yaw rate and slip angle representing an actual value of vehicle yawing motion is detected. When the detected vehicle slip angle is directed outside with respect to the vehicle movement and is greater than a reference slip angle, the calculated target vehicle yawing motion value is corrected outside with respect to the vehicle movement to a greater degree at a greater deviation of the detected vehicle slip angle from the reference slip angle. The reference slip angle is increased as the calculated target vehicle yawing motion value increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Genpei Naito
  • Patent number: 5957410
    Abstract: A low earth orbiting satellite control arrangement according to the invention has an earth sensor for measuring roll and pitch of the satellite relative to an earth oriented moving reference system, a spin wheel mounted along an axis perpendicular to the orbital plane of the satellite for measuring spin of the satellite, and two magnet coils for generating control. A first of the two magnet coils is aligned substantially in parallel to a roll axis of the satellite, and the second is aligned substantially parallel to the yaw axis. Alternative control algorithms are disclosed for controlling attitude, nutation and spin of the satellite based on information from the earth sensor, spin wheel and an observer which is also mounted on the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG
    Inventors: Ernst Bruederle, Michael Surauer, Walter Fichter
  • Patent number: 5957990
    Abstract: A controller for a motor vehicle device, such as a transmission. The transmission ratio is automatically controlled in dependence on at least the accelerator pedal position and the driving speed, using stored characteristic maps. A fuzzy logic circuit has at least one rule base. Various signals, which characterize driving states and the load state of the motor vehicle, are evaluated by the fuzzy logic circuit and control signals are generated in response. The control signals define the transmission ratio. At a predefined dynamic driving state, an additional control signal is generated by the fuzzy logic circuit, by means of which signal a change to the transmission ratio is carried out. That change is independent of the respective characteristic map. Dynamic driving states of this type are, for example, the occurrence of an impermissible wheel brake slip or driving down relatively long downhill gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Friedrich Graf, Frank Lohrenz
  • Patent number: 5947419
    Abstract: An aerial cargo container system for transporting cargo from an aircraft to the ground having a cargo box with a continuous side wall with six rectangular side panels, and rotor blades having stowed positions against alternating box side panels and deployed positions extending outwardly from the box in a generally horizontal plane. Each blade may include a lower panel and an upper panel that has two triangular sections behind the leading edge that forms an aerodynamic camber. The blades are hinged to a rotor hub secured across the top of the box. The upward deployment of the blades is limited by tethers extending from the blades down to a tether attach frame secured across the bottom of the box. The box and blades are preferably formed of corrugated paper or plastic material. The entire unit rotates with the load to create aerodynamic braking and lower cargo to the ground with a minimum of energy being translated to the cargo on impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventors: Charles M. Warren, Charles V. Warren
  • Patent number: 5948044
    Abstract: A hybrid system for stabilizing the attitude of an instrument relative to a dynamic platform includes a plurality of (roll, pitch and yaw) inertial rate sensors, whose outputs are sampled at a rate sufficient to provide real time tracking of changes in orientation of the platform, and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, whose precision platform attitude output is updated periodically, but at a rate less than the rate of change of attitude of the platform. The inertial rate sensors provide effectively continuous motion (e.g., angular rate) data signals representative of three-dimensional changes in attitude (position derivative signals) of the platform. The inertial rate output are integrated to provide output signals representative of the dynamic orientation of the platform. Sequential outputs of the integration-processing circuitry are also coupled to a sample buffer, which is controllably read-out in accordance with the periodic updates from the GPS receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Varley, John J. Maney
  • Patent number: 5934613
    Abstract: The thrust reverser for a turbo-fan engine is comprised of: a plurality of oors located in openings radially spaced in a shroud enclosing the engine and canalizing the jet flow from the engine, the doors being adapted to be pivoted, within a fixed structure, from a stowed position, in which they do not interfere with the jet flow, to a deployed position in which they block the jet flow and deflect it through the openings; an actuator having a body attached to the fixed structure and a rod attached to the center of each pivoting door for moving the door from the stowed position to the deployed position, and vice versa; and sealing elements comprising a main seal provided on the fixed structure and a separate annular seal located around the actuator body, the sealing elements mating with each door, when in the stowed position, and with the fixed structure to prevent pressure leakage of the jet flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Societe de Construction des Avions Hurel-Dubois (societe anonyme)
    Inventors: Robert R. Standish, Alain Fournier
  • Patent number: 5931411
    Abstract: In a novel hovering aircraft, an airfoil blade structure rotatable about a vertical axis comprises a set of upper blades and a set of lower blades, all having variable lift, the upper blades converging toward the lower blades from root to tip. Struts, located inboard of the blade tips, keep the tips of the upper and lower blades separate from each other to reduce interference effects, and also support motors and propellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Aereon Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Risser, William F. Putman
  • Patent number: 5931417
    Abstract: A non-geostationary low earth orbit satellite constellation using elliptical orbits with apogees in the Northern Hemisphere to provide continuous coverage over the Continental United States of America (CONUS), and by extension to the other points in the Northern Hemisphere situated above 25.degree. north latitude. The constellation provides time-continuous visibility with at least one satellite to any point above 25.degree. North latitude. An extension of the constellation has a combination of the elliptical orbits and at least one equatorial orbit to provide virtual global coverage. The distribution of capacity is deployed in proportion to the distribution of populations in the land masses of the earth. Time continuous visibility with at least one satellite is maintained by any point on earth north of the 50.degree. South latitude, with a minimum number of satellites deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Mobile Communications Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: David Castiel
  • Patent number: 5922033
    Abstract: An earth chord sensor on board a satellite produces an electrical pulse as the satellite spins and sweeps the sensor across the earth. If the satellite is spinning at a low spin rate or if the sensor is measuring a long earth chord, the sensor produces an irregular pulse with sharp voltage peaks rather than a near trapezoidal pulse. The present invention digitizes the output of the earth chord sensor and a processor processes the digitized output through a data buffer to detect the leading edge peak and trailing edge peak of the pulse. The processor may detect the peaks through parabolic curve fitting among the digitized data points of the sensor output. The processor calculates the earth chord time as the time width of the pulse between the detected leading edge peak and trailing edge peak of the pulse and transmits, by telemetry, the calculated earth chord time to a ground station for use in satellite positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Richard I. Milford, John R. Selmon, John F. Yocum
  • Patent number: 5911389
    Abstract: A constellation (100) comprising a plurality of man-made satellites (1-27). The satellites (1-27) orbit a celestial body (110) along a plurality of orbits (120-128), which are located at a substantially common altitude and have a substantially common inclination. The satellites (1-27) are positioned in a predetermined order substantially along a wave (130). Each satellite (1-27) maintains its position in the predetermined order along the wave (130) while orbiting the celestial body (110). A system in accordance with the invention may further include a ground station adapted for enabling communication with at least one of the satellites (1-27). The satellites (1-27) may be positioned based on a Walker code T/P/F, where T is the total number of satellites (1-27) in a full Walker rosette corresponding to the Walker code, P is the number of distinct orbits (120-128), and F/T is the phase shift between adjacent orbits (120-128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corp.
    Inventor: John H. Drake
  • Patent number: 5908177
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a flight control system comprising a control member, a control surface controllable to assume different angle positions within a control angle range, a transmission linkage provided between the control member and the control surface to transmit the control force from the control member to the control surface, and a power assist actuator associated with the control member and the transmission linkage to control the control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Yasunari Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5906337
    Abstract: A multiple altitude satellite relay system is disclosed in which Medium Earth Orbit satellites are continuously linked with at least one Geosynchronous satellite to provide uninterrupted relaying of messages and data. The Medium Earth Orbit satellites are synchronized with the Geosynchronous satellites to produce continuous links. A parameter to achieve the synchronization involves the positions of the Medium Earth Orbit satellite relays relative to the positions of the Geosynchronous satellite relays. Another parameter to achieve synchronization involves the ratio between the orbital periods of the Geosynchronous satellite relays relative to the orbital periods of the Medium Earth Orbit satellite relays. These parameters may be further adjusted to provide continuous links above the horizon of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Williams, Peter H. Cress
  • Patent number: 5893043
    Abstract: A process and an arrangement for determining the position of a vehicle moving on a given track by using a map matching process is provided. At least three types of position measuring data in the form of object site data, path length data and route course data are obtained. By use of a computer unit, for each type of measuring data, a data correlation is carried out with a respective pertaining stored desired data quantity for the determination of respective position results which then are evaluated, in an m-out-of-n decision making process. In this process, a given number m of the n determined position results is taken into account. With comparatively low expenditures, this permits a reliable and error-tolerant vehicle position determination for use, for example, for railway vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Moehlenbrink, Gerd Moehrke, Peter Boese
  • Patent number: RE36215
    Abstract: A system for circulating heated gases within the circular leading edge of a jet engine housing to prevent ice build-up thereon, or to remove accumulated ice thereform. Hot gases such as air from a hot, high pressure section of the jet-engine are directed through a conduit. The conduit enters the annular leading edge housing, usually from the aft side through a bulkhead, then turns about 90.degree. to a direction tangential to the leading edge annulus. The hot gases exiting the tube entrain the cooler air in the housing, causing a much larger mass of air to swirl circularly around the annular housing. The entering hot gasses heat the mass of air to an intermediate, but still relatively hot, temperature. This large mass of circularly moving hot air is quite efficient in uniformly transferring heat to the skin of the leading edge without leaving any relatively cold areas and preventing the formation of ice thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventor: Herman Allen Rosenthal
  • Patent number: RE36487
    Abstract: The craft is for hovering flight, vertical takeoff and landing, and horizontal forward flight. It has a tail-sitting fuselage and a ducted fan mounted to the fuselage aft to provide propulsion in both (a) hovering and vertical flight and (b) horizontal forward flight. At each side is a floating wing, supported from the fuselage for passive rotation (or an actuator-controlled optimized emulation of such rotation) about a spanwise axis, to give lift in forward flight. The fuselage attitude varies between vertical in hovering and vertical flight, and generally horizontal in forward flight. Preferably the fuselage is not articulated; there is just one fan, the sole source of propulsion, rotating about only an axis parallel to the fuselage; and thrust-vectoring control vanes operate aft of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Freewing Aerial Robotics Corporation
    Inventor: Barnaby Wainfan