Patents by Inventor Andrew D. Wilby

Andrew D. Wilby has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10793242
    Abstract: An underwater vehicle includes a plurality of releasable panel members that are initially in a storage state in which the releasable panel members form a closed housing and the underwater vehicle is neutrally buoyant, an actuatable effector that is retained in the closed housing. The effector has an anchor and a positively buoyant upper unit opposite the anchor. When the plurality of releasable panel members are released to open the closed housing, the effector is separable from the releasable panel members and maintained in a vertically downward direction by the anchor and the positively buoyant upper unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, Joseph M. Misulia
  • Publication number: 20200172216
    Abstract: An underwater vehicle includes a plurality of releasable panel members that are initially in a storage state in which the releasable panel members form a closed housing and the underwater vehicle is neutrally buoyant, an actuatable effector that is retained in the closed housing. The effector has an anchor and a positively buoyant upper unit opposite the anchor. When the plurality of releasable panel members are released to open the closed housing, the effector is separable from the releasable panel members and maintained in a vertically downward direction by the anchor and the positively buoyant upper unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, Joseph M. Misulia
  • Patent number: 10654549
    Abstract: An underwater vehicle includes a longitudinal body that defines a longitudinal axis and is rotatable about the longitudinal axis between a forward orientation and a sideways orientation, a wing attached to the longitudinal body that is moveable between a vertically extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the forward orientation and a horizontally extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the sideways orientation, a propulsion system having a front propulsion device and a rear propulsion device that is arranged rearwardly along the longitudinal axis relative to the front propulsion device, and an after-propulsion system arranged at a rear end of the longitudinal body that provides thrust along the longitudinal axis. The secondary propulsion system provides thrust in a perpendicular direction relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, Emily J. Pikor, Joseph M. Misulia
  • Publication number: 20200115016
    Abstract: An underwater vehicle includes a longitudinal body that defines a longitudinal axis and is rotatable about the longitudinal axis between a forward orientation and a sideways orientation, a wing attached to the longitudinal body that is moveable between a vertically extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the forward orientation and a horizontally extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the sideways orientation, a propulsion system having a front propulsion device and a rear propulsion device that is arranged rearwardly along the longitudinal axis relative to the front propulsion device, and an after-propulsion system arranged at a rear end of the longitudinal body that provides thrust along the longitudinal axis. The secondary propulsion system provides thrust in a perpendicular direction relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, Emily J. Pikor, Joseph M. Misulia
  • Patent number: 10006997
    Abstract: A system and method to detect an object buried beneath the seabed are described. The system includes a moving platform, a low frequency signal source coupled to the platform to transmit a low frequency signal to an area of the seabed, and a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) coupled to the platform to transmit a plurality of transmission beams to the area of the seabed at a respective plurality of angles at each position of a plurality of positions of the platform over the area. The LDV includes a plurality of receivers that receive a respective plurality of reflection beams resulting from the plurality of transmission beams. A processor develops a three-dimensional image that indicates the object, the processor determining a reflection value at each point of the three-dimensional image as a coherent combination of reflection from the point contributing to each of the plurality of reflection beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: Andrew D. Wilby
  • Publication number: 20160252616
    Abstract: A system and method to detect an object buried beneath the seabed are described. The system includes a moving platform, a low frequency signal source coupled to the platform to transmit a low frequency signal to an area of the seabed, and a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) coupled to the platform to transmit a plurality of transmission beams to the area of the seabed at a respective plurality of angles at each position of a plurality of positions of the platform over the area. The LDV includes a plurality of receivers that receive a respective plurality of reflection beams resulting from the plurality of transmission beams. A processor develops a three-dimensional image that indicates the object, the processor determining a reflection value at each point of the three-dimensional image as a coherent combination of reflection from the point contributing to each of the plurality of reflection beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew D. Wilby
  • Patent number: 8275172
    Abstract: Classification of a potential target is accomplished by receiving image information, detecting a potential target within the image information and determining a plurality of features forming a feature set associated with the potential target. The location of the potential target is compared with a detection database to determine if it is close to an element in the detection database. If not, a single-pass classifier receives a potential target's feature set, classifies the potential target, and transmits the location, feature set and classification to the detection database. If it is close, a fused multi-pass feature determiner determines fused multi-pass features of the potential target and a multi-pass classifier receives the potential target's feature set and fused multi-pass features, classifies the potential target, and transmits its location, feature set, fused multi-pass features and classification to the detection database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, J. Kent Harbaugh
  • Publication number: 20110103642
    Abstract: Classification of a potential target is accomplished by receiving image information, detecting a potential target within the image information and determining a plurality of features forming a feature set associated with the potential target. The location of the potential target is compared with a detection database to determine if it is close to an element in the detection database. If not, a single-pass classifier receives a potential target's feature set, classifies the potential target, and transmits the location, feature set and classification to the detection database. If it is close, a fused multi-pass feature determiner determines fused multi-pass features of the potential target and a multi-pass classifier receives the potential target's feature set and fused multi-pass features, classifies the potential target, and transmits its location, feature set, fused multi-pass features and classification to the detection database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Applied Signal Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilby, J. Kent Harbaugh