Patents by Inventor Arnold H. Lanckton

Arnold H. Lanckton 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: 5517419
    Abstract: A tractor and trailer together with a post-processing system that uses GPS satellites together with a dead reckoning system and associated cameras and sensors to determine the exact location of the system, translating this location information onto several photogrammetric mapping collectors for the purposes of developing an orthographic database image that can be correlated with other onboard sensors for determining the precise location of terrain features. The main sensor platform comprises a GPS receiver together with a plurality of visual sensors and a dead reckoning system mounted on a trailer. The GPS data and the dead reckoning data are brought together in a navigation system to provide precise location of the system. The camera system on board the trailer of the system comprises a series of cameras for recording images of the terrain as the trailer proceeds over the terrain of interest. During data collection, digital imagery is transmitted from each camera and received by an on-board computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Synectics Corporation
    Inventors: Arnold H. Lanckton, Randall K. More
  • Patent number: 5216476
    Abstract: The close range Photogrammetric Laser System ("PLS") is an all digital system designed to measure three dimensional ("3-D") surfaces at relatively close ranges. The PLS comprises two modified stereo cameras with associated analog video and digital recording capability. Using synchronized laser illumination and X and Y cylindrical lens arrangements in each stereo camera, all laser illuminated points can be focused onto a linear detector array whose intensities are used to calculate X and Y position of a 3-D target in the image plane of each camera. Photogrammetric techniques are then used to calculate an X, Y and Z position from the X and Y positions measured in the two stereo cameras. An alternate embodiment eliminates the intermediate recording step in favor of a direct recording in the memory of a data processing system for subsequent manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Synectics Corporation
    Inventor: Arnold H. Lanckton