Patents by Inventor Bobby L. Ulich

Bobby L. Ulich 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: 4950878
    Abstract: An adaptive optics wavefront control system is presented wherein phase errors are reduced to a minimum using a coarse/fine gradient sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Kaman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Bobby L. Ulich, John D. G. Rather, Gregory H. Ames, Albert J. Lazzarini, Edward Conklin
  • Patent number: 4905009
    Abstract: A distance measuring device transmits a continuous alternating wave from a wave source to a target which reflects it back toward the device. The wave source is activated until such time that a detector associated with the device senses the beginning of the reflected wave at which time the wave source is deactivated. The wave source is deactivated during the time that the reflected wave is sensed by the detector and upon the sensing of the end of the reflected wave, the wave source is again activated. The frequency at which the wave source is alternately activated and deactivated is a measure of the distance between the measuring device and the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Kaman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Bobby L. Ulich, Gregory H. Ames, Albert J. Lazzarini, Edward K. Conkun
  • Patent number: 4865454
    Abstract: An adaptive optical system with local wavefront sensing and control interferometrically determines wavefront phase aberration in an incoming electromagnetic beam and adjusts the reflective surface of a deformable mirror. The system is characterized by wavefront phase sensing local to the deformable mirror and detection apparatus which synchronously detects phase differences between an interferometrically modulated beam and a uniform modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Kaman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Albert J. Lazzarini, Bobby L. Ulich
  • Patent number: 4862257
    Abstract: A novel system for remote detection and imaging of underwater objects is presented. In accordance with the present invention, a laser is used to generate short pulses of light with pulse widths on the order of nanoseconds. The laser light is expanded by optics and projected down towards the surface of the water and to an object. Intensified CCD (charge coupled device) cameras (preferably two) are electronically shuttered after the time delay corresponding to the round trip propagation time and from to the object. This timing eliminates light scattered by the water from in front of and behind the object. As a result, the veiling luminance of the water is greatly attenuated and faint target signatures can be seen. The resulting gated images (displayed on a CRT) have sufficient spatial resolution to classify and/or identify the object. The imaging lidar system of the present invention takes advantage of the fact that all opaque targets will cast a shadow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Kaman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Bobby L. Ulich
  • Patent number: 4825062
    Abstract: An extendable large aperture phased array mirror system includes a plurality of mirror segments cooperatively configured to receive an incoming electromagnetic beam. In response to signals from a sensor indicative of wavefront distortion in the beam, a control apparatus displaces a plurality of segment actuators to configure the mirror segments to generate an outgoing conjugate phase electromagnetic beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Kaman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: John D. G. Rather, Gregory H. Ames, Edward K. Conklin, Albert J. Lazzarini, Joseph Mangano, Bobby L. Ulich