Patents by Inventor Charles Lavan

Charles Lavan 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).

  • Publication number: 20060261213
    Abstract: An inflatable endurance unmanned vehicle includes an inflatable hull with at least one inflatable wing extending therefrom. The inflatable wing has at least one spar movable between an extended position and a retracted position. Photovoltaic arrays are used to power the vehicle during daytime operation and power an electrolyzer. A fuel cell powers the vehicle during nighttime operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventor: Charles Lavan
  • Publication number: 20060134359
    Abstract: A laminate material for lighter-than-air vehicles includes a liquid crystal polymer fiber layer, a polyimide layer secured to the liquid crystal polymer fiber layer; and a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) layer secured to the polyimide layer. The layers are secured to one another with a polyurethane adhesive. Adjacent laminates may be secured to one another by a PVDF cover tape on the exterior surfaces and a structural tape on the interior surfaces. The structural tape includes a liquid crystal polymer fiber layer and a polyimide layer to ensure the integrity of the vehicle. An alternative material may include a liquid crystal polymer fiber layer and a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) layer disposed on both sides of the liquid crystal polymer fiber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Lavan, Donald Kelly