Patents by Inventor Charles W. Morris

Charles W. Morris 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: 10677995
    Abstract: One example includes an optical fiber interface. The interface includes a first substrate comprising a pair of opposing surfaces. The substrate includes an opening extending therethrough that defines an inner periphery. One surface of the opposing surfaces of the first substrate can be configured to be bonded to a given surface of a second substrate. The interface also includes a plurality of optical fibers secured to the other opposing surface of the first substrate and extending inwardly from a plurality of surfaces of the inner periphery at fixed locations to align the set of optical fibers to optical inputs/outputs (I/O) of an optical system chip that is coupled to the given surface of the second substrate and received through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Terrel L Morris, Raymond G Beausoleil, Jason Pelc, Marco Fiorentino, Charles M Santori, Michael W Cumbie
  • Patent number: 10669023
    Abstract: An aerial platform having motive devices for obtaining and maintaining loft of the aerial platform, the motive devices being pivotable relative to a wing of the aerial platform for aerial maneuvering of the aerial platform while generally maintaining stable disposition of the wing relative to the ground. The motive devices may include blades having selectively adjustable pitch for varying output force of respective motive devices. The aerial platform may further include one or more bladed turbines outwardly coupled to the wing and drivable by wind for generating power for the aerial platform. In some cases, the aerial platform may be tethered via a flexible power cable to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gregory W. Heinen, Peter B. Morris, John P. Shea, Charles Miller
  • Publication number: 20200140071
    Abstract: An aerial platform having motive devices for obtaining and maintaining loft of the aerial platform, the motive devices being pivotable relative to a wing of the aerial platform for aerial maneuvering of the aerial platform while generally maintaining stable disposition of the wing relative to the ground. The motive devices may include blades having selectively adjustable pitch for varying output force of respective motive devices. The aerial platform may further include one or more bladed turbines outwardly coupled to the wing and drivable by wind for generating power for the aerial platform. In some cases, the aerial platform may be tethered via a flexible power cable to a power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory W. Heinen, Peter B. Morris, John P. Shea, Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 10000222
    Abstract: Methods and systems that utilize radio frequency identification (RFID) tags mounted at trackside points of interest (POI) together with an RFID tag reader mounted on an end of train (EOT) car. The RFID tag reader and the RFID tags work together to provide information that can be used in a number of ways including, but not limited to, determining train integrity, determining a geographical location of the EOT car, and determine that the EOT car has cleared the trackside POI along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Allshouse, Charles W. Morris, Joseph E. Sanfilippo
  • Patent number: 9715035
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for quantitatively identifying gas zones irrespective of porosity or lithology using nuclear downhole tools are provided. In particular, because some formation materials such as shales can confound some conventional measurements, a gas detection measurement may be obtained that can be used to qualitatively identify gas zones. The gas detection measurement may be based at least partly on a relationship between inelastic gamma rays, neutron capture gamma rays, and experimental or modeled formation data, such that the gas detection measurement qualitatively indicates a gas zone when a gas zone is present in a formation irrespective of a lithology or a porosity of the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles W. Morris, Jeffrey Grant, Aron Kramer
  • Publication number: 20170043797
    Abstract: Methods and systems that utilize radio frequency identification (RFID) tags mounted at trackside points of interest (POI) together with an RFID tag reader mounted on an end of train (EOT) car. The RFID tag reader and the RFID tags work together to provide information that can be used in a number of ways including, but not limited to, determining train integrity, determining a geographical location of the EOT car, and determine that the EOT car has cleared the trackside POI along the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Richard A. ALLSHOUSE, Charles W. MORRIS, Joseph E. SANFILIPPO
  • Publication number: 20160016597
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that can be used to verify a track database of a train management system, for example that the track database has not been corrupted, built with critical errors, or is not being used properly by the software application. In one embodiment, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are mounted on the trackside features contained in the track database. The tags contain data such as the geographical coordinates of the trackside features and a unique feature identifier that uniquely identifies the respective feature. As the train passes the trackside feature, a tag reader on the train reads the tag to gather the geographical coordinates and the feature identifier. The train management system then compares the geographical coordinates and/or the feature identifier from the tag with the expected geographical coordinates and/or the expected feature identifier in the track database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventor: Charles W. MORRIS
  • Patent number: 9174657
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that can be used to verify a track database of a train management system, for example that the track database has not been corrupted, built with critical errors, or is not being used properly by the software application. In one embodiment, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are mounted on the trackside features contained in the track database. The tags contain data such as the geographical coordinates of the trackside features and a unique feature identifier that uniquely identifies the respective feature. As the train passes the trackside feature, a tag reader on the train reads the tag to gather the geographical coordinates and the feature identifier. The train management system then compares the geographical coordinates and/or the feature identifier from the tag with the expected geographical coordinates and/or the expected feature identifier in the track database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Patent number: 8918237
    Abstract: Systems and methods that can be used in a Positive Train Control system to continuously monitor train integrity and end of train location using radio frequency (RF) ranging techniques to determine the line of sight distance between the head end and the end of the train. The systems and methods allow PTC controlled trains to maintain positive length of train awareness and to determine if a portion of the train separates unintentionally. The systems and methods can be implemented on existing RF infrastructure used on trains, without impacting existing messaging traffic, adding bandwidth or power requirements. The systems and methods work on stretched trains running on tangent or straight track, as well as on foreshortened trains running on curved track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Publication number: 20140277859
    Abstract: Systems and methods that can be used in a Positive Train Control system to continuously monitor train integrity and end of train location using radio frequency (RF) ranging techniques to determine the line of sight distance between the head end and the end of the train. The systems and methods allow PTC controlled trains to maintain positive length of train awareness and to determine if a portion of the train separates unintentionally. The systems and methods can be implemented on existing RF infrastructure used on trains, without impacting existing messaging traffic, adding bandwidth or power requirements. The systems and methods work on stretched trains running on tangent or straight track, as well as on foreshortened trains running on curved track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles W. MORRIS
  • Publication number: 20140263862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that can be used to verify a track database of a train management system, for example that the track database has not been corrupted, built with critical errors, or is not being used properly by the software application. In one embodiment, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are mounted on the trackside features contained in the track database. The tags contain data such as the geographical coordinates of the trackside features and a unique feature identifier that uniquely identifies the respective feature. As the train passes the trackside feature, a tag reader on the train reads the tag to gather the geographical coordinates and the feature identifier. The train management system then compares the geographical coordinates and/or the feature identifier from the tag with the expected geographical coordinates and/or the expected feature identifier in the track database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles W. MORRIS
  • Patent number: 8688297
    Abstract: Methods and systems for continually measuring the length of a train operating in a positive train control environment are provided. Particularly, the methods and systems provided herein equate repetitive line of sight ranging measurements from the head end to the rear end of a train with the physically draped length of the train along a mapped track with various horizontal and vertical curvature characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Publication number: 20130234012
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for quantatively identifying gas zones irrespective of porosity or lithology using nuclear downhole tools are provided. In particular, because some formation materials such as shales can confound some conventional measurements, a gas detection measurement may be obtained that can be used to qualitatively identify gas zones. The as detection measurement may be based at least partly on a relationship between inelastic gamma rays, neutron capture gamma rays, and experimental or modeled formation data, such that the gas detection measurement qualitatively indicates a gas zone when a gas zone is present in a formation irrespective of a lithology or a porosity of the formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles W. Morris, Jeffrey Grant, Aron Kramer
  • Patent number: 8392103
    Abstract: A database schema is disclosed that can significantly reduce the quantity of data required to describe the geometry of a train track and the geo-locations of features (e.g., grade crossings, mileposts, signals, platforms, switches, spurs, etc.) along the track. In accordance with the illustrative embodiment, a railroad track is represented as a plurality of partitions, each of which has its geometry contained within unique track point elements. Multiple track partitions are then joined together by common track point elements at their boundaries to create continuous rail networks. A compact table schema is employed that enables continuous sections of three-dimensional track splines to be rendered accurately in the track database, irrespective of the location of vertical and horizontal curvature along track segments. The data representation scheme also enables efficient storage of the geo-locations of features along a track, as well as the direct reconstitution of accurate three-dimensional track splines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Meyer, Charles W. Morris
  • Patent number: 8244456
    Abstract: Methods for validating track databases based on the contents of a geological database. The track database stores a piecewise-polynomial spline as a geometric representation of the track, along with offsets from spline points to represent the geo-locations of features on the track. After the computations associated with the geometric representation are completed and the track database is populated, the geo-locations of features in the track database are checked for consistency with the geo-locations of monuments in the geological database. If the geo-location of a feature in the track database is found to differ by more than a threshold distance from its projected geo-location, as computed from offsets from a monument in the geological database, then corrective action is taken. The illustrative embodiment also enables the validation of data values in the track database and relationships among track features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Publication number: 20120116616
    Abstract: Methods and systems for continually measuring the length of a train operating in a positive train control environment are provided. Particularly, the methods and systems provided herein equate repetitive line of sight ranging measurements from the head end to the rear end of a train with the physically draped length of the train along a mapped track with various horizontal and vertical curvature characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles W. MORRIS
  • Patent number: 8126934
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for updating a train track database after track maintenance so that the database correctly reflects any changes to track geometry or to the geo-locations of features along the tracks (e.g., grade crossings, mileposts, signals, platforms, switches, spurs, etc.). Advantageously, the techniques of the illustrative embodiment enable a track maintenance crew to cost-effectively obtain post-maintenance measurements for features without the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit (e.g., using a tape measure, using a laser rangefinder, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Patent number: 8073581
    Abstract: An improved method of rail survey deploys feature identification tags along an inner edge of a train track rail. Each tag includes a unique identifier to identify a respective feature along the train track. Each tag includes a reflector to reflect light to a sensor on a track surveyor. The sensor reads track feature tags without the need for stopping at each feature. A track database is provided that is capable of storing tables that associate track features with geo-locations. As each tag is deployed or read during a rail survey, it can be paired with geo-location data and stored in the track database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Charles W. Morris, Matthew A. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20100235020
    Abstract: A database schema is disclosed that can significantly reduce the quantity of data required to describe the geometry of a train track and the geo-locations of features (e.g., grade crossings, mileposts, signals, platforms, switches, spurs, etc.) along the track. In accordance with the illustrative embodiment, a railroad track is represented as a plurality of partitions, each of which has its geometry contained within unique track point elements. Multiple track partitions are then joined together by common track point elements at their boundaries to create continuous rail networks. A compact table schema is employed that enables continuous sections of three-dimensional track splines to be rendered accurately in the track database, irrespective of the location of vertical and horizontal curvature along track segments. The data representation scheme also enables efficient storage of the geo-locations of features along a track, as well as the direct reconstitution of accurate three-dimensional track splines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Meyer, Charles W. Morris
  • Publication number: 20100235404
    Abstract: Methods for validating track databases based on the contents of a geological database are disclosed. The track database stores a piecewise-polynomial spline as a geometric representation of the track, along with offsets from spline points to represent the geo-locations of features on the track. After the computations associated with the geometric representation are completed and the track database is populated, the geo-locations of features in the track database are checked for consistency with the geo-locations of monuments in the geological database. If the geo-location of a feature in the track database is found to differ by more than a threshold distance from its projected geo-location, as computed from offsets from a monument in the geological database, then corrective action is taken. The illustrative embodiment also enables the validation of data values in the track database and relationships among track features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris