Patents by Inventor Emily J. Pikor

Emily J. Pikor 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10654550
    Abstract: Disclosed are an improved nozzle for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), and a method for operating the same. The nozzle includes a first rigid member operatively coupled to a UUV steering mechanism. The nozzle also has a second rigid member, coupled to the first rigid member by a flexible bellows according to a configurable operating angle. The nozzle does not extend beyond a bounding surface when stored but does when deployed. Water traversing the first rigid member and contacting the second rigid member produces a reactive force according to the configurable operating angle. Simultaneous and independent control of the volume of fluid traversing several such nozzles in the UUV, and their respective orientations and operating angles, permits automatic station-keeping or navigation according to another guidance objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Emily J. Pikor
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190248458
    Abstract: Disclosed are an improved nozzle for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), and a method for operating the same. The nozzle includes a first rigid member operatively coupled to a UUV steering mechanism. The nozzle also has a second rigid member, coupled to the first rigid member by a flexible bellows according to a configurable operating angle. The nozzle does not extend beyond a bounding surface when stored but does when deployed. Water traversing the first rigid member and contacting the second rigid member produces a reactive force according to the configurable operating angle. Simultaneous and independent control of the volume of fluid traversing several such nozzles in the UUV, and their respective orientations and operating angles, permits automatic station-keeping or navigation according to another guidance objective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Emily J. Pikor
  • Patent number: 7963242
    Abstract: An anchor holds a variety of mooring system elements, including processor-controlled cable brakes, prior to deployment of the anchor. The anchor is configured to automatically deploy the elements of the mooring system into a desired underwater configuration. A method of deploying an ocean anchor includes controlling cable brakes and results in the elements of the mooring system being deployed into a desired underwater configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wiggin, David A. Sharp, Marc A. Brown, Christopher C. Mello, Frank H. Hitzke, David A. Giroux, Douglas L. Veilleux, II, Emily J. Pikor, Edward M. Gaboriault, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100068955
    Abstract: An anchor holds a variety of mooring system elements, including processor-controlled cable brakes, prior to deployment of the anchor. The anchor is configured to automatically deploy the elements of the mooring system into a desired underwater configuration. A method of deploying an ocean anchor includes controlling cable brakes and results in the elements of the mooring system being deployed into a desired underwater configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wiggin, David A. Sharp, Marc A. Brown, Christopher C. Mello, Frank H. Hitzke, David A. Giroux, Douglas L. Veilleux, II, Emily J. Pikor, Edward M. Gaboriault, JR.