Patents by Inventor Greg Alan Ritter

Greg Alan Ritter 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: 8743372
    Abstract: A whispering-gallery-mode-based seismometer provides for receiving laser light into an optical fiber, operatively coupling the laser light from the optical fiber into a whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator, operatively coupling a spring of a spring-mass assembly to a housing structure; and locating the whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator between the spring-mass assembly and the housing structure so as to provide for compressing the whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator between the spring-mass assembly and the housing structure responsive to a dynamic compression force from the spring-mass assembly responsive to a motion of the housing structure relative to an inertial frame of reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Michigan Aerospace Corporation, Southern Methodist University
    Inventors: Dominique Claire Fourguette, M. Volkan Otugen, Liane Marie Larocque, Greg Alan Ritter, Jason Jeffrey Meeusen, Tindaro Ioppolo
  • Patent number: 8333347
    Abstract: For each capture mechanism of a plurality of three capture mechanisms, a necked coupling element received by a corresponding socket slides therealong and engages a corresponding latch lever biased in an open position and rotates the latch lever to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom thereof. A latch locked biased against the latch lever engages a notch in the latch lever when the latch lever is closed so as to latch the latch lever in the closed position and thereby capture the necked coupling element within the socket. The latch lever is unlatched by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch. Different latch levers incorporate different shaped surfaces that engage different corresponding necked coupling elements captured thereby so as to provide for respectively constraining in one, two and three degrees-of-freedom, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Publication number: 20120291241
    Abstract: For each capture mechanism of a plurality of three capture mechanisms, a necked coupling element received by a corresponding socket slides therealong and engages a corresponding latch lever biased in an open position and rotates the latch lever to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom thereof. A latch locked biased against the latch lever engages a notch in the latch lever when the latch lever is closed so as to latch the latch lever in the closed position and thereby capture the necked coupling element within the socket. The latch lever is unlatched by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch. Different latch levers incorporate different shaped surfaces that engage different corresponding necked coupling elements captured thereby so as to provide for respectively constraining in one, two and three degrees-of-freedom, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Alan RITTER, Anthony Beckman HAYS, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Gregory Joseph WASSICK
  • Patent number: 8245370
    Abstract: A capture mechanism provides for receiving a necked coupling element within a socket, providing for the necked coupling element to slide therewith, biasing a latch lever in an open position so as to provide for receiving the necked coupling element within the socket adjacent to the latch lever, rotating the latch lever with the necked coupling element from the open position to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom of the socket, biasing a latch lock against the latch lever, engaging the latch lock with the latch lever when the latch lever is in the closed position so as to provide for latching the latch lever in the closed position and capturing the necked coupling element within the socket, and providing for unlatching the latch lever by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 8240613
    Abstract: First and second portions of a docking system are releasably connected with one another using at least one latch mechanism that can be reusably released either from the first portion of the docking system or from the second portion of the docking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Publication number: 20120056363
    Abstract: A leaf spring formed of sheet elastic material comprises a plurality of at least three elastic structures connecting a central and peripheral portions of the leaf spring to one another, wherein each elastic structure is substantially identically shaped, and is azimuthally equiangularly spaced and equiradially located around and relative to a center of the central portion of the leaf spring. Each elastic structure incorporates at least one pair of serpentine profiles, wherein each serpentine profile of the pair defines a corresponding edge of a common portion of the sheet elastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Greg Alan RITTER, Dominique Claire FOURGUETTE, Liane Marie LAROCQUE
  • Publication number: 20120056072
    Abstract: A whispering-gallery-mode-based seismometer provides for receiving laser light into an optical fiber, operatively coupling the laser light from the optical fiber into a whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator, operatively coupling a spring of a spring-mass assembly to a housing structure; and locating the whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator between the spring-mass assembly and the housing structure so as to provide for compressing the whispering-gallery-mode-based optical resonator between the spring-mass assembly and the housing structure responsive to a dynamic compression force from the spring-mass assembly responsive to a motion of the housing structure relative to an inertial frame of reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Dominique Claire FOURGUETTE, M. Volkan OTUGEN, Liane Marie LAROCQUE, Greg Alan RITTER, Jason Jeffrey MEEUSEN, Tindaro IOPPOLO
  • Patent number: 8056864
    Abstract: A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear actuator moves a flexible docking cable assembly relative to a support structure through bores therein and through the probe head. An aftward retraction of the docking cable assembly causes a linearly-actuated cam element thereof to rotate a rotary cam follower pivoted from the support structure, which engages an aft edge portion of the probe head, forcing the probe head forward. A plurality of distal coupling elements operatively coupled to the support structure around a central axis thereof engage with and become releasably captured by a corresponding socket and associated capture mechanism of a mating second portion of the docking system, and rigidized when the probe head is forced against the central concave conical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Beckman Hays, Greg Alan Ritter, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 7992824
    Abstract: An end effector operatively coupled to an extendable tensile element extended from a first vehicle engages a primary receptacle of a second vehicle. The first and second vehicles are drawn together by retracting the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle until contact therebetween, after which roll axes of the first and second vehicles become substantially aligned responsive to a further retraction of the extendable tensile element into the first vehicle and a resulting tension in the extendable tensile element. At least one alignment post of at least one of the first and second vehicles engages with at least one surface of at least one corresponding secondary receptacle so as to at least substantially align the first and second vehicles in roll responsive to the tension in the extendable tensile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Anthony Beckman Hays, Gregory Joseph Wassick, Greg Alan Ritter
  • Publication number: 20110008102
    Abstract: A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear actuator moves a flexible docking cable assembly relative to a support structure through bores therein and through the probe head. An aftward retraction of the docking cable assembly causes a linearly-actuated cam element thereof to rotate a rotary cam follower pivoted from the support structure, which engages an aft edge portion of the probe head, forcing the probe head forward. A plurality of distal coupling elements operatively coupled to the support structure around a central axis thereof engage with and become releasably captured by a corresponding socket and associated capture mechanism of a mating second portion of the docking system, and rigidized when the probe head is forced against the central concave conical surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Beckman HAYS, Greg Alan RITTER, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Gregory Joseph WASSICK
  • Publication number: 20110004717
    Abstract: First and second portions of a docking system are releasably connected with one another using at least one latch mechanism that can be reusably released either from the first portion of the docking system or from the second portion of the docking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, JR., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 7861974
    Abstract: A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear actuator moves a flexible docking cable assembly relative to a support structure through bores therein and through the probe head. An aftward retraction of the docking cable assembly causes a linearly-actuated cam element thereof to rotate a rotary cam follower pivoted from the support structure, which engages an aft edge portion of the probe head, forcing the probe head forward. A plurality of distal coupling elements operatively coupled to the support structure around a central axis thereof engage with and become releasably captured by a corresponding socket and associated capture mechanism of a mating second portion of the docking system, and rigidized when the probe head is forced against the central concave conical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Beckman Hays, Greg Alan Ritter, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Patent number: 7828249
    Abstract: First and second releasably connectable portions of a docking system are moved together. A relatively central concave element of the second portion of the docking system contacts a corresponding relatively central mating convex element of the first portion of the docking system. A plurality of relatively distal coupling elements rigidly connected to one of the first and second portions of the docking system are inserted into a corresponding plurality of relatively distal sockets of the other of the first and second portions of the docking system. The plurality of relatively distal coupling elements are captured with a corresponding plurality of relatively distal latch mechanisms associated with the plurality of relatively distal sockets responsive to inserting the plurality of relatively distal coupling elements into the corresponding plurality of relatively distal sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Greg Alan Ritter, Anthony Beckman Hays, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Jane Camile Pavlich, Gregory Joseph Wassick
  • Publication number: 20090173832
    Abstract: A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear actuator moves a flexible docking cable assembly relative to a support structure through bores therein and through the probe head. An aftward retraction of the docking cable assembly causes a linearly-actuated cam element thereof to rotate a rotary cam follower pivoted from the support structure, which engages an aft edge portion of the probe head, forcing the probe head forward. A plurality of distal coupling elements operatively coupled to the support structure around a central axis thereof engage with and become releasably captured by a corresponding socket and associated capture mechanism of a mating second portion of the docking system, and rigidized when the probe head is forced against the central concave conical surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Beckman HAYS, Greg Alan RITTER, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Gregory Joseph WASSICK
  • Publication number: 20090173833
    Abstract: First and second releasably connectable portions of a docking system are moved together. A relatively central concave element of the second portion of the docking system contacts a corresponding relatively central mating convex element of the first portion of the docking system. A plurality of relatively distal coupling elements rigidly connected to one of the first and second portions of the docking system are inserted into a corresponding plurality of relatively distal sockets of the other of the first and second portions of the docking system. The plurality of relatively distal coupling elements are captured with a corresponding plurality of relatively distal latch mechanisms associated with the plurality of relatively distal sockets responsive to inserting the plurality of relatively distal coupling elements into the corresponding plurality of relatively distal sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Alan RITTER, Anthony Beckman HAYS, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Gregory Joseph WASSICK
  • Publication number: 20090146011
    Abstract: A capture mechanism provides for receiving a necked coupling element within a socket, providing for the necked coupling element to slide therewith, biasing a latch lever in an open position so as to provide for receiving the necked coupling element within the socket adjacent to the latch lever, rotating the latch lever with the necked coupling element from the open position to a closed position as the necked coupling element is slid within the socket towards a bottom of the socket, biasing a latch lock against the latch lever, engaging the latch lock with the latch lever when the latch lever is in the closed position so as to provide for latching the latch lever in the closed position and capturing the necked coupling element within the socket, and providing for unlatching the latch lever by releasing the latch lock from engagement with the latch lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Greg Alan RITTER, Anthony Beckman HAYS, Peter TCHORYK, JR., Jane Camile PAVLICH, Gregory Joseph WASSICK
  • Patent number: 7522291
    Abstract: At least one second beam of light from a first beam of light generated by a laser is directed into an atmosphere. Light therefrom scattered by molecules or aerosols in the atmosphere is collected by at least one telescope as at least one light signal, which together with a reference beam from the first beam of light are simultaneously processed by a Fabry-Pérot etalon, and resulting fringe patterns are imaged onto a detector adapted to output a resulting at least one signal responsive thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Byron Hays, Charles J. Richey, Anthony Beckman Hays, Greg Alan Ritter
  • Patent number: 7518736
    Abstract: At least one second beam of light from a first beam of light generated by a laser is directed into an atmosphere. Light therefrom scattered by molecules or aerosols in the atmosphere is collected by at least one telescope as at least one light signal, which together with a reference beam from the first beam of light are simultaneously processed by an interferometer, and resulting fringe patterns are imaged onto a detector adapted to output a resulting at least one signal responsive thereto. In various aspects: a data processor gates the signal to provide a range-responsive measurement; the light signal is multiplexed; a circle-to-line interferometer optic transforms an at least partially circular fringe pattern to a substantially linear fringe pattern; or a CCD detector provides for recording a range-resolved image by successively transferring charges from one adjacent row of photosites to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Byron Hays, Jane Camile Pavlich, Greg Alan Ritter
  • Patent number: 7495774
    Abstract: A first beam of light from a laser is split by a beam splitter into a reference beam and at least one second beam of light, the latter of which is directed into an atmosphere. Light from the at least one second beam of light scattered by molecules or aerosols in the atmosphere is collected by at least one telescope as at least one light signal. The at least one light signal and the reference beam are simultaneously processed by a common interferometer, and resulting fringe patterns are imaged onto a detector and processed by a data processor to determine at least one associated air data product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Byron Hays, Michael Thomas Dehring, Jane Camile Pavlich, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Charles J. Richey, Anthony Beckman Hays, Gregory Joseph Wassick, Greg Alan Ritter
  • Publication number: 20080180691
    Abstract: At least one second beam of light from a first beam of light generated by a laser is directed into an atmosphere. Light therefrom scattered by molecules or aerosols in the atmosphere is collected by at least one telescope as at least one light signal, which together with a reference beam from the first beam of light are simultaneously processed by a Fabry-Pérot etalon, and resulting fringe patterns are imaged onto a detector adapted to output a resulting at least one signal responsive thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Byron Hays, Michael Thomas Dehring, Jane Camile Pavlich, Peter Tchoryk, Charles J. Richey, Anthony Beckman Hays, Gregory Joseph Wassick, Greg Alan Ritter