Patents by Inventor JoeBen Bevirt

JoeBen Bevirt 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: 20200201359
    Abstract: A system and method that function to generate an updated vehicle state based on a previous vehicle state and a set of sensor measurements. The previous vehicle state can be selected from a set of redundant prior vehicle state candidates. The system and method can optionally detect and correct for sensor measurement faults or failures, prior to updating the vehicle state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Burghardt, JoeBen Bevirt, Daniel Burghardt, Kevin O'Connor, Tianyu Gu, Kyle Cordes, Steve Waller
  • Publication number: 20200164993
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200148347
    Abstract: An aircraft including an airframe and a plurality of propulsion assemblies coupled to the airframe, wherein each propulsion assembly includes an electric motor, a propeller coupled to the electric motor, and a tilt mechanism that connects the propulsion assembly to the airframe and transforms the propulsion assembly between a forward configuration and a hover configuration; wherein the plurality of propulsion assemblies is transformable between a forward arrangement and a hover arrangement, wherein each of the plurality of propulsion assemblies is in the forward configuration in the forward arrangement, wherein each of the plurality of propulsion assemblies is in the hover configuration in the hover arrangement, wherein the spacing between at least two of the propellers of the plurality of propulsion assemblies changes between the forward arrangement and the hover arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Edward Stilson, Alex Stoll, Gregor Veble Mikic
  • Patent number: 10625852
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200092052
    Abstract: A fault-tolerant command and control system including a plurality of flight devices, a plurality of flight computers, a distribution network including a plurality of switches and cables connecting the plurality of flight devices to the plurality of flight computers, and a power source connected to the distribution network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Scott MacAfee, JoeBen Bevirt, Jason Ryan
  • Publication number: 20200079500
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight. An aerial vehicle able to quickly alter its thrust. A quick reaction propeller system which alters the pitch of the propeller blades in response to changes in coning angle of the propeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200079502
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200062416
    Abstract: A method for determining airspeed of an aircraft that includes determining a rotor model relating a power coefficient of a propeller of the aircraft to an axial inflow velocity through the propeller as a function of a set of rotor operating parameters; determining the set of rotor operating parameters by sampling an electronic control signal associated with an electric motor actuating the propeller; computing the axial inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of rotor operating parameters using the rotor model; and determining the airspeed based on the axial inflow velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikic, Jason Ryan, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10556700
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20200010187
    Abstract: A power system with a reliability enhancing battery architecture for electric motors adapted for use in an aerial vehicle. Individual batteries may be used to power a subset two or more motors in systems with six or more motors, for example. Each motor may be powered may be powered by two or more subsets of batteries, allowing accommodation for motor failure. With a failed motor in a vertical take-off or landing mode, power may be diverted to other motors to continue proper attitude control, and to provide sufficient thrust. With a failed motor a second motor offset from the failed motor may be powered down to facilitate attitude control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll, Martin van der Geest, Scott MacAfee, Jason Ryan
  • Publication number: 20190375500
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10479490
    Abstract: A system for video imaging and photographing using an autonomous aerial platform. The system may be a quad rotor system using electrically powered propellers. The aerial platform may be commanded by the user to follow an object of interest. The aerial platform may have multiple configurations for its thrust units such that they are clear of the field of view of the imaging device in a first configuration, such that they protect the imaging device during landing in a second configuration, and that allows for efficient storage in a stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Andy Clark
  • Publication number: 20190329858
    Abstract: An aircraft propulsion system with a drag reduction portion adapted to reduce skin friction on at least a portion of the external surface of an aircraft. The drag reduction portion may include an inlet to ingest airflow. The aircraft may also have an internally cooled electric motor adapted for use in an aerial vehicle. The motor may have its stator towards the center and have an external rotor. The rotor structure may be air cooled and may be a complex structure with an internal lattice adapted for airflow. The stator structure may be liquid cooled and may be a complex structure with an internal lattice adapted for liquid to flow through. A fluid pump may pump a liquid coolant through non-rotating portions of the motor stator and then through heat exchangers cooled in part by air which has flowed through the rotating portions of the motor rotor. The drag reduction portion and the cooled electric motor portion may share the same inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Gregor Veble Mikic, Joey Milia, Rob Thodal, Vishnu Vithula
  • Publication number: 20190329859
    Abstract: An aircraft propulsion system with a drag reduction portion adapted to reduce skin friction on at least a portion of the external surface of an aircraft. The drag reduction portion may include an inlet to ingest airflow. The aircraft may also have an internally cooled electric motor adapted for use in an aerial vehicle. The motor may have its stator towards the center and have an external rotor. The rotor structure may be air cooled and may be a complex structure with an internal lattice adapted for airflow. The stator structure may be liquid cooled and may be a complex structure with an internal lattice adapted for liquid to flow through. A fluid pump may pump a liquid coolant through non-rotating portions of the motor stator and then through heat exchangers cooled in part by air which has flowed through the rotating portions of the motor rotor. The drag reduction portion and the cooled electric motor portion may share the same inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Gregor Veble Mikic, Joey Milia, Rob Thodal, Vishnu Vithula
  • Patent number: 10462347
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for positioning a mounted camera. The device includes a holding element that secures the mounted camera to the device, a wireless linkage at which remote attitude commands representing attitude changes of a remote driver are received, a local controller that interprets the remote attitude commands and generates local attitude commands that move the camera to mimic an orientation of the remote driver, and an attitude sensing element that senses a local attitude of the device. The attitude sensing element includes a gyro, an accelerometer, or a magnetometer, and jitter present in the remote attitude commands is removed and not passed on to the local attitude commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Guyot, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Publication number: 20190289193
    Abstract: A system for tracking and video surveillance using an aerial videographic platform. The system may be adapted to follow a user possessing a GPS device with a transmitter, such as an advanced cellular telephone. The aerial platform may be commanded by the user to follow the user during a course of time, such as during the completion of an outdoor activity. The aerial platform may use a video camera to record the user while the user is engaged in the activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventor: JoeBen Bevirt
  • Publication number: 20190199909
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for positioning a mounted camera. The device includes a holding element that secures the mounted camera to the device, a wireless linkage at which remote attitude commands representing attitude changes of a remote driver are received, a local controller that interprets the remote attitude commands and generates local attitude commands that move the camera to mimic an orientation of the remote driver, and an attitude sensing element that senses a local attitude of the device. The attitude sensing element includes a gyro, an accelerometer, or a magnetometer, and jitter present in the remote attitude commands is removed and not passed on to the local attitude commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Josh Guyot, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10315760
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Publication number: 20180316843
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for positioning a mounted camera. The device includes a holding element that secures the mounted camera to the device, a wireless linkage at which remote attitude commands representing attitude changes of a remote driver are received, a local controller that interprets the remote attitude commands and generates local attitude commands that move the camera to mimic an orientation of the remote driver, and an attitude sensing element that senses a local attitude of the device. The attitude sensing element includes a gyro, an accelerometer, or a magnetometer, and jitter present in the remote attitude commands is removed and not passed on to the local attitude commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Guyot, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Publication number: 20180290736
    Abstract: A vertical take-off and landing aircraft which uses fixed rotors for both VTOL and forward flight operations. The rotors form a synthetic wing and are positioned to achieve a high span efficiency. The rotors are positioned to even out the lift across the span of the synthetic wing. The synthetic wing may also have narrow front and rear airfoils which may provide structural support as well as providing lift during forward flight. The wing rotors are tilted forward and provide some forward propulsion during horizontal flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikic, JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll