Patents by Inventor John Edward Metzger

John Edward Metzger 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: 10965779
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for spaceborne and airborne computing platforms. In one example, an airborne computing platform includes a plurality of airborne devices, with one or more of the airborne devices comprising specialized roles defined by at least one among software elements and hardware elements targeted to the specialized roles. Individual ones of the airborne devices are configured to identify tasks to be serviced using one or more of the specialized roles, determine one or more target devices to handle the tasks based at least in part on attributes of the target devices, and transfer at least task instructions for delivery to the target devices for performing the tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger, Robert Randall Cleave
  • Patent number: 10929205
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment and management of converged resources across satellites, aircraft, and ground-based nodes to perform user tasks and applications. In one implementation, a system includes a first physical node that monitors sensor data to determine when the sensor data qualifies for an operation triggering event. Once the sensor data qualifies for the operation triggering event, the first physical node may generate and communicate a notification to a second physical node to initiate a new operation to support the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Randall Cleave, Shaun B. Coleman, John Edward Metzger
  • Publication number: 20200329104
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein manage data from spaceborne and airborne nodes. In one implementation, a control system may obtain sensor data from sensors of spaceborne or airborne nodes. Once obtained, the control system may process the sensor data to determine metadata associated with the sensor data. Once processed, the sensor data may be stored in one or more data stores, such that applications may access the data based at least in part on the metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10805001
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for deploying applications in spaceborne and airborne devices. In one example, a satellite device includes one or more sensor systems, a communication interface, and a virtualized execution system. The virtualized execution system is configured to receive state information via the communication interface from at least a peer device related to execution of one or more software payloads by the peer device, and execute one or more virtual nodes based at least on the state information to employ the one or more sensor systems and establish imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger
  • Patent number: 10797969
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein manage the initiation of applications in a system of physical nodes. In one example, a control system may identify a triggering event to initiate an application in the system based on sensor data obtained from at least a subset of the physical nodes. In response to the triggering event, the control system may identify a physical node with an image to support the execution of the application, initiate execution of the application associated with the image, and allocate or provide state information to the executing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, Robert Randall Cleave, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10776158
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein manage the deployment of applications across multiple provisioning layers. In managing the applications, a management service may monitor resource usage by the applications that are executing in a first provisioning layer, wherein the first provisioning layer comprises physical nodes such as airborne or spaceborne nodes. While monitoring the resource usage, the management service may determine when the resource usage by the applications satisfies migration criteria and, when the applications satisfy the migration criteria, select one or more of the applications to be offloaded to another provisioning layer. Once selected, the management service may initiate deployment of the one or more applications in the other provisioning layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Randall Cleave, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20200274947
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for spaceborne and airborne computing platforms. In one example, an airborne computing platform includes a plurality of airborne devices, with one or more of the airborne devices comprising specialized roles defined by at least one among software elements and hardware elements targeted to the specialized roles. Individual ones of the airborne devices are configured to identify tasks to be serviced using one or more of the specialized roles, determine one or more target devices to handle the tasks based at least in part on attributes of the target devices, and transfer at least task instructions for delivery to the target devices for performing the tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger, Robert Randall Cleave
  • Patent number: 10749959
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for managing data storage in a spaceborne or airborne platform. In one implementation, an airborne device in an airborne platform may identify a request to store a data object in a storage pool provided by a plurality of airborne devices. The airborne device will further identify at least one airborne device for storing the data object from the plurality of airborne devices, and communicate the data object to the at least one airborne device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, John Edward Metzger
  • Publication number: 20200250008
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein manage the deployment of applications across multiple provisioning layers. In managing the applications, a management service may monitor resource usage by the applications that are executing in a first provisioning layer, wherein the first provisioning layer comprises physical nodes such as airborne or spaceborne nodes. While monitoring the resource usage, the management service may determine when the resource usage by the applications satisfies migration criteria and, when the applications satisfy the migration criteria, select one or more of the applications to be offloaded to another provisioning layer. Once selected, the management service may initiate deployment of the one or more applications in the other provisioning layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Randall Cleave, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10715601
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment of applications in an airborne and spaceborne system. In one implementation, when an application is to be deployed to the system, the system identifies a subset of physical nodes with sensor data associated with the application. Once identified, the system determines accessibility data for the physical nodes of the system to access the sensor data associated with the application and deploys the application to at least one physical node based on the accessibility data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20200169608
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment of applications in an airborne and spaceborne system. In one implementation, when an application is to be deployed to the system, the system identifies a subset of physical nodes with sensor data associated with the application. Once identified, the system determines accessibility data for the physical nodes of the system to access the sensor data associated with the application and deploys the application to at least one physical node based on the accessibility data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20200145491
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment and management of resources across spaceborne, airborne, and ground-based physical nodes to perform user tasks and applications. In one implementation, physical nodes of a system collect sensor data from physical sensors. Once collected, the physical nodes apportion the sensor data among logical sensors associated with the physical sensors and provides data streams to data requestors as originating from the logical sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20200133746
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment and management of converged resources across satellites, aircraft, and ground-based nodes to perform user tasks and applications. In one implementation, a system includes a first physical node that monitors sensor data to determine when the sensor data qualifies for an operation triggering event. Once the sensor data qualifies for the operation triggering event, the first physical node may generate and communicate a notification to a second physical node to initiate a new operation to support the triggering event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Randall Cleave, Shaun B. Coleman, John Edward Metzger
  • Publication number: 20200028578
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for deploying applications in spaceborne and airborne devices. In one example, a satellite device includes one or more sensor systems, a communication interface, and a virtualized execution system. The virtualized execution system is configured to receive state information via the communication interface from at least a peer device related to execution of one or more software payloads by the peer device, and execute one or more virtual nodes based at least on the state information to employ the one or more sensor systems and establish imaging data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger
  • Publication number: 20200028908
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for managing data storage in a spaceborne or airborne platform. In one implementation, an airborne device in an airborne platform may identify a request to store a data object in a storage pool provided by a plurality of airborne devices. The airborne device will further identify at least one airborne device for storing the data object from the plurality of airborne devices, and communicate the data object to the at least one airborne device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, John Edward Metzger
  • Patent number: 10498595
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for the deployment and management of converged resources across satellites, aircraft, and ground-based nodes to perform user tasks and applications. In one implementation, a method includes identifying a request for a logical node and identifying physical requirements of the logical node. The method further includes selecting physical nodes from a plurality of physical nodes to support the physical requirements of the logical node and distributing configuration data to the physical nodes to implement the logical node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Senthilkumar Narayanasamy, John Edward Metzger, Shaun B. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10491710
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for spaceborne and airborne computing platforms. In one example, an airborne computing platform includes a plurality of airborne devices, with one or more of the airborne devices comprising specialized roles defined by at least one among software elements and hardware elements targeted to the specialized roles. Individual ones of the airborne devices are configured to identify tasks to be serviced using one or more of the specialized roles, determine one or more target devices to handle the tasks based at least in part on attributes of the target devices, and transfer at least task instructions for delivery to the target devices for performing the tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger, Robert Randall Cleave
  • Publication number: 20190149634
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for spaceborne and airborne computing platforms. In one example, an airborne computing platform includes a plurality of airborne devices, with one or more of the airborne devices comprising specialized roles defined by at least one among software elements and hardware elements targeted to the specialized roles. Individual ones of the airborne devices are configured to identify tasks to be serviced using one or more of the specialized roles, determine one or more target devices to handle the tasks based at least in part on attributes of the target devices, and transfer at least task instructions for delivery to the target devices for performing the tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun B. Coleman, Darren D. Garber, John Edward Metzger, Robert Randall Cleave