Patents by Inventor Kent Katterheinrich

Kent Katterheinrich 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: 9187191
    Abstract: A deployable/retractable expandable bag system for enclosure and release of space objects, constructed from materials exhibiting abrasion resistance and ballistic protection. Pressurized expandable textile trusses support textile membrane materials exhibiting radial contracting or collapsing contracting directional qualities. Stabilizing wires define bag length and minimize rotational forces of the captured object. Upon entry of the space object into the bag system, pressurized gas in trusses is released. The expandable trusses and membranes retract over and onto the space object. The expandable bag may be re-pressurized, and the bag re-opened, for removal and redirection of the space object; upon re-stowing, the system is ready for another capture mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Duane Lowell Jensen, Emin Harutoonian, Kent Katterheinrich
  • Publication number: 20150129174
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a heat plate system that includes a closed vessel having at least one flexible surface. The flexible surface allows the vessel to come into intimate contact with heat-generating components (e.g., integrated circuits) residing at varying heights above the floor of a module (e.g., an avionics module). In some embodiments, the material may allow the heat plate to expand in response to absorbing heat, so that it may mold itself around the contours of different heat-generating components, increasing the surface area contact between the heat plate and the components, and increasing the heat plate's ability to conduct heat away from the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Monson, Kent Katterheinrich, Yung-Cheng Lee