Patents by Inventor Kevin Reed Lutke

Kevin Reed Lutke 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: 10259561
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an airfoil system. A gas may be generated. The gas may be sent into an inflatable airfoil system comprising an inflatable air foil and a section. The inflatable airfoil may have an inner end and an outer end in which the inflatable airfoil may be comprised of a number of materials that substantially pass electromagnetic waves through the inflatable airfoil. The section may have a number of openings in which the inner end of the inflatable airfoil may be associated with the section. The section may be configured to be associated with a fuselage. The number of openings may be configured to provide communications with an interior of the inflatable airfoil. The section with the number of openings may be configured to reduce reflection of the electromagnetic waves encountering the section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20180257760
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an airfoil system. A gas may be generated. The gas may be sent into an inflatable airfoil system comprising an inflatable air foil and a section. The inflatable airfoil may have an inner end and an outer end in which the inflatable airfoil may be comprised of a number of materials that substantially pass electromagnetic waves through the inflatable airfoil. The section may have a number of openings in which the inner end of the inflatable airfoil may be associated with the section. The section may be configured to be associated with a fuselage. The number of openings may be configured to provide communications with an interior of the inflatable airfoil. The section with the number of openings may be configured to reduce reflection of the electromagnetic waves encountering the section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 9988138
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an airfoil system. A gas may be generated. The gas may be sent into an inflatable airfoil system comprising an inflatable air foil and a section. The inflatable airfoil may have an inner end and an outer end in which the inflatable airfoil may be comprised of a number of materials that substantially pass electromagnetic waves through the inflatable airfoil. The section may have a number of openings in which the inner end of the inflatable airfoil may be associated with the section. The section may be configured to be associated with a fuselage. The number of openings may be configured to provide communications with an interior of the inflatable airfoil. The section with the number of openings may be configured to reduce reflection of the electromagnetic waves encountering the section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8931739
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for deploying an aircraft. An inflation system is activated to generate a gas. A fuselage of the aircraft is inflated with the gas. The fuselage comprises a frame for the aircraft and a number of flexible layers associated with the frame in which the number of flexible layers are configured to define a volume for at least a portion of the aircraft when the number of flexible layers are in an inflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20140255189
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an airfoil system. A gas may be generated. The gas may be sent into an inflatable airfoil system comprising an inflatable air foil and a section. The inflatable airfoil may have an inner end and an outer end in which the inflatable airfoil may be comprised of a number of materials that substantially pass electromagnetic waves through the inflatable airfoil. The section may have a number of openings in which the inner end of the inflatable airfoil may be associated with the section. The section may be configured to be associated with a fuselage. The number of openings may be configured to provide communications with an interior of the inflatable airfoil. The section with the number of openings may be configured to reduce reflection of the electromagnetic waves encountering the section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8727280
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an airfoil system. A gas may be generated. The gas may be sent into an inflatable airfoil system comprising an inflatable air foil and a section. The inflatable airfoil may have an inner end and an outer end in which the inflatable airfoil may be comprised of a number of materials that substantially pass electromagnetic waves through the inflatable airfoil. The section may have a number of openings in which the inner end of the inflatable airfoil may be associated with the section. The section may be configured to be associated with a fuselage. The number of openings may be configured to provide communications with an interior of the inflatable airfoil. The section with the number of openings may be configured to reduce reflection of the electromagnetic waves encountering the section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8511606
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a platform, a battery system, a power generation system, a number of charging stations, and a controller. The platform is configured to house a number of unmanned aerial vehicles. The power generation system is connected to the battery system. The power generation system is configured to generate electrical energy from an environment in which the platform is located, and store the electrical energy in the battery system. The number of charging stations is connected to the battery system. The controller is connected to the battery system and is configured to receive sensor data from the number of unmanned aerial vehicles, generate information from the sensor data, and send the information to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8459591
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8393576
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise an inflatable control surface for an aircraft and an end of the inflatable control surface configured for attachment to a fuselage of the aircraft. The end of the inflatable control surface may be configured to be rotated about an axis to control movement of the aircraft during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8342451
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise an inflatable control surface for an aircraft and an end of the inflatable control surface configured for attachment to a fuselage of the aircraft. The end of the inflatable control surface may be configured to be rotated about an axis to control movement of the aircraft during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20120211598
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise an inflatable control surface for an aircraft and an end of the inflatable control surface configured for attachment to a fuselage of the aircraft. The end of the inflatable control surface may be configured to be rotated about an axis to control movement of the aircraft during flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron Jonathan Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20120211588
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Patent number: 8191828
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Reed Lutke, Aaron J. Kutzmann
  • Publication number: 20090283626
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which may allow a first vehicle to recover a second air vehicle while both are moving. The first vehicle and the second air vehicle may be traveling at different velocities. An attachment member of the second air vehicle may attach to a recovery member of the first vehicle while the first vehicle and the second air vehicle are traveling at different velocities. The recovery member attached to the second air vehicle may move relative to and along an exterior surface of the first vehicle in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of travel of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: KEVIN REED LUTKE, AARON J. KUTZMANN