Patents by Inventor Mark Mellini

Mark Mellini 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: 10030952
    Abstract: A deployable shroud provides an aerodynamically smooth surface to minimize the drag otherwise experienced by blunt nose projectiles. The shroud comprises multiple petals mounted at the nose of the projectile that are released at a set time during flight. The deployment mechanism assembly of the shroud provides deployment of the petals without the generation of shock waves into the projectile and comprises a fusible link powered by a thermal source. The shroud assembly is self-powered and does not require energy input from the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Pavol Stofko, Mark Mellini, Christopher Stout
  • Patent number: 9115968
    Abstract: A new fuze that reduces projectile miss-distance to a target, by correcting for discrepancies in anticipated round velocities through its flight. As a result, the fuze-equipped projectile is nominally aimed at a target and maintains improved accuracy relative to a conventional round. The fuze adjusts for the discrepancies in velocity by using an internal electric motor to mechanically actuate a drag-altering surface on the fuze body. In order to adjust for errors in the anticipated velocity, the fuze compares its preprogrammed velocity to its actual velocity at a given point in time during flight. An anticipated velocity table versus time in flight is constantly referenced so that appropriate adjustments in velocity can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Benjamin Abruzzo, Thomas Recchia, Michael Pica, Mark Mellini, Eric Marshall, Jason DeVenezia, Sean Schumer, John Thomas
  • Patent number: 9024238
    Abstract: A ground surface reconnaissance projectile includes a tube-launched 60 mm inert mortar round, which remotely relays reconnaissance and surveillance data back to an operator, after it has landed and uprighted itself. The types of collected data include for example, visual imagery of the target area in 360 degrees, acoustic target tracking and voice recognition, infra-red motion detection, and magnetic field disturbance sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Pavol Stofko, Pasquale Carlucci, Mark Mellini, Christopher Mougeotte
  • Patent number: 8848046
    Abstract: A round for launching from a gun may include a cartridge case and a projectile body adjacent the cartridge case. A pusher may be disposed in the cartridge case and may be operable to push the projectile body upon firing the round. An imaging sensor may be disposed at least partially in the projectile body. The imaging sensor may include a sensor base and a sensor lens. A first kinetic energy absorber may be disposed around the sensor base. A second kinetic energy absorber may be disposed around the sensor lens. After the round is fired and the pusher exits the gun, the pusher may separate from the projectile body and the second kinetic energy absorber may separate from the imaging sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Pavol Stofko, Pasquale Carlucci, Mark Mellini
  • Patent number: 8331195
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, program and system utilizing a number of field-deployed sensors to accurately detect and classify objects/events (targets) of interest within a sensor field including the detection/classification of human beings travelling on-foot or with vehicles and their direction(s) of travel. In particular, the method, computer program and system are operable to determine whether a detected target is an animal, human or vehicle via analysis of received acoustic and sensor data. The analyses performed include comparison/correlation of the sensor data to known seismic cyclostationary signatures, acoustic and seismic characteristics of human footsteps and travel tendencies, and acoustic and seismic characteristics of non-human (animal) footsteps and travel tendencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Sean Schumer, Mark Mellini
  • Patent number: 7752952
    Abstract: A dynamic barrier system including a number of sensors that monitor a barrier area to determine specific types of objects approaching, within, or exiting the barrier area. Depending upon the type of object(s), the dynamic barrier system initiates an appropriate action, both lethal and non-lethal. The barrier system may advantageously deactivate after its intended period of operation eliminating difficult and/or dangerous removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Myron Hohil, Victor N. Kokodis, Mark Mellini, Brian Peltzer, Anthony Sebasto