Patents by Inventor Nicholas Dallmann

Nicholas Dallmann 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: 10766640
    Abstract: A payload interposer (PIP) system and its control software provide an interface between a space vehicle and a payload. The PIP board facilitates power and communications between a command and data handler (CDH) of the space vehicle and the payload. A microcontroller of the PIP board may control operation of the payload, format messages between the space vehicle and the payload, and extract data from the payload for downlink via the space vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Proicou, Adam Warniment, Paul Stein, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, Logan Ott
  • Publication number: 20200252215
    Abstract: Message authenticators for quantum-secured communications facilitate low-latency authentication with assurances of security. Low-latency message authenticators are especially valuable in infrastructure systems where security and latency constraints are difficult to satisfy with conventional non-quantum cryptography. For example, a message transmitter receives a message and derives an authentication tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message transmitter outputs the message and its authentication tag. A message receiver receives a message and authentication tag for the message. The message receiver derives a comparison tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message receiver checks whether the message is authentic based on a comparison of the authentication tag and the comparison tag. In example implementations, the authenticator uses stream-wise cyclic redundancy code operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Hughes, Jane E. Nordholt, Charles G. Peterson, Kush T. Tyagi, Christopher C. Wipf, Raymond T. Newell, Kevin P. McCabe, Nicholas Dallmann
  • Patent number: 10574461
    Abstract: Message authenticators for quantum-secured communications facilitate low-latency authentication with assurances of security. Low-latency message authenticators are especially valuable in infrastructure systems where security and latency constraints are difficult to satisfy with conventional non-quantum cryptography. For example, a message transmitter receives a message and derives an authentication tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message transmitter outputs the message and its authentication tag. A message receiver receives a message and authentication tag for the message. The message receiver derives a comparison tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message receiver checks whether the message is authentic based on a comparison of the authentication tag and the comparison tag. In example implementations, the authenticator uses stream-wise cyclic redundancy code operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Richard John Hughes, Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Charles Glen Peterson, Kush T. Tyagi, Christopher C. Wipf, Raymond Thorson Newell, Kevin P. McCabe, Nicholas Dallmann
  • Patent number: 10445110
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 10351266
    Abstract: An ADCS module may be configured to use coordinate data from 2D photodiodes in one or more sun sensors to determine a sun vector. The ADCS module may then use the sun vector in reference to its own body faced (BF) coordinate system to calculate a change in the orientation of the space vehicle. The change in orientation mechanism may be accomplished by reaction wheels, ion thrusters, or other orientation altering mechanisms. A miniature, intelligent star tracker may be included that improves satellite attitude determination and pointing accuracy. An improved reaction wheel assembly may be included that is more robust and suitable for inclusion in small space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Martinez, Gayle Kestell, Adam Warniment, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 10059468
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Patent number: 9981758
    Abstract: An adaptable, modular, multi-purpose (AMM) space vehicle backplane may accommodate boards and components for various missions. The AMM backplane may provide a common hardware interface and common board-to-board communications. Components, connectors, test points, and sensors may be embedded directly into the backplane to provide additional functionality, diagnostics, and system access. Other space vehicle sections may plug directly into the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Adam Warniment
  • Patent number: 9878805
    Abstract: A “black box” space vehicle solution may allow a payload developer to define the mission space and provide mission hardware within a predetermined volume and with predetermined connectivity. Components such as the power module, radios and boards, attitude determination and control system (ADCS), command and data handling (C&DH), etc. may all be provided as part of a “stock” (i.e., core) space vehicle. The payload provided by the payload developer may be plugged into the space vehicle payload section, tested, and launched without custom development of core space vehicle components by the payload developer. A docking station may facilitate convenient development and testing of the space vehicle while reducing handling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Daniel Seitz
  • Patent number: 9853353
    Abstract: A space vehicle electromechanical system may employ an architecture that enables convenient and practical testing, reset, and retesting of solar panel and antenna deployment on the ground. A helical antenna winding fixture may facilitate winding and binding of the helical antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, David Guenther, Donald Enemark, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 9768857
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Patent number: 9760382
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 9708080
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Patent number: 9680641
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for quantum key distribution (“QKD”) between a quantum communication (“QC”) card, base station and trusted authority are described herein. In example implementations, a QC card contains a miniaturized QC transmitter and couples with a base station. The base station provides a network connection with the trusted authority and can also provide electric power to the QC card. When coupled to the base station, after authentication by the trusted authority, the QC card acquires keys through QKD with a trust authority. The keys can be used to set up secure communication, for authentication, for access control, or for other purposes. The QC card can be implemented as part of a smart phone or other mobile computing device, or the QC card can be used as a fillgun for distribution of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jane E. Nordholt, Richard John Hughes, Raymond Thorson Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Danna Rosenberg, Kevin Peter McCabe, Kush T. Tyagi, Nicholas Dallmann
  • Patent number: 9478855
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Publication number: 20160248586
    Abstract: Message authenticators for quantum-secured communications facilitate low-latency authentication with assurances of security. Low-latency message authenticators are especially valuable in infrastructure systems where security and latency constraints are difficult to satisfy with conventional non-quantum cryptography. For example, a message transmitter receives a message and derives an authentication tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message transmitter outputs the message and its authentication tag. A message receiver receives a message and authentication tag for the message. The message receiver derives a comparison tag for the message based at least in part on an authenticator that uses one or more quantum keys. The message receiver checks whether the message is authentic based on a comparison of the authentication tag and the comparison tag. In example implementations, the authenticator uses stream-wise cyclic redundancy code operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Richard John HUGHES, Jane Elizabeth NORDHOLT, Charles Glen PETERSON, Kush T. TYAGI, Christopher C. WIPF, Raymond Thorson NEWELL, Kevin P. MCCABE, Nicholas DALLMANN
  • Publication number: 20160065365
    Abstract: Techniques and tools for quantum key distribution (“QKD”) between a quantum communication (“QC”) card, base station and trusted authority are described herein. In example implementations, a QC card contains a miniaturized QC transmitter and couples with a base station. The base station provides a network connection with the trusted authority and can also provide electric power to the QC card. When coupled to the base station, after authentication by the trusted authority, the QC card acquires keys through QKD with a trust authority. The keys can be used to set up secure communication, for authentication, for access control, or for other purposes. The QC card can be implemented as part of a smart phone or other mobile computing device, or the QC card can be used as a fillgun for distribution of the keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Applicant: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jane E. NORDHOLT, Richard John HUGHES, Raymond Thorson NEWELL, Charles Glen PETERSON, Danna ROSENBERG, Kevin Peter MCCABE, Kush T. TYAGI, Nicholas DALLMANN
  • Publication number: 20150367965
    Abstract: A “black box” space vehicle solution may allow a payload developer to define the mission space and provide mission hardware within a predetermined volume and with predetermined connectivity. Components such as the power module, radios and boards, attitude determination and control system (ADCS), command and data handling (C&DH), etc. may all be provided as part of a “stock” (i.e., core) space vehicle. The payload provided by the payload developer may be plugged into the space vehicle payload section, tested, and launched without custom development of core space vehicle components by the payload developer. A docking station may facilitate convenient development and testing of the space vehicle while reducing handling thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Daniel Seitz
  • Publication number: 20150367964
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Publication number: 20150372380
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Publication number: 20150370579
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms