Patents by Inventor Nicholas R. WILKINSON

Nicholas R. WILKINSON 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: 11041724
    Abstract: A navigation system comprising: an inertial navigation system arranged to output a first position estimate; a terrain based navigation unit arranged to output a second position estimate; a gravity based navigation unit arranged to output a third position estimate; a stored gravity map arranged to receive a position and to output gravity information for that position; and an iterative algorithm unit arranged to determine an INS error state in each iteration; wherein in each iteration the iterative algorithm unit is arranged to: receive the first position estimate, the second position estimate, and the third position estimate; determine a gravity corrected position estimate based on the first position estimate, the INS error state and the gravity information; and update the INS error state for the next iteration based on the INS error state, the gravity corrected position estimate, the second position estimate and the third position estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Alan Malvern, Nicholas R. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 11015957
    Abstract: A navigation system comprising: an inertial navigation system arranged to output a first position estimate; a terrain based navigation unit arranged to output a second position estimate; a stored gravity map arranged to receive a position and to output gravity information for that position; and an iterative algorithm unit arranged to determine an INS error state in each iteration; wherein in each iteration the iterative algorithm unit is arranged to: receive the first position estimate and the second position estimate; determine a gravity corrected position estimate based on the first position estimate, the INS error state and the gravity information; and update the INS error state for the next iteration based on the INS error state, the gravity corrected position estimate and the second position estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS, LIMITED
    Inventor: Nicholas R. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20180128645
    Abstract: A navigation system comprising: an inertial navigation system arranged to output a first position estimate; a terrain based navigation unit arranged to output a second position estimate; a stored gravity map arranged to receive a position and to output gravity information for that position; and an iterative algorithm unit arranged to determine an INS error state in each iteration; wherein in each iteration the iterative algorithm unit is arranged to: receive the first position estimate and the second position estimate; determine a gravity corrected position estimate based on the first position estimate, the INS error state and the gravity information; and update the INS error state for the next iteration based on the INS error state, the gravity corrected position estimate and the second position estimate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas R. WILKINSON
  • Publication number: 20180128616
    Abstract: A navigation system comprising: an inertial navigation system arranged to output a first position estimate; a terrain based navigation unit arranged to output a second position estimate; a gravity based navigation unit arranged to output a third position estimate; a stored gravity map arranged to receive a position and to output gravity information for that position; and an iterative algorithm unit arranged to determine an INS error state in each iteration; wherein in each iteration the iterative algorithm unit is arranged to: receive the first position estimate, the second position estimate, and the third position estimate; determine a gravity corrected position estimate based on the first position estimate, the INS error state and the gravity information; and update the INS error state for the next iteration based on the INS error state, the gravity corrected position estimate, the second position estimate and the third position estimate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Alan MALVERN, Nicholas R. WILKINSON