Patents by Inventor Richard Pire

Richard Pire 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: 9984581
    Abstract: A piloting assistance method for avoiding an obstacle with a rotorcraft flying along a current speed vector (Vect0). An alert is generated by using a speed vector of the rotorcraft referred to as a “calculation” speed vector (Vect1) in order to determine whether the rotorcraft might impact an obstacle. During a correction stage and at each calculation iteration, the calculation speed vector (Vect1) is determined using a horizontal component and a vertical component, the vertical component being a function of a current vertical speed of the rotorcraft relative to the ground corrected with a corrective term, the corrective term being a function of a product of a current path speed of the rotorcraft multiplied by the derivative of the path speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Richard Pire, Marianne Gillet, Nicolas Certain
  • Patent number: 9898933
    Abstract: A method of assisting low altitude piloting of an aircraft and comprising determining at least one main guard curve, determining all of the obstacles present in at least one search zone, and performing a comparison between a top of each obstacle of a search zone and the main guard curve. In order to perform the comparison, if at least one “potentially dangerous” obstacle is situated above the main guard curve in a search zone, then, for each potentially dangerous obstacle, a sight angle (?) is determined for the top of the potentially dangerous obstacle, and it is considered that the most dangerous obstacle is the potentially dangerous obstacle presenting the greatest sight angle (?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Richard Pire
  • Publication number: 20160351060
    Abstract: A piloting assistance method for avoiding an obstacle with a rotorcraft flying along a current speed vector (Vect0). An alert is generated by using a speed vector of the rotorcraft referred to as a “calculation” speed vector (Vect1) in order to determine whether the rotorcraft might impact an obstacle. During a correction stage and at each calculation iteration, the calculation speed vector (Vect1) is determined using a horizontal component and a vertical component, the vertical component being a function of a current vertical speed of the rotorcraft relative to the ground corrected with a corrective term, the corrective term being a function of a product of a current path speed of the rotorcraft multiplied by the derivative of the path speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Richard PIRE, Marianne GILLET, Nicolas CERTAIN
  • Publication number: 20160240089
    Abstract: A method of assisting low altitude piloting of an aircraft and comprising determining at least one main guard curve, determining all of the obstacles present in at least one search zone, and performing a comparison between a top of each obstacle of a search zone and the main guard curve. In order to perform the comparison, if at least one “potentially dangerous” obstacle is situated above the main guard curve in a search zone, then, for each potentially dangerous obstacle, a sight angle (?) is determined for the top of the potentially dangerous obstacle, and it is considered that the most dangerous obstacle is the potentially dangerous obstacle presenting the greatest sight angle (?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventor: Richard PIRE
  • Patent number: 9401093
    Abstract: A procedure for the detection and display of the ground and of obstacles through the use of detection means installed onboard a vehicle, which detection means send measurement signals toward the ground and receive a plurality of elementary plots (Pe). The procedure makes it possible to create a grid of the ground along a horizontal plane, with each ground cell (Ms(i,j)) consisting of an elementary plot (Pe) having a minimum altitude Zmin(i,j)), and with each other elementary plot (Pe) corresponding to the ground cell (Ms(i,j)) and having a different altitude (Zn(i,j)), thereby forming an obstacle plot (Pon(i,j)). Each newly received elementary plot (Pe) is then compared against the corresponding ground cell (Ms(i,j)) and processed according to its altitude (Zn(i,j)). The ground cells (Ms(i,j)) and/or the obstacle plots (Pon(i,j)) are displayed on display means in order to indicate to the pilot of the vehicle the potential obstacles other than the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Marianne Gillet, Francois-Xavier Filias, Richard Pire
  • Publication number: 20160024138
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for deblocking substantially a blocked, detectably labeled oligonucleotide by contacting the blocked detectably labeled oligonucleotide with an effective amount of a nucleophilic amino compound under conditions that result in substantial deblocking of the oligonucleotide, thereby giving the substantially deblocked oligonucleotide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Gulilat GEBEYEHU, Richard Pires
  • Patent number: 9162757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a maintenance method for a piece of equipment (2) of a vehicle (1) including an anti-vibration system (3). In the method, a device (10) determines a first number (D1) of hours of operation of said equipment (2) while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a normal mode of operation and a second number (D2) of hours of operation while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a degraded mode of operation. Said second number (D2) is then converted into a third number (D3) by applying a predetermined conversion relationship. Under such circumstances, action is taken on said equipment (2) when the sum of the first number (D1) plus the third number (D3) reaches a predetermined threshold (D0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Richard Pire
  • Publication number: 20150279219
    Abstract: A procedure for the detection and display of the ground and of obstacles through the use of detection means installed onboard a vehicle, which detection means send measurement signals toward the ground and receive a plurality of elementary plots (Pe). The procedure makes it possible to create a grid of the ground along a horizontal plane, with each ground cell (Ms(i,j)) consisting of an elementary plot (Pe) having a minimum altitude Zmin(i,j)), and with each other elementary plot (Pe) corresponding to the ground cell (Ms(i,j)) and having a different altitude (Zn(i,j)), thereby forming an obstacle plot (Pon(i,j)). Each newly received elementary plot (Pe) is then compared against the corresponding ground cell (Ms(i,j)) and processed according to its altitude (Zn(i,j)). The ground cells (Ms(i,j)) and/or the obstacle plots (Pon(i,j)) are displayed on display means in order to indicate to the pilot of the vehicle the potential obstacles other than the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Marianne GILLET, Francois-Xavier FILIAS, Richard PIRE
  • Patent number: 9085797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for deblocking substantially a blocked, detectably labeled oligonucleotide by contacting the blocked detectably labeled oligonucleotide with an effective amount of a nucleophilic amino compound under conditions that result in substantial deblocking of the oligonucleotide, thereby giving the substantially deblocked oligonucleotide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gulilat Gebeyehu, Richard Pires
  • Publication number: 20140066612
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for deblocking substantially a blocked, detectably labeled oligonucleotide by contacting the blocked detectably labeled oligonucleotide with an effective amount of a nucleophilic amino compound under conditions that result in substantial deblocking of the oligonucleotide, thereby giving the substantially deblocked oligonucleotide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gulilat GEBEYEHU, Richard Pires
  • Patent number: 8577608
    Abstract: A method essentially comprising a step of storing each plot mesh. Each plot mesh receiving plots sent thereto by detector means and retaining in memory at least the altitude of the highest plot and the number of plots neighboring said highest plot in said mesh. The altitude and the number of plots neighboring are updated each time a new plot is sent to the plot mesh. A step of rejecting plot meshes is presenting a number of neighboring plots that is less than a predetermined rejection threshold value. The rejection threshold value is a function of the position of the mesh relative to the detector means. A step is preparing the local terrain elevation database from the plot meshes (M(i,j)) that are not rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Marianne Gillet, Francois-Xavier Filias, Richard Pire
  • Patent number: 8524882
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for deblocking substantially a blocked, detectably labeled oligonucleotide by contacting the blocked detectably labeled oligonucleotide with an effective amount of a nucleophilic amino compound under conditions that result in substantial deblocking of the oligonucleotide, thereby giving the substantially deblocked oligonucleotide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gulilat Gebeyehu, Richard Pires
  • Patent number: 8527237
    Abstract: A method of detecting at least one suspended threadlike object by telemetry, the object lying in the detection field of a telemeter on board a vehicle. The method wherein in step iii), for each vertical plane taken into consideration, and for each set of at least four candidate points close to the vertical plane in question, using the least squares method to calculate the values of three parameters a, b, and c of a catenary having an equation of the form: y=a cos h[(x?b)/a]+c the catenary containing the projections on the vertical plane of the points in the set under consideration; and determining that at least one suspended threadlike object is present as a function of the value of the correlation coefficient associated with said least squares method for all of the sets of at least four candidate points close to the vertical plane under consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Richard Pire, Marianne Gillet
  • Patent number: 8394609
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel primers and methods for the detection of specific nucleic acid sequences. The primers and methods of the invention are useful in a wide variety of molecular biology applications and are particularly useful in allele specific PCR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Irina Nazarenko, Ayoub Rashtchian, Joseph Solus, Richard Pires, Marlene Darfler, Gulilat Gebeyehu, Mekbib Astatke
  • Patent number: 8392475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of flying safely and at low altitude in an aircraft, in which method unsafe relief (R0) of terrain is determined as is the position of at least one high point (4, 5) representing an obstacle (4?, 5?) overlying said unsafe relief (R0). A main volume (V0) is added to said unsafe relief (R0), the main volume being defined between a main volume base (2) placed on the unsafe relief (R0) and an envelope (1), thereby obtaining safe relief (R1) for overflying that contains at least said unsafe relief (R0) and said main volume (V0), said main volume base (2) having an area (2?) defined by a closed peripheral curve (3) resting on said unsafe relief (R0), said envelope (1) being generated using a moving segment (S) of predetermined length (L) extending from said high point (4, 5) to a second point (3?) moving along said peripheral curve (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Richard Pire, Francois-Xavier Filias
  • Publication number: 20120316832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a maintenance method for a piece of equipment (2) of a vehicle (1) including an anti-vibration system (3). In the method, a device (10) determines a first number (D1) of hours of operation of said equipment (2) while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a normal mode of operation and a second number (D2) of hours of operation while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a degraded mode of operation. Said second number (D2) is then converted into a third number (D3) by applying a predetermined conversion relationship. Under such circumstances, action is taken on said equipment (2) when the sum of the first number (D1) plus the third number (D3) reaches a predetermined threshold (D0).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: Richard Piré
  • Publication number: 20110225212
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of flying safely and at low altitude in an aircraft, in which method unsafe relief (R0) of terrain is determined as is the position of at least one high point (4, 5) representing an obstacle (4?, 5?) overlying said unsafe relief (R0). A main volume (V0) is added to said unsafe relief (R0), the main volume being defined between a main volume base (2) placed on the unsafe relief (R0) and an envelope (1), thereby obtaining safe relief (R1) for overflying that contains at least said unsafe relief (R0) and said main volume (V0), said main volume base (2) having an area (2?) defined by a closed peripheral curve (3) resting on said unsafe relief (R0), said envelope (1) being generated using a moving segment (S) of predetermined length (L) extending from said high point (4, 5) to a second point (3?) moving along said peripheral curve (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventors: Richard Pire, Francois-Xavier Filias
  • Publication number: 20110144942
    Abstract: A method of detecting at least one suspended threadlike object by telemetry, the object lying in the detection field of a telemeter on board a vehicle. The method wherein in step iii), for each vertical plane taken into consideration, and for each set of at least four candidate points close to the vertical plane in question, using the least squares method to calculate the values of three parameters a, b, and c of a catenary having an equation of the form: y=a cos h[(x?b)/a]+c the catenary containing the projections on the vertical plane of the points in the set under consideration; and determining that at least one suspended threadlike object is present as a function of the value of the correlation coefficient associated with said least squares method for all of the sets of at least four candidate points close to the vertical plane under consideration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventors: Richard Pire, Marianne Gillet
  • Publication number: 20110130895
    Abstract: A method essentially comprising a step of storing each plot mesh. Each plot mesh receiving plots sent thereto by detector means and retaining in memory at least the altitude of the highest plot and the number of plots neighboring said highest plot in said mesh. The altitude and the number of plots neighboring are updated each time a new plot is sent to the plot mesh. A step of rejecting plot meshes is presenting a number of neighboring plots that is less than a predetermined rejection threshold value. The rejection threshold value is a function of the position of the mesh relative to the detector means. A step is preparing the local terrain elevation database from the plot meshes (M(i,j)) that are not rejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventors: Marianne Gillet, Francois-Xavier Filias, Richard Pire
  • Patent number: 7791529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining an estimated speed of an aircraft relative to ground being overflown by the aircraft, in which use is made of the sum of an acceleration measurement of the aircraft plus a difference value, the difference value being obtained from observation data or signals relating to a region of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: François Xavier Filias, Jean-Paul Petillon, Richard Pire