Patents by Inventor Robert T. Bigelow

Robert T. Bigelow 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).

  • Publication number: 20180105293
    Abstract: A Carbon Dioxide Removal System is disclosed. The system can be directed to space applications. The system incorporates unique features that allow ease of maintenance and parts replacement while in space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Robert T. Bigelow, Colm Kelleher, Lorenzo Flores, Juan Plata, Jared Rugg, Derek Johnson, David Birchler, Daniel Krizan, Philip Fowler
  • Publication number: 20170320765
    Abstract: A water reuse system is disclosed. The system can be directed to space or terrestrial applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Robert T. Bigelow, Sherwin Gromly, Colm Kelleher, Robert Hale, Keith Cooker
  • Patent number: 9567116
    Abstract: A docking node transporter tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with various spacecraft to allow access by people between the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9463883
    Abstract: A spacecraft capture tug is disclosed. The tug can capture objects in space, including spacecraft and satellites, using an engagement system and provide propulsion for the object to a point of servicing, repair, or other desired operations. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace, LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20160288927
    Abstract: A shield comprised of carbon nanotube materials is used to provide a level of protection to a spacecraft. Shield segments are produced in a facility in space. The segments are transported from the facility to a vicinity of a spacecraft hull. The segments are assembled over the hull to substantially cover an area of the hull.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Applicant: Bigelow Development Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9327848
    Abstract: A shield comprised of carbon nanotube materials is used to provide a level of protection to a spacecraft. Shield segments are produced in a facility in space. The segments are transported from the facility to a vicinity of a spacecraft hull. The segments are assembled over the hull to substantially cover an area of the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9302791
    Abstract: A transport landing vehicle for transferring an astronaut to and from an extraterrestrial mass such as a moon, asteroid, or small planet is disclosed. The transport landing vehicle has a cage that is substantially open to the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9284069
    Abstract: A solar generator tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with spacecraft to provide power for the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9284073
    Abstract: A standard transit tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with spacecraft to provide propulsion for the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 9033280
    Abstract: A spacecraft carrier is disclosed. The carrier has a large internal volume for housing at least one spacecraft. The carrier can be used as a repair and maintenance facility in space for spacecraft. Manned and unmanned devices can be stored, repaired and resupplied. The carrier can also transport a number of spacecraft to other locations allowing for an efficient coordinated movement of many spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150090842
    Abstract: An airlock that provides a substantially 360 view using enlarged viewports is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150090841
    Abstract: A transport landing vehicle for transferring an astronaut to and from an extraterrestrial mass such as a moon, asteroid, or small planet is disclosed. The transport landing vehicle has a cage that is substantially open to the outside environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150053823
    Abstract: A spacecraft capture tug is disclosed. The tug can capture objects in space, including spacecraft and satellites, using an engagement system and provide propulsion for the object to a point of servicing, repair, or other desired operations. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150008289
    Abstract: A solar generator tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with spacecraft to provide power for the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150008290
    Abstract: A docking node transporter tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with various spacecraft to allow access by people between the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20150008288
    Abstract: A standard transit tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with spacecraft to provide propulsion for the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Bigelow Aerospace LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20140319282
    Abstract: An inflatable module space station is disclosed. The module has an avionics architecture designed for the module serving as a space station. The module also has at least one hundred and eighty cubic meters of internal habitable volume and at least one window. The module is capable of supporting at least two humans in a zero gravity environment for at least one month. There is also a propulsion bus designed for a space station and attached to the module. Furthermore, there is a docking mechanism designed for a space station and attached to the module. The module is capable of orbiting a mass like a planet or moon. The space station can be one or multiple expandable modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Publication number: 20130327894
    Abstract: A spacecraft carbon nanotube shield is disclosed. Shield segments are produced in a facility in space. The segments are transported from the facility to a vicinity of a spacecraft hull. The segments are assembled over the hull to substantially cover an area of the hull.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 8578663
    Abstract: A cover for an inflatable modular structure is claimed. A plurality of covers fit on the core of an inflatable module. An inflatable shell is attached to the core enclosing the covers and the core. In the pre-deployed configuration, the inflatable shell is folded over the covers and the covers provide a measure of protection for the shell. In the deployed state, the inflatable shell is filled with air and expands to its deployed configuration. The covers can be removed from core and attached to the inside of the shell. The covers then function as a platform to secure items in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 8550406
    Abstract: A spacecraft magnetic shield apparatus is disclosed. One embodiment has an armature attached at one end of a spacecraft and an electromagnet attached to the other end. A computer determines the position of the armature and electromagnet in relation to the spacecraft, and a power source powers the electromagnet. In operation, the positioning of the electromagnet is generally in line with incoming charged particles or ion radiation and powering of the electromagnet creates a magnetic field that deflects a percentage of the incoming charged particles or ion radiation from directly impacting the spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bigelow Aerospace
    Inventor: Robert T. Bigelow