Patents by Inventor Sergio Torres

Sergio Torres 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: 10359278
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to a method for measuring thickness in any type of carbon fiber component, even in components having parts with different thickness and integrating at least a second material. The method includes measuring with the maximum and minimum real thickness of the component, and measuring with ultrasonic equipment the time that the ultrasound takes to propagate across the component part with maximum and with minimum thickness, calculating a thickness correction value, and calculating an ultrasound test speed from said thickness correction value, said measured times, and said measured maximum and minimum real thickness. Then, the total thickness of each of the parts of the component are measured, using ultrasounds with the same calculated ultrasound test speed, and the thickness correction value is applied to each of the measuring total thickness of each part, to determine a corrected carbon fiber thickness for each part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventors: Luis Jara Blazquez, David Torres Macarrilla, Sergio Bermejo Gonzalez, David Lopez Bravo
  • Patent number: 9177480
    Abstract: A system and method to improve efficiency in aircraft maneuvers meant to accommodate time-related constraints in air traffic. Information related to flight performance and atmospheric conditions is gathered onboard an aircraft, then transmitted to an air traffic control center. In the event of a delay or any other event which necessitates an alteration in an aircraft trajectory, the data is sent to a decision support tool to compute and provide alternative trajectories, preferably including operator-preferred trajectories, within air traffic constraints. Air traffic controllers can then offer an alternative trajectory to an aircraft that is more efficient, cost effective, and/or preferable to the aircraft operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: Lockheed Martin Corporation, General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, David So Keung Chan, Glen William Brooksby, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Sergio Torres
  • Patent number: 8942914
    Abstract: Methods and system are provided for scheduling and negotiating air traffic within an airspace surrounding an airport and scheduled to land at the airport. An air traffic control (ATC) system is used to monitor the altitudes, speeds and lateral routes of aircraft. The ATC system generates a scheduled time-of-arrival (STA) at one or more meter fix points associated with the airport, the STA is stored, and data is received or inferred with the ATC system for at least a first of the aircraft, including a minimum fuel-cost speed and predicted trajectory parameters of the first aircraft based on current values of its existing trajectory parameters. Auxiliary data, including earliest and latest estimated time-of-arrival (ETAmin) and (ETAmax) at the meter fix point, STA being within/ outside ETAmin, ETAmax are generated, instructions are transmitted to the first aircraft, and the STA is updated for each aircraft stored in a queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Feng Xue, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Joachim Karl Hochwarth, Sergio Torres, Weiwei Chen
  • Patent number: 8924137
    Abstract: According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided an apparatus and method to synchronize trajectories from independent systems such as from a flight management system and the ground Air traffic control during the entire history of a flight. Since a number of trajectory discrepancy factors will intervene during the lifetime of a flight, such as a change in flight intent, controller intervention, or large deviations of the actual flight from the predicted trajectory due to prediction errors, there is need to dynamically monitor these deviations and control a dynamic synchronization cycle. A dynamic trajectory synchronization algorithm attempts to bring each of the systems back into balance whenever a disturbance causes an imbalance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David So Keung Chan, Joel Klooster, Sergio Torres
  • Patent number: 8798898
    Abstract: A method and system suitable for inferring trajectory predictor parameters of aircraft for the purpose of predicting aircraft trajectories. The method and system involve receiving trajectory prediction information regarding an aircraft, and then using this information to infer (extract) trajectory predictor parameters of the aircraft that are otherwise unknown to a ground automation system. The trajectory predictor parameters can then be applied to one or more trajectory predictors of the ground automation system to predict a trajectory of the aircraft. In certain embodiments, the method and system can utilize available air-ground communication link capabilities, which may include data link capabilities available as part of trajectory-based operations (TBO).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mauricio Castillo-Effen, David So Keung Chan, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Jr., Joel Kenneth Klooster, Sergio Torres
  • Patent number: 8606491
    Abstract: Methods and systems suitable for negotiating air traffic trajectory modification requests received from multiple aircraft that each has trajectory parameters. The methods include transmitting from at least a first aircraft a first trajectory modification request to alter the altitude, speed and/or lateral route thereof. A first conflict assessment is then performed to determine if the first trajectory modification request poses a conflict with the altitudes, speeds and lateral routes of other aircraft. If a conflict is not identified, the first trajectory modification request is granted and the first aircraft is notified of the first trajectory modification request being granted. Alternatively, if a conflict is identified, the first trajectory modification request is not granted and the first aircraft is notified thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Feng Xue, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Joachim Karl Hochwarth, Sergio Torres, Weiwei Chen
  • Patent number: 8560148
    Abstract: According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided an apparatus and method to synchronize the distinct trajectories predicted by a flight management system and air navigation service provider. A comparison model is generated that indicates differences between an aircraft trajectory and a ground trajectory. The aircraft trajectory is updated to reflect identified discrepancies and restriction violations between the trajectories. Upon successful completion of the first designated change, a notification manager is used to issue a notification of the designated change to the flight plan trajectory. A modified ground trajectory is produced that incorporates the designated change to the flight plan trajectory. The comparison is repeated until the discrepancies of the trajectories are operationally insignificant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Torres, Joel Klooster
  • Patent number: 8463535
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for encoding and using user preferences in air traffic management operations are disclosed. The method may include determining a current trajectory based on the user preferences, computing a cost of deviations from the current trajectory, codifying the cost of deviations from the current trajectory using normalized cost coefficients for one or more segments of the current trajectory, and communicating the codified cost of deviations to an air traffic control (ATC) automation system, wherein the ATC automation system computes costs of maneuvers based on the codified cost of deviations and ranks the maneuvers according to cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Torres, Joel Klooster, Mauricio Castillo-effen
  • Publication number: 20130110387
    Abstract: A method and system suitable for inferring trajectory predictor parameters of aircraft for the purpose of predicting aircraft trajectories. The method and system involve receiving trajectory prediction information regarding an aircraft, and then using this information to infer (extract) trajectory predictor parameters of the aircraft that are otherwise unknown to a ground automation system. The trajectory predictor parameters can then be applied to one or more trajectory predictors of the ground automation system to predict a trajectory of the aircraft. In certain embodiments, the method and system can utilize available air-ground communication link capabilities, which may include data link capabilities available as part of trajectory-based operations (TBO).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicants: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mauricio Castillo-Effen, David So Keung Chan, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, JR., Joel Kenneth Klooster, Sergio Torres
  • Publication number: 20130085661
    Abstract: According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided an apparatus and method to synchronize trajectories from independent systems such as from a flight management system and the ground Air traffic control during the entire history of a flight. Since a number of trajectory discrepancy factors will intervene during the lifetime of a flight, such as a change in flight intent, controller intervention, or large deviations of the actual flight from the predicted trajectory due to prediction errors, there is need to dynamically monitor these deviations and control a dynamic synchronization cycle. A dynamic trajectory synchronization algorithm attempts to bring each of the systems back into balance whenever a disturbance causes an imbalance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: David S. K. Chan, Sergio TORRES, Joel KLOOSTER
  • Publication number: 20120301514
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bioactive composition obtained through the technique of electrospinning and composed of at least one polymer. Furthermore, the invention also discloses a process for the incorporation of such electrospun bioactive composition, as a coating over a plastic matrix to obtain composite materials for their use in both biodegradable and non-biodegradable biomedical implants and in tissue engineering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (CSIC)
    Inventors: José M. Lagarón Cabello, Sergio Torres Giner, José V. Gimeno Alcañiz, María J. Ocio Zapata
  • Publication number: 20120215433
    Abstract: Methods and systems suitable for negotiating air traffic trajectory modification requests received from multiple aircraft that each has trajectory parameters. The methods include transmitting from at least a first aircraft a first trajectory modification request to alter the altitude, speed and/or lateral route thereof. A first conflict assessment is then performed to determine if the first trajectory modification request poses a conflict with the altitudes, speeds and lateral routes of other aircraft. If a conflict is not identified, the first trajectory modification request is granted and the first aircraft is notified of the first trajectory modification request being granted. Alternatively, if a conflict is identified, the first trajectory modification request is not granted and the first aircraft is notified thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicants: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Feng Xue, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth, Sergio Torres, Weiwei Chen
  • Publication number: 20120215435
    Abstract: Methods and systems scheduling and negotiating air traffic within an airspace surrounding an airport and scheduled to land at the airport. An air traffic control (ATC) system is used to monitor the altitudes, speeds and lateral routes of aircraft as they enter the airspace. The ATC system generates a scheduled time-of-arrival (STA) for each aircraft at one or more meter fix points associated with the airport, the STA for each aircraft is stored, and data is received or inferred with the ATC system for at least a first of the aircraft, including a minimum fuel-cost speed and predicted trajectory parameters of the first aircraft based on current values of its existing trajectory parameters. Auxiliary data, including earliest and latest estimated time-of-arrival ETAmin and ETAmax at the meter fix point, are generated for the first aircraft using the predicted trajectory parameters. The ATC system determines whether the STA of the first aircraft is in or outside an ETA range bounded by its ETAmin and ETAmax.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicants: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Feng Xue, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Joachim Karl Hochwarth, Sergio Torres, Weiwei Chen
  • Publication number: 20120191331
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for encoding and using user preferences in air traffic management operations are disclosed. The method may include determining a current trajectory based on the user preferences, computing a cost of deviations from the current trajectory, codifying the cost of deviations from the current trajectory using normalized cost coefficients for one or more segments of the current trajectory, and communicating the codified cost of deviations to an air traffic control (ATC) automation system, wherein the ATC automation system computes costs of maneuvers based on the codified cost of deviations and ranks the maneuvers according to cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio TORRES, Joel Klooster, Mauricio Castillo-effen
  • Publication number: 20120116614
    Abstract: According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided an apparatus and method to synchronize the distinct trajectories predicted by a flight management system and air navigation service provider. A comparison model is generated that indicates differences between an aircraft trajectory and a ground trajectory. The aircraft trajectory is updated to reflect identified discrepancies and restriction violations between the trajectories. Upon successful completion of the first designated change, a notification manager is used to issue a notification of the designated change to the flight plan trajectory. A modified ground trajectory is produced that incorporates the designated change to the flight plan trajectory. The comparison is repeated until the discrepancies of the trajector insignificant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio TORRES, Joel Klooster
  • Patent number: 8054215
    Abstract: A precision radar registration (PR2) system and method that employs highly accurate geo-referenced positional data as a basis for correcting registration bias present in radar data. In one embodiment, the PR2 method includes sample collection and bias computation function processes. The sample collection process includes ADS-B sample collection, radar sample collection, and time alignment sub-processes. The bias computation function process includes bias computation, quality monitoring and non-linear effects monitoring sub-processes. The bias computation sub-process results in a bias correction solution including range bias b?, azimuth bias b?, and time bias bT parameters. The quality monitoring sub-process results in an estimate of solution quality. The non-linear effects monitoring sub-process results in detection of the presence of non-linear bias, if any, in the bias correction solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael R. Abbett, Sergio Torres
  • Publication number: 20090167591
    Abstract: A precision radar registration (PR2) system and method that employs highly accurate geo-referenced positional data as a basis for correcting registration bias present in radar data. In one embodiment, the PR2 method includes sample collection and bias computation function processes. The sample collection process includes ADS-B sample collection, radar sample collection, and time alignment sub-processes. The bias computation function process includes bias computation, quality monitoring and non-linear effects monitoring sub-processes. The bias computation sub-process results in a bias correction solution including range bias b?, azimuth bias b?, and time bias bT parameters. The quality monitoring sub-process results in an estimate of solution quality. The non-linear effects monitoring sub-process results in detection of the presence of non-linear bias, if any, in the bias correction solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael R. Abbett, Sergio Torres