Patents by Inventor Shawn Kerry McGann

Shawn Kerry McGann 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: 11117667
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) jettison apparatus. The UAV jettison apparatus may comprise a payload bay, fairing, ejector plate, and releasable latch. The payload bay may be mounted beneath an aircraft and may have an inner space and a top plate attached therewith. The fairing may substantially cover the inner space of the payload bay and may have an opening positioned directly below the top plate. The ejector plate, which may be spring-loaded, may substantially cover the opening and may be used to mount the UAV. The releasable latch, which may be disposed between the top plate and the ejector plate, may releasably lock and hold the UAV in a stowed position and, upon release, may allow the ejector plate to move into a launch position, such that the UAV is released and jettisoned from a larger aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Nicholas McGaha
  • Patent number: 10800547
    Abstract: A UAV recovery system. The UAV recovery system may comprise: a mast having a mast pulley with a swivel, a base, upper and lower booms extending somewhat horizontally from the mast, a cable and pulley arrangement, a shock absorber, and a mast cable coupled between the mast pulley and the shock absorber. The cable and pulley arrangement may comprise: upper boom pulleys coupled near an associated end of the upper boom, lower boom pulleys coupled near an associated end of the lower boom, and a cable forming a loop around the upper and lower boom pulleys. The cable and pulley arrangement may also comprise a net for capturing the UAV. The shock absorber may urge the mast to rotate into a neutral position, but permit the mast to rotate not more than a controlled-tensioned position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Nicholas McGaha
  • Patent number: 10370120
    Abstract: A launcher for an unmanned aircraft may comprise: a launch rail, a carriage, pair of pulley drivers, and a cable and pulley system. The pulley drivers may produce opposing pulley drive forces, which may be converted into a single launching force via the cable and pulley system for launching the carriage. The cable and pulley system may comprise: launch rail pulleys, pulley block pulleys, cam pulleys, drive cables, and one or more winches. Embodiments of the launcher may apply a constant force to the aircraft uniformly over the launch distance, such that the unmanned aircraft may be propelled within a relatively short distance by applying energy to the aircraft in the smallest period of time and without exceeding the aircraft's acceleration limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Nicholas McGaha, Alvin L. Quintana
  • Patent number: 10370121
    Abstract: A launcher for an unmanned aircraft may comprise: a launch rail, a carriage, pair of pulley drivers, and a cable and pulley system. The pulley drivers may produce opposing pulley drive forces, which may be converted into a single launching force via the cable and pulley system for launching the carriage. The cable and pulley system may comprise: launch rail pulleys, pulley block pulleys, cam pulleys, drive cables, and one or more winches. Embodiments of the launcher may apply a constant force to the aircraft uniformly over the launch distance, such that the unmanned aircraft may be propelled within a relatively short distance by applying energy to the aircraft in the smallest period of time and without exceeding the aircraft's acceleration limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Nicholas McGaha, Alvin L. Quintana
  • Patent number: 10233953
    Abstract: A connector for non-cylindrical composite tubing and methods for making the same. The method may involve assembling a connector for a non-cylindrical composite tubing by loosely fastening a pair of bonding plates to an end plate; arranging the bonding plates in an inward configuration; applying an epoxy adhesive onto the outer faces of the bonding plates, inserting the bonding plates into the open end of the composite tubing, inserting the bonding plate fasteners through the through-holes of the composite tubing and tightly fastening the bonding plate fasteners into the bonding plates until the bonding plates engage against the inner surface of the composite tubing until the epoxy adhesive is uniformly distributed. The method may also include steps of removing the bonding plate screw fasteners and adding shims between each bonding plate and the inner surface of the composite tubing in order to maintain a predetermined thickness of the epoxy adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Nicholas McGaha
  • Patent number: 9343819
    Abstract: A family of swaged connectors has particular application for joining segments of copper cable that make up a subterranean grounding grid in an electrical utility substation. The connectors have a body member with at least one swage region having a trough for receiving an electrical conductor. The swage region has an opening extending the length of the trough to allow insertion, in a radial direction, of the electrical conductor into the trough. An insert is configured for mating engagement with the opening in the swage region, such that, when the insert is mated with the body member, an electrical conductor disposed within the trough is radially entrapped in the connector. The connector body and insert have a cylindrical outer surface in the swage region to facilitate swaging the connector to secure it to the electrical conductor. The connector may be configured as a lap splice, tee or elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: DMC Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Luis Sosa
  • Publication number: 20150072574
    Abstract: A family of swaged connectors has particular application for joining segments of copper cable that make up a subterranean grounding grid in an electrical utility substation. The connectors have a body member with at least one swage region having a trough for receiving an electrical conductor. The swage region has an opening extending the length of the trough to allow insertion, in a radial direction, of the electrical conductor into the trough. An insert is configured for mating engagement with the opening in the swage region, such that, when the insert is mated with the body member, an electrical conductor disposed within the trough is radially entrapped in the connector. The connector body and insert have a cylindrical outer surface in the swage region to facilitate swaging the connector to secure it to the electrical conductor. The connector may be configured as a lap splice, tee or elbow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: DMC POWER, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Kerry McGann, Luis Sosa