Patents by Inventor Stephen B. Heppe

Stephen B. Heppe 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: 10686609
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a chain of authenticated citations, from an original source document available online, through a chain of later documents and posts. Also disclosed are systems and methods of machine scoring of user posts based on metrics related to the expected veracity of cited sources, and the degree to which cited source material or verifiable online content may have been modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe, Trevor Wright
  • Patent number: 10494075
    Abstract: In one example, a long endurance airship system includes a first combined airship with a payload airship and a first logistics airship. The first combined airship is configured for stationkeeping at a predetermined station during meteorological conditions with wind speeds below a predetermined threshold. The airship system also includes a second combined airship which is a reconfiguration of the first combined airship and includes the payload airship and a second logistics airship. The second combined airship is configured for stationkeeping at the predetermined station in all meteorological conditions, including meteorological conditions with wind speeds above the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 10457394
    Abstract: A method for launch of an airship includes connecting a cargo airship to a second airship that is not positively buoyant at the launch site, launching the cargo airship, transferring lifting gas from the cargo airship to the second airship where said lifting gas is carded by the cargo airship while aloft; and releasing the second airship from the cargo airship. A high-altitude airship launch system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 10450047
    Abstract: A method of repairing an airship hull of an airship during flight and while the airship is untethered from the ground comprises detecting a breach in a gas barrier bordering an interior volume of the airship, the airship containing a lifting gas wherein the hull of the airship comprises an electrically conductive material and wherein the breach in the gas barrier is detected by detecting changes in an electrical conductivity of the electrically conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Stratospheric Airships, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20190013953
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a chain of authenticated citations, from an original source document available online, through a chain of later documents and posts. Also disclosed are systems and methods of machine scoring of user posts based on metrics related to the expected veracity of cited sources, and the degree to which cited source material or verifiable online content may have been modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe, Trevor Wright
  • Publication number: 20180237141
    Abstract: A method for launch of an airship includes connecting a cargo airship to a second airship that is not positively buoyant at the launch site, launching the cargo airship, transferring lifting gas from the cargo airship to the second airship where said lifting gas is carried by the cargo airship while aloft; and releasing the second airship from the cargo airship. A releasable payload return vehicle is also provided, wherein the payload return vehicle generates aerodynamic forces while it is mated to the cargo airship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 10033537
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a chain of authenticated citations, from an original source document available online, through a chain of later documents and posts. Also disclosed are systems and methods of machine scoring of user posts based on memos related to the expected veracity of cited sources, and the degree to which cited source material or verifiable online content may have been modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe, Trevor Wright
  • Publication number: 20170297672
    Abstract: In one example, a long endurance airship system includes a first combined airship with a payload airship and a first logistics airship. The first combined airship is configured for stationkeeping at a predetermined station during meteorological conditions with wind speeds below a predetermined threshold. The airship system also includes a second combined airship which is a reconfiguration of the first combined airship and includes the payload airship and a second logistics airship. The second combined airship is configured for stationkeeping at the predetermined station in all meteorological conditions, including meteorological conditions with wind speeds above the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20170225785
    Abstract: A method for launch of an airship includes connecting a cargo airship to a second airship that is not positively buoyant at the launch site, launching the cargo airship, transferring lifting gas from the cargo airship to the second airship where said lifting gas is carded by the cargo airship while aloft; and releasing the second airship from the cargo airship. A high-altitude airship launch system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20170195125
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a chain of authenticated citations, from an original source document available online, through a chain of later documents and posts. Also disclosed are systems and methods of machine scoring of user posts based on memos related to the expected veracity of cited sources, and the degree to which cited source material or verifiable online content may have been modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe, Trevor Wright
  • Patent number: 9669917
    Abstract: A method for launch of an airship includes connecting a cargo airship to a second airship that is not positively buoyant at the launch site, launching the cargo airship, transferring lifting gas from the cargo airship to the second airship where said lifting gas is carried by the cargo airship while aloft; and releasing the second airship from the cargo airship. A high-altitude airship launch system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9639841
    Abstract: In one example, a method for promoting learned discourse in online forums includes posting forum content on a forum server and providing access to users to the content through an I/O module. The method further includes receiving a comment from a user and analyzing the comment from the user to produce an a priori score for the comment. A portable certificate of status is accepted from the user and used to produce a posteriori score for the comment. A system for promoting learned discourse in online forums is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9611025
    Abstract: In one example, a free-flying tethered airship system includes an upper airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, a lower airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, and a tether connecting the upper airship to the lower airship such that the upper airship is at least one kilometer above the lower airship. The upper airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant, while carrying the tether, in a first altitude range. The lower airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant in a second altitude range, the first altitude range being higher than the second altitude range. A method for stationkeeping of a free-flying tethered airship system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20160368582
    Abstract: A method of repairing an airship hull of an airship during flight and while the airship is untethered from the ground comprises detecting a breach in a gas barrier bordering an interior volume of the airship, the airship containing a lifting gas wherein the hull of the airship comprises an electrically conductive material and wherein the breach in the gas barrier is detected by detecting changes in an electrical conductivity of the electrically conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Stratospheric Airships, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9452816
    Abstract: A system for airship hull reinforcement and in-situ repair includes a sensor for detecting a leak in the airship hull of a lighter-than-air airship and a repair mechanism inside lighter-than-air airship for dispensing repair material to seal the leak. A durable airship hull includes an inner gas barrier, an outer gas barrier, and a microlattice layer sandwiched between the inner gas barrier and the outer gas barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Stratospheric Airships, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20160167760
    Abstract: In one example, a free-flying tethered airship system includes an upper airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, a lower airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, and a tether connecting the upper airship to the lower airship such that the upper airship is at least one kilometer above the lower airship. The upper airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant, while carrying the tether, in a first altitude range. The lower airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant in a second altitude range, the first altitude range being higher than the second altitude range. A method for stationkeeping of a free-flying tethered airship system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Publication number: 20160083067
    Abstract: A system for airship hull reinforcement and in-situ repair includes a sensor for detecting a leak in the airship hull of a lighter-than-air airship and a repair mechanism inside lighter-than-air airship for dispensing repair material to seal the leak. A durable airship hull includes an inner gas barrier, an outer gas barrier, and a microlattice layer sandwiched between the inner gas barrier and the outer gas barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Applicant: Stratospheric Airships, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9266596
    Abstract: In one example, a free-flying tethered airship system includes an upper airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, a lower airship adapted to tailor its lift and drag, and a tether connecting the upper airship to the lower airship such that the upper airship is at least one kilometer above the lower airship. The upper airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant, while carrying the tether, in a first altitude range. The lower airship is configured to be equiliberally buoyant in a second altitude range, the first altitude range being higher than the second altitude range. A method for stationkeeping of a free-flying tethered airship system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9216806
    Abstract: A system for airship hull reinforcement and in-situ repair includes a sensor for detecting a leak in the airship hull of a lighter-than-air airship and a repair mechanism inside lighter-than-air airship for dispensing repair material to seal the leak. A durable airship hull includes an inner gas barrier, an outer gas barrier, and a microlattice layer sandwiched between the inner gas barrier and the outer gas barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9139279
    Abstract: In one example, a long endurance airship system includes a payload airship and a first logistics airship mechanically joined to the payload airship to form a first combined airship, the payload airship and the logistics airship having design capabilities differing by at least a factor of two with regard to at least one of: power generation capability, propulsion capability, endurance capability, and lift capability, in which the first combined airship is free flying, lighter-than-air, and configured to maintain aloft for greater than 30 days without physical connection to the ground. Illustrative methods for long endurance airship operations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe