Patents by Inventor Stephen Judd

Stephen Judd 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: 10445110
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 10351266
    Abstract: An ADCS module may be configured to use coordinate data from 2D photodiodes in one or more sun sensors to determine a sun vector. The ADCS module may then use the sun vector in reference to its own body faced (BF) coordinate system to calculate a change in the orientation of the space vehicle. The change in orientation mechanism may be accomplished by reaction wheels, ion thrusters, or other orientation altering mechanisms. A miniature, intelligent star tracker may be included that improves satellite attitude determination and pointing accuracy. An improved reaction wheel assembly may be included that is more robust and suitable for inclusion in small space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Martinez, Gayle Kestell, Adam Warniment, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 10247850
    Abstract: A laser seismometer may measure the change in a phase modulated optical signal. Unlike traditional interferometers, the laser phase is first modulated by a radio frequency (RF) source, which is then demodulated following detection to provide the signal of interest. The net result is a direct measurement of displacement with the effects of amplitude noise eliminated via limiting and the effects of 1/f phase noise (frequency drift, etc.) eliminated by self-interfering the signal. Because the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the optical signal is strong, the technique provides a strong measure of the displacement and avoids the extremely low voltages and associated problems of traditional sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Gerald Seitz, Michael Shinas, Matthew Briggs
  • Patent number: 10059468
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Patent number: 10015259
    Abstract: A sensor system may be configured for continuous operation in a low resource environment and/or in extreme environmental conditions. The sensor system may have sufficient processing capabilities to provide scientific computing for pre-processing, quality control, statistical analysis, event classification, data compression and corrections (e.g., spikes in the data), autonomous decisions and actions, triggering other nodes, and information assurance functions that provide data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation. The hardware may have both mesh networking and satellite and cellular communication capability, and may be available for relatively low cost. Such a network provides the flexibility to have potentially any number of nodes be completely independent from one another. Thus, the network may scale across a diverse terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Janette Frigo, Stephen Judd, Michael Proicou, Kevin McCabe, Donald Enemark, Alexandra Saari, Shawn Hinzey
  • Patent number: 9981758
    Abstract: An adaptable, modular, multi-purpose (AMM) space vehicle backplane may accommodate boards and components for various missions. The AMM backplane may provide a common hardware interface and common board-to-board communications. Components, connectors, test points, and sensors may be embedded directly into the backplane to provide additional functionality, diagnostics, and system access. Other space vehicle sections may plug directly into the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Adam Warniment
  • Patent number: 9878805
    Abstract: A “black box” space vehicle solution may allow a payload developer to define the mission space and provide mission hardware within a predetermined volume and with predetermined connectivity. Components such as the power module, radios and boards, attitude determination and control system (ADCS), command and data handling (C&DH), etc. may all be provided as part of a “stock” (i.e., core) space vehicle. The payload provided by the payload developer may be plugged into the space vehicle payload section, tested, and launched without custom development of core space vehicle components by the payload developer. A docking station may facilitate convenient development and testing of the space vehicle while reducing handling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Daniel Seitz
  • Patent number: 9853353
    Abstract: A space vehicle electromechanical system may employ an architecture that enables convenient and practical testing, reset, and retesting of solar panel and antenna deployment on the ground. A helical antenna winding fixture may facilitate winding and binding of the helical antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, David Guenther, Donald Enemark, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 9768857
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Patent number: 9760382
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 9708080
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Patent number: 9478855
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Publication number: 20150367966
    Abstract: An ADCS module may be configured to use coordinate data from 2D photodiodes in one or more sun sensors to determine a sun vector. The ADCS module may then use the sun vector in reference to its own body faced (BF) coordinate system to calculate a change in the orientation of the space vehicle. The change in orientation mechanism may be accomplished by reaction wheels, ion thrusters, or other orientation altering mechanisms. A miniature, intelligent star tracker may be included that improves satellite attitude determination and pointing accuracy. An improved reaction wheel assembly may be included that is more robust and suitable for inclusion in small space vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Martinez, Gayle Kestell, Adam Warniment, Steven Storms
  • Publication number: 20150367964
    Abstract: A modular space vehicle chassis may facilitate convenient access to internal components of the space vehicle. Each module may be removable from the others such that each module may be worked on individually. Multiple panels of at least one of the modules may swing open or otherwise be removable, exposing large portions of the internal components of the space vehicle. Such chassis architectures may reduce the time required for and difficulty of performing maintenance or modifications, may allow multiple space vehicles to take advantage of a common chassis design, and may further allow for highly customizable space vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms, Gayle Kestell
  • Publication number: 20150372380
    Abstract: A field unit and ground station may use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and share a common architecture, where differences in functionality are governed by software. The field units and ground stations may be easy to deploy, relatively inexpensive, and be relatively easy to operate. A novel file system may be used where datagrams of a file may be stored across multiple drives and/or devices. The datagrams may be received out of order and reassembled at the receiving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Jerry Delapp, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, John Michel, Donald Enemark
  • Publication number: 20150370579
    Abstract: A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Jerry Delapp, Dean Prichard, Michael Proicou, Daniel Seitz, Paul Stein, John Michel, Justin Tripp, Joseph Palmer, Steven Storms
  • Publication number: 20150367965
    Abstract: A “black box” space vehicle solution may allow a payload developer to define the mission space and provide mission hardware within a predetermined volume and with predetermined connectivity. Components such as the power module, radios and boards, attitude determination and control system (ADCS), command and data handling (C&DH), etc. may all be provided as part of a “stock” (i.e., core) space vehicle. The payload provided by the payload developer may be plugged into the space vehicle payload section, tested, and launched without custom development of core space vehicle components by the payload developer. A docking station may facilitate convenient development and testing of the space vehicle while reducing handling thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Daniel Seitz
  • Publication number: 20150367967
    Abstract: An adaptable, modular, multi-purpose (AMM) space vehicle backplane may accommodate boards and components for various missions. The AMM backplane may provide a common hardware interface and common board-to-board communications. Components, connectors, test points, and sensors may be embedded directly into the backplane to provide additional functionality, diagnostics, and system access. Other space vehicle sections may plug directly into the backplane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, Kevin McCabe, Adam Warniment
  • Publication number: 20150372374
    Abstract: A space vehicle electromechanical system may employ an architecture that enables convenient and practical testing, reset, and retesting of solar panel and antenna deployment on the ground. A helical antenna winding fixture may facilitate winding and binding of the helical antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Judd, Nicholas Dallmann, David Guenther, Donald Enemark, Daniel Seitz, John Martinez, Steven Storms
  • Patent number: 6538027
    Abstract: This invention provides compositions for repelling insects, particularly biting insects, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies comprising ratite oil, active fractions of ratite oil obtained by flash chromatography or compositions comprising mixtures of fatty acids found in ratite oil. Also provided are compositions for repelling insects comprising ratite oil, active fractions of ratite oil or compositions comprising mixtures of fatty acids found in ratite oil further comprising at least one additional insect repellent. Methods of repelling insects, particularly biting insects, are provided comprising topically applying ratite oil, active fractions of ratite oil, or compositions comprising mixtures of fatty acids found in ratite oil; or ratite oil, active fractions thereof, or compositions comprising fatty acids found in ratite oil and further comprising at least one additional insect repellent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: AgraQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise C. Manker, Pamela Gail Marrone, Stephen Judd