Patents by Inventor Steve Mackin

Steve Mackin 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: 20200248933
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for providing cooled air to an aircraft using dry ice. The cooling apparatus includes dry ice hopper to store dry ice and feed it to a dry ice mill, which is turn mills the dry ice into an insulated vessel containing a fluid coolant. A fluid coolant loop connects the insulated vessel with a heat exchanger, and a pump transports the fluid coolant through the fluid coolant loop. An agitator within the insulated vessel is coupled to the pump, so that operation of the pump causes the agitator to agitate the mixture of fluid coolant and milled dry ice within the insulated vessel. Cool air is provided to the aircraft by an air delivery system that conveys air across the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve Mackin
  • Patent number: 10208675
    Abstract: A hybrid drive system driven by a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The hybrid drive system includes a planetary gear set, a first motor-generator, and a second motor-generator. The planetary gear set includes a first member, a second member, and a third member. The first member is operatively coupled to the second member and the third member. The first member is operatively coupled to and transmits power from a shaft of the gas turbine engine. The first motor-generator is drivingly coupled to the third member. The second motor-generator includes an output and is drivingly coupled to the second motor-generator by the second member and the third member. The hybrid drive system is configured to transfer the power from the shaft to the output of the second motor-generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve Mackin
  • Patent number: 10189572
    Abstract: An ice prevention system is configured to prevent ice from forming and/or melt ice with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft. The ice prevention system includes a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet. A supply air conduit is coupled to the air inlet of the combustor. The supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor. One or more delivery conduits are coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor. The delivery conduit(s) are configured to be coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft. The combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the delivery conduit(s) through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming with respect to the portion(s) of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steve Mackin, Robert Earl Fisher
  • Publication number: 20180266329
    Abstract: A hybrid drive system driven by a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The hybrid drive system includes a planetary gear set, a first motor-generator, and a second motor-generator. The planetary gear set includes a first member, a second member, and a third member. The first member is operatively coupled to the second member and the third member. The first member is operatively coupled to and transmits power from a shaft of the gas turbine engine. The first motor-generator is drivingly coupled to the third member. The second motor-generator includes an output and is drivingly coupled to the second motor-generator by the second member and the third member. The hybrid drive system is configured to transfer the power from the shaft to the output of the second motor-generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: Steve Mackin
  • Publication number: 20170313428
    Abstract: An ice prevention system is configured to prevent ice from forming and/or melt ice with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft. The ice prevention system includes a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet. A supply air conduit is coupled to the air inlet of the combustor. The supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor. One or more delivery conduits are coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor. The delivery conduit(s) are configured to be coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft. The combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the delivery conduit(s) through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming with respect to the portion(s) of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steve Mackin, Robert Earl Fisher
  • Patent number: 9452721
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for generating power for a vehicle. A power generator may include a first loop configured to be deployed from a portion of a vehicle. The power generator also includes a first plurality of resistive devices coupled to the first loop, at least one resistive device of the first plurality of resistive devices being configured to transfer a force to the first loop. The power generator may also include a pulley coupled to the first loop, the pulley being configured to receive the force transferred to the first loop, and the pulley being further configured to rotate in response to receiving the force from the first loop. The power generator may also include a generator coupled to the pulley, the generator being coupled to an electrical system, and the generator being configured to deliver power to the electrical system in response to the pulley rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve Mackin
  • Publication number: 20150091375
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for generating power for a vehicle. A power generator may include a first loop configured to be deployed from a portion of a vehicle. The power generator also includes a first plurality of resistive devices coupled to the first loop, at least one resistive device of the first plurality of resistive devices being configured to transfer a force to the first loop. The power generator may also include a pulley coupled to the first loop, the pulley being configured to receive the force transferred to the first loop, and the pulley being further configured to rotate in response to receiving the force from the first loop. The power generator may also include a generator coupled to the pulley, the generator being coupled to an electrical system, and the generator being configured to deliver power to the electrical system in response to the pulley rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve Mackin