Including Impact Or Inertia Switch Patents (Class 102/216)
  • Patent number: 11085745
    Abstract: A multiple stage armor piercing projectile cartridge with a hardened steel projectile having a pyrotechnic end target contact cap. A secondary propellant cartridge with a steel conveyance housing providing additional kinetic impact penetrating force to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: James Sherwood Pierce, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11031607
    Abstract: A method for producing power from a thermal battery having a piezoelectric generator. The method including: initiating the thermal battery when the thermal battery experiences a predetermined acceleration event; generating power from the piezoelectric generator when the thermal battery experiences the predetermined acceleration event for at least an initial period after the predetermined acceleration event; and generating power from the thermal battery after the initial period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S Rastegar
  • Patent number: 10551158
    Abstract: An impact-detection device includes at least one waveguide provided at each of the two ends thereof with a connector. The device further includes a ring with a curved outer contour. The ring forms a separate part with planar radial surfaces. The waveguide is built into the body of the ring about the ring, and the two ends of the waveguide are arranged on the outside of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MBDA FRANCE
    Inventors: Bernard Greiner, Mathieu Loosfeld, Kevin Tastets
  • Patent number: 10458769
    Abstract: An inertial igniter for igniting a thermal battery upon a predetermined acceleration event. The inertial igniter including: a base having a first projection; a striker mass rotatably connected to the base through a rotatable connection, the base having a second projection aligned with the first projection such that when the striker mass is rotated towards the base, the first projection impacts the second projection; a rotation prevention mechanism for preventing impact of the first and second projections unless the predetermined acceleration event is experienced; and a spring for biasing the striker mass in a biasing direction away from the base, the spring being disposed between a portion of the striker mass and a portion of the rotation prevention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jahangir S Rastegar
  • Patent number: 10310094
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a depth in a borehole penetrating the earth includes: a global positioning system (GPS) receiver disposed at a platform configured for conducting operations related to the borehole, the GPS receiver being configured to receive GPS signals related to a location of the GPS receiver; and a processor coupled to the GPS receiver and configured to estimate the depth in the borehole using GPS location data received from the GPS receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Gerard Istre, Marco Antonio Zamora, Harry Roger Page
  • Patent number: 9903695
    Abstract: A detonator device includes a mechanism for shifting between an out-of-line orientation, wherein initiation of a detonator does not result in initiation of the explosive train, and an in-line orientation, wherein initiation of the detonator results in initiation of the explosive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Goodman, Francois Black, Allan Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9891032
    Abstract: An electronic hand grenade is provided, which includes a body having at least one charge therein. An electronic detonation unit is attached to the body for detonating the at least one charge. A pull pin is removably attached to the electronic detonation unit, for activating the electronic detonation unit upon removal thereof. The electronic detonation unit includes an accelerometer for detecting movement and acceleration of the body, a controller containing an operating program for controlling operation of the electronic detonation unit, a detonator for providing a spark to ignite the at least one charge, and a power source for powering the electronic detonation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SciCast International, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry C. Leipert, Jr., James H. Elder, Martin E. Wigg
  • Patent number: 9841263
    Abstract: A method for initiating a thermal battery including: releasing an engagement between an element and a striker mass upon an acceleration time and magnitude greater than a first threshold; and moving at least one member into a path of the element to prevent the element from releasing the striker mass only where the acceleration time and magnitude is greater than a second threshold, the second threshold being greater than the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jahangir S Rastegar
  • Patent number: 9752858
    Abstract: Charged projectile assemblies include a housing and an electronic assembly configured to produce an electric field about at least a portion of the housing of the projectile. Cartridge assemblies for use with firearms include charged projectiles. Methods of charging a projectile include forming an electric field about at least a portion of a projectile and extending the electric field at least partially between a forward portion of the projectile and an aft portion of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Orbital ATK, Inc.
    Inventors: Otto S. Krauss, John W. Westbrook, III
  • Patent number: 9500458
    Abstract: An electronic hand grenade is provided, which includes a body having at least one charge therein. An electronic detonation unit is attached to the body for detonating the at least one charge. A pull pin is removably attached to the electronic detonation unit, for activating the electronic detonation unit upon removal thereof. The electronic detonation unit includes an accelerometer for detecting movement and acceleration of the body, a controller containing an operating program for controlling operation of the electronic detonation unit, a detonator for providing a spark to ignite the at least one charge, and a power source for powering the electronic detonation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SciCast International, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Wigg, Henry C. Leipert, Jr., James H. Elder
  • Patent number: 9145760
    Abstract: Certain aspects and features of the present invention are directed to a supercapacitor device that can be disposed in a wellbore through a fluid-producing formation. The supercapacitor device can include a body that can be disposed in the wellbore, a supercapacitor disposed in the body, at least two terminals disposed at least partially outside the body, and an actuation mechanism. The supercapacitor stores energy. The terminals can be electrically connected with the supercapacitor. An electrical connection between the supercapacitor and the terminals can cause the energy to be discharged from the supercapacitor in response to a conductive material providing an electrical path between the at least two terminals. The actuation mechanism can selectively prevent a deployment of the supercapacitor device in the wellbore from causing a discharge of the energy from the supercapacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. McMillon, Robert M. Neely, Gregory T. Werkheiser
  • Patent number: 9123487
    Abstract: A method for initiating a thermal battery including: releasing an engagement between an element and a striker mass upon an acceleration time and magnitude greater than a first threshold; and moving at least one member into a path of the element to prevent the element from releasing the striker mass only where the acceleration time and magnitude is greater than a second threshold, the second threshold being greater than the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 8875631
    Abstract: A method for igniting a thermal battery upon a predetermined acceleration event. The method including: rotatably connecting a striker mass to a base; aligning a first projection on the striker mass with a second projection on the base such that when the striker mass is rotated towards the base, the first projection impacts the second projection; and preventing impact of the first and second projections unless the predetermined acceleration event is experienced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8869700
    Abstract: A G-switch including: a base and posts, the posts having a hole; a locking ball with a portion disposed in the holes; a striker mass movably disposed relative to the posts and having a concave portion, wherein a portion of the locking balls is disposed the concave portion; a collar movable relative to the posts; a biasing element for biasing the collar in a position which retains the locking balls within the concave portions, the biasing element permitting movement of the collar to a position in which the locking balls are released from the concave portions to release the striker mass upon a predetermined acceleration profile; and a member on the striker mass and first and second electrically conductive contacts on a portion of the body, the first member opening or closing an electrical circuit between the first and second contacts upon release of the striker mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Publication number: 20140311369
    Abstract: A method for initiating a thermal battery including: releasing an engagement between an element and a striker mass upon an acceleration time and magnitude greater than a first threshold; and moving at least one member into a path of the element to prevent the element from releasing the striker mass only where the acceleration time and magnitude is greater than a second threshold, the second threshold being greater than the first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 8820241
    Abstract: A safety device for a fuze of a projectile that includes a detonating device for detonating the fuze. The safety device has a safety unit with a processor for safeguarding a detonation process of the detonating device. The safety unit contains a sensor unit configured to output a disengagement signal at a predetermined acceleration state. The processor is set up to output a control signal to release the safety unit in accordance with the presence of the disengagement signal. A low-acceleration state of the flight of the projectile can thus be detected and used as release parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Junghans Microtec GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Kautzsch, Siegfried Lauble, Robert Hüttner, Andreas Schellhorn
  • Patent number: 8813648
    Abstract: An ignition and delay circuit of an ammunition unit for time controlled delay of the initiation of an electric blasting cap. The ignition and delay circuit includes a piezo electric device generating electrical energy when hitting a target. An energy storing device stores the energy generated by the piezo electric device. A delay device supplied by the energy storing device and controlling the initiation of the electric blasting cap. A programmable micro processor is provided supplied by the energy storing device and arranged to control the delay of the initiation in dependence of at least the type of ammunition in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Henrik Remahl
  • Patent number: 8701559
    Abstract: A method for detecting a target impact of the munition. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from an axial vibration induced by the munition; monitoring an output from the power supply; and determining if the munition has axially impacted a target based on the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Patent number: 8651022
    Abstract: An inertial igniter for igniting a thermal battery upon a predetermined acceleration event is provided. The inertial igniter including: a base having a first projection; a striker mass rotatably connected to the base through a rotatable connection, the base having a second projection aligned with the first projection such that when the striker mass is rotated towards the base, the first projection impacts the second projection; and a rotation prevention mechanism for preventing impact of the first and second projections unless the predetermined acceleration event is experienced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8635956
    Abstract: A munition including: a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from a vibration upon impact of the munition; a processor operatively connected to the power supply for initiating detonation time-out circuitry to disable detonation of the munition after a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Publication number: 20140013983
    Abstract: An ignition system for a thermal battery where the ignition system includes: a base plate for connection to the thermal battery; and two or more inertial igniters formed on the base plate, each of the two or more inertial igniters having a striker mass which ignites one or more pyrotechnic materials upon a predetermined acceleration profile, the base plate having an opening corresponding to each of the two or more inertial igniters for allowing a generated spark to pass into the thermal battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Omnitek Partners LLC.
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray
  • Patent number: 8584585
    Abstract: An inertial delay mechanism for use in an explosive projectile is provided. The delay mechanism consists of an inertial delay fuse that is precise, doesn't require sensitive primary explosives and doesn't utilize electronic circuitry. The inertial delay fuse includes a free sliding charge element that strikes an anvil located opposite to the sliding charge element. A delay gap is provided between the sliding charge element and the anvil. Upon impact, the sliding charge element slides forward and impacts the anvil, thereby inducing a shock wave in an initiator charge that subsequently results in detonation of main charges. The design is mechanically simple and robust enough to withstand severe g-loading forces that occur during firing and penetration of a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bohnet, Yeshayahu S. Goldstein, Mark H. Machina, Kristopher P. Mount, Kenneth W. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130284044
    Abstract: A mechanism including: a toggle link rotatably connected to a base structure; a stop connected to the base structure for limiting a rotational travel of the toggle link; a biasing element having a first end attached to the base structure and a second end attached to the toggle link such that the toggle link is biased towards the stop when the toggle link is positioned on a first side of a singular position and the toggle link is biased towards an opposite direction from the stop when the toggle link is positioned on a second side of the singular position; and an inertial element movably disposed between the base structure and the toggle link such that that inertial element moves the toggle link from the first side of the singular position to the second side of the singular position when the base structure undergoes an acceleration event greater than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Jacques Fischer, Qing Tu
  • Publication number: 20130276657
    Abstract: A method for detecting a number of events having an acceleration profile greater than a predetermined threshold. The method including: detecting a number of events having the acceleration profile greater than the predetermined threshold; counting the number of events detected having the acceleration profile greater than the predetermined threshold; and outputting a mechanical or electrical signal based on whether the counted number of events having the acceleration profile greater than the predetermined threshold is greater than a predetermined number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 8550001
    Abstract: An inertial igniter including: a body having a base and three or more posts, each post having a hole; a locking ball corresponding to each post, wherein a portion of the locking balls are disposed in the hole; a striker mass movably disposed relative to the posts and having a surface corresponding to the posts, the striker mass further having a concave portion corresponding to the locking balls, wherein a second portion of each locking ball is disposed in a corresponding concave portion for retaining the striker mass relative to the posts; a collar movable relative to the posts; and a biasing element for biasing the collar in a first position which retains the striker mass, the biasing element permitting movement of the collar to a second position to release the striker mass relative to the posts upon a predetermined acceleration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray, Jacques Fischer
  • Publication number: 20130213252
    Abstract: An inertial delay mechanism for use in an explosive projectile is provided. The delay mechanism consists of an inertial delay fuse that is precise, doesn't require sensitive primary explosives and doesn't utilize electronic circuitry. The inertial delay fuse includes a free sliding charge element that strikes an anvil located opposite to the sliding charge element. A delay gap is provided between the sliding charge element and the anvil. Upon impact, the sliding charge element slides forward and impacts the anvil, thereby inducing a shock wave in an initiator charge that subsequently results in detonation of main charges. The design is mechanically simple and robust enough to withstand severe g-loading forces that occur during firing and penetration of a projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130174754
    Abstract: An all-fire detection circuit for an electrically initiated inertial igniter munition. The all-fire detection circuit including: an input configured for receiving an input voltage over a duration responsive to an acceleration of the munition; an electrical storage device configured to receive a portion of the input voltage over the duration and to thereby accumulate a charge, an output coupled to the electrical storage device to deliver an all-fire indication when at least a portion of the charge exceeds a first predetermined voltage; and a first diode having a first anode coupled to the input and a first cathode coupled to the electrical storage device, the first diode selected to have a backward leakage draining the charge when the input voltage drops below a second predetermined voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S Rastegar, Dake Feng
  • Publication number: 20130152811
    Abstract: A G-switch including: a base and posts, the posts having a hole; a locking ball with a portion disposed in the holes; a striker mass movably disposed relative to the posts and having a concave portion, wherein a portion of the locking balls is disposed the concave portion; a collar movable relative to the posts; a biasing element for biasing the collar in a position which retains the locking balls within the concave portions, the biasing element permitting movement of the collar to a position in which the locking balls are released from the concave portions to release the striker mass upon a predetermined acceleration profile; and a member on the striker mass and first and second electrically conductive contacts on a portion of the body, the first member opening or closing an electrical circuit between the first and second contacts upon release of the striker mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 8430029
    Abstract: An inertial delay mechanism for use in an explosive projectile is provided. The delay mechanism consists of an inertial delay fuse that is precise, doesn't require sensitive primary explosives and doesn't utilize electronic circuitry. The inertial delay fuse includes a free sliding charge element that strikes an anvil located opposite to the sliding charge element. A delay gap is provided between the sliding charge element and the anvil. Upon impact, the sliding charge element slides forward and impacts the anvil, thereby inducing a shock wave in an initiator charge that subsequently results in detonation of main charges. The design is mechanically simple and robust enough to withstand severe g-loading forces that occur during firing and penetration of a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bohnet, Yeshayahu S. Goldstein, Mark H. Machina, Kristopher P. Mount, Kenneth W. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8418617
    Abstract: A method of igniting one of a pyrotechnic material and primer during or after an all fire setback acceleration. The method including: positioning a mass element along an inclined surface; biasing the mass element in a direction into the inclined surface such that the mass element traverses the inclined surface upon the all fire setback acceleration against the biasing; drawing the mass element toward one of a pyrotechnic material and primer with the biasing after the mass element traverses the inclined surface. The method can further include delaying the drawing until the mass element experiences a set forward acceleration. The delaying can include drawing the mass element into a delay well after the mass element traverses the inclined surface and drawing the mass element across a delay wedge when the mass element experiences the set forward acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray
  • Patent number: 8408133
    Abstract: A method for detonating an unexploded munition including: firing one or more munitions into an area without detonation; providing the one or more munitions with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from an induced vibration; inducing a vibration in the power supply of the one or more munitions to generate power; and generating a detonation signal from the generated power to detonate the one or more munitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Patent number: 8387531
    Abstract: An impact switch includes a housing having a wall including at least two electrically conductive contact elements spaced apart from one another. The switch includes an inertial body having a conductive surface disposed in a tapered aperture and electrically connecting the contact elements to one another in a switch closed condition. An impact switch for rapidly firing an explosive device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tessera, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Allen Honer, Rolfe Tyson Gustus, Ilyas Mohammed
  • Publication number: 20120291650
    Abstract: The present invention describes an electronic fuze (200) operable to complement a mechanical point impact fuze (101). The electronic fuze (200) includes a voltage generator circuit (210), micro-controller (220), a piezo-electric sensor (262), a firing circuit (280) and a safety lockout circuit (290). When a projectile (50) strikes a target at an optimum angle, the mechanical point impact fuze (101) is activated; when the strike angle is oblique, the mechanical point impact fuze may be ineffective but the piezo-electric sensor (262) is operable to trigger the firing circuit (280). The safety lockout circuit (290) ensures the firing circuit (280) is operative only after a predetermined delay time when an n-channel FET (292) is turned OFF. The micro-controller (220) also generates a TIME-OUT signal, which provides for self-destruction of a projectile that has failed to explode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Cheng Hok Aw, Juan Kiat Jeremy Quek, Yong Lim Thomas Ang, Siwei Huang, Soo Chew Sie
  • Patent number: 8297193
    Abstract: A surrogate RPG includes a warhead with an outer conductive portion and an inner conductive portion spaced from the outer conductive portion. A sabot includes an electrical circuit configured to monitor conductivity between the inner and outer conductive portions. The surrogate RPG can be used to test the effectiveness of various RPG defeat technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Lawson, Scott Paul Quigley, Jamie Orlando Milliken, Robert Lee Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8205555
    Abstract: A method is provided for recovering and/or exploded an unexploded munition. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from an induced vibration; inducing a vibration; monitoring an output from the power supply after the power supply has stopped generating power from a firing of the munition; and generating a beacon signal or detonation signal upon the detection of the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Patent number: 8191475
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting a target impact of a munition. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from a vibration induced by the munition; monitoring an output from the power supply; and determining whether the output of power from the power supply has dropped below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Publication number: 20120132097
    Abstract: An inertial igniter for igniting a thermal battery upon a predetermined acceleration event is provided. The inertial igniter including: a base having a first projection; a striker mass rotatably connected to the base through a rotatable connection, the base having a second projection aligned with the first projection such that when the striker mass is rotated towards the base, the first projection impacts the second projection; and a rotation prevention mechanism for preventing impact of the first and second projections unless the predetermined acceleration event is experienced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8061271
    Abstract: An inertial igniter including: a housing; a striker mass movable relative to the housing; a biasing element for biasing the striker mass towards a percussion primer; one or more movable members each having one or more stops, the one or more stops having a first position for preventing a portion of the striker mass from striking the percussion primer and a second position allowing the portion of the striker mass to strike the percussion primer; wherein the movable members move the one or more stops to the second position when subjected to a predetermined acceleration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Murray, Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8047135
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a dart that contains an HE payload, two time-delay fuses, one providing a relatively longer delay and the other providing a relatively shorter delay and two triggering mechanisms for triggering the fuses. The first triggering mechanism, which triggers on contact with a mine lid, triggers the relatively shorter time-delay fuse. The second mechanism, which triggers on overburdening exposure to water, sand, or soil, triggers the relatively longer time-delay fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Antonio Paulic, Lance Hamilton Benedict
  • Patent number: 8042471
    Abstract: A safe and arm (S&A) device is disclosed. The device utilizes a no-fire separation distance and a mechanical configuration of primary explosive/booster explosive and secondary explosive to establish a safe mode. While in safe mode, the device would allow no more than 1 in 1 million detonation transfers to occur from primary to secondary. In armed mode, the no-fire separation distance is taken away, allowing reliable detonation transfer. Two arming environments, which occur after launch and safe separation, are used to move the S&A device to armed mode. The first environment is the release event of the projectiles from their packed state in a dispenser. The second environment is a target sense mechanism. If either arming environment returns to its original state, the mechanism returns to safe mode. The S&A device will not allow inadvertent packing into the dispenser of explosive devices in the armed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Michel, Joseph R. Mayersak, Lance Benedict
  • Publication number: 20110252994
    Abstract: An inertial igniter including: a housing; a striker mass movable relative to the housing; a biasing element for biasing the striker mass towards a percussion primer; one or more movable members each having one or more stops, the one or more stops having a first position for preventing a portion of the striker mass from striking the percussion primer and a second position allowing the portion of the striker mass to strike the percussion primer; wherein the movable members move the one or more stops to the second position when subjected to a predetermined acceleration profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Richard T. Murray, Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20110171511
    Abstract: An inertial igniter including: a body having a base and three or more posts, each post having a hole; a locking ball corresponding to each post, wherein a portion of the locking balls are disposed in the hole; a striker mass movably disposed relative to the posts and having a surface corresponding to the posts, the striker mass further having a concave portion corresponding to the locking balls, wherein a second portion of each locking ball is disposed in a corresponding concave portion for retaining the striker mass relative to the posts; a collar movable relative to the posts; and a biasing element for biasing the collar in a first position which retains the striker mass, the biasing element permitting movement of the collar to a second position to release the striker mass relative to the posts upon a predetermined acceleration profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray, Jacques Fischer
  • Publication number: 20100307362
    Abstract: A method of igniting one of a pyrotechnic material and primer during or after an all fire setback acceleration. The method including: positioning a mass element along an inclined surface; biasing the mass element in a direction into the inclined surface such that the mass element traverses the inclined surface upon the all fire setback acceleration against the biasing; drawing the mass element toward one of a pyrotechnic material and primer with the biasing after the mass element traverses the inclined surface. The method can further include delaying the drawing until the mass element experiences a set forward acceleration. The delaying can include drawing the mass element into a delay well after the mass element traverses the inclined surface and drawing the mass element across a delay wedge when the mass element experiences the set forward acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray
  • Publication number: 20100307363
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the impact of an ultra-high velocity projectile includes: a projectile; at least one optical fiber attached to at least a first area of the projectile; a light source coupled to the optical fiber supplying light into the optical fiber; and a monitor coupled to optical fiber configured to monitor the light in one optical fiber and positioned in a second area of the projectile. A method for operating a circuit in response to a shockwave of ultra-high velocity, includes the steps of deploying at least one optical fiber in a first area in the path of an ultra-high velocity shockwave; coupling a light source to the optical fiber, the light source supplying a light into the optical fiber; and deploying a monitor coupled to the optical fiber to: monitor the light in the optical fiber to detect a change in the light; and positioned in a second area further along the path of the shockwave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Ehud CHISHINSKI
  • Patent number: 7832335
    Abstract: An inertial igniter for use with a thermal battery for producing power upon acceleration is provided. The inertial igniter including: a base; at least one member disposed on the base, the at least one member having a hole; a mass movable towards the base, the mass having a concave portion; a locking ball disposed in the hole in the at least one member and having a portion thereof disposed in the concave portion for preventing relative movement of the mass with the base when an acceleration time profile is below a predetermined threshold; and a biasing spring including a portion for preventing the locking ball from leaving the concave portion when the acceleration time profile is below the predetermined threshold and for allowing the locking ball to leave the concave portion when the acceleration time profile is below the predetermined threshold to unlock the mass and permit movement of the mass relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Richard T. Murray
  • Patent number: 7814834
    Abstract: A fuze mounting assembly for a penetrating weapon configured as a projectable device, the fuze mounting assembly having fasteners, a fuze well and a fuze. The fuze includes an integral bolt flange for securing to the fuze well with the fasteners, wherein an amplification of acceleration of less than 3.0 is satisfied when the penetrating weapon is subjected to impact and penetration shock. Additionally, a projectable device having the fuze is provided. Also, a fuze mounting and a method for mounting a fuze are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley N. Schwantes, Bradley M. Biggs, Michael A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100242769
    Abstract: An ammunition unit suitable for combat in urban terrain. The ammunition unit includes a warhead including a kinetic pre-cursor, a main charge, an impact sensor and an ignition system. A pre-charge is accommodated in the kinetic pre-cursor. The ignition of the pre-charge is controlled by the ignition system by introducing a time delay between a sensed impact and the ignition of the pre-charge and the ignition of the main charge is controlled by the ignition system by introducing a further time delay before ignition of the main charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Jyrki Helander
  • Patent number: 7802518
    Abstract: A fuze mounting assembly for a penetrating, the fuze mounting assembly includes a fuze well and a fuze. The fuze includes an integral flange for securing to the fuze well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley N. Schwantes, Bradley M. Biggs, Michael A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7762191
    Abstract: A method is provided for differentiating a non-firing event of a munition from a firing event. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from a vibration induced by the munition; monitoring an output from the power supply; calculating an impact pulse from the output; and determining whether the munition is to be fired based on the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler
  • Patent number: 7762192
    Abstract: A method is provided for validating a firing of a munition and duration of firing of the munition. The method including: providing the munition with a power supply having a piezoelectric material for generating power from a vibration induced by the munition; monitoring an output from the power supply; calculating an impact pulse from the output; and determining one or more of whether the munition has been fired and the duration of firing based on the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Carlos M. Pereira, Richard Dratler