Miscellaneous Patents (Class 102/293)
  • Patent number: 10775141
    Abstract: An insensitive munition (IM) feature for a lightweight LW 30 MM ammunition projectile utilizing combustible vent plugs for the projectile, which plugs feature an exclusively nitrocellulose material sheet fused to a metal foil sheet, to plug vent holes in the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Leon Moy, Viral Panchal, Pasquale Carlucci
  • Patent number: 10760886
    Abstract: A number of devices and methods for biopassivating explosive ordnance are disclosed. In some embodiments, a biopassivation reactor device is used to render energetic material in an explosive ordnance less explosive and/or non-explosive. This can be done by coupling the biopassivation reactor device to the fuse opening of the explosive ordnance. This can also be done by incorporating the biopassivation reactor device into the explosive ordnance at the time of manufacture. The biopassivation reactor device can include a housing enclosing microorganisms, water, additives, and/or the like. In some embodiments, an entire ordnance magazine can be operated as a bioreactor to passivate the explosive ordnance inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on Behalf of the Desert Research Institute
    Inventors: David L. Decker, Joseph J. Grzymski
  • Patent number: 10742307
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a signal relay node that is physically displaceable by a delivery system to move the signal relay node to a different location, to enable the signal relay node to overcome physical obstructions to signal propagation. A delivery system, such as a launching system, can launch the signal relay node encased within a housing unit, such as a projectile cap. Upon launch into the air, an additional aloft package may provide an aerostat, parachute, and/or a propeller and motor system to keep the signal relay node aloft in the air for a longer period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Set Point Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Harrington Matanane Brown
  • Patent number: 10725192
    Abstract: A passive magnetic flux detector (PMFD) is provided for indicating an ambient magnetic field. The PMFD includes a coil, a rectifier, and an indicator. The indicator is either a light emitting diode (LED), a piezoelectric speaker or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: James Thomas Camp
  • Patent number: 10724836
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to enhancing insensitive munitions performance. Some of the embodiments employ an outgassing pad having unique geometrical configurations, compositions, and positioning. Other embodiments rely on using thermally-releasable components to foster billet expulsion. Additional embodiments combine both aspects into entire cook-off mitigation systems for insensitive munitions improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Lee R. Hardt, Donald L. Burnett, Josiah S. Garfield, Robert A. Koontz, Eric K. Wooding, Que T. BuiDang
  • Patent number: 10712132
    Abstract: Methods and structures associated with a towed, autonomous, or remotely controlled airborne mobile system including a plurality of reflection structure sections and shapes adapted for attracting attention of search systems configured for sensing pattern recognition based electromagnetic or visual reflections from the structures and shapes and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gerald F Miller, James L Stewart
  • Patent number: 10634474
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a shock mitigation device including a hollow fuze well having an inner surface and an outer surface. A plurality of vents are axially spaced at equal distance about the outer surface. A shock dampening liner is affixed to the inner surface. A shock dampening ring is concentric about the hollow fuze well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Blazek, Lee R. Hardt, Carl A. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10408594
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a shock mitigation device including a hollow fuze well having an inner surface and an outer surface. A plurality of vents are axially spaced at equal distance about the outer surface. A shock dampening liner is affixed to the inner surface. A shock dampening ring is concentric about the hollow fuze well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Blazek, Lee R. Hardt, Carl A. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10408593
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a vented torque release device including hollow fuze well having a proximal end, a distal end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. A wall is defined by the inner surface and the outer surface. A plurality of vents are axially spaced at equal distance about the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Blazek, Lee R. Hardt, Carl A. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10401129
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for drone interdiction. A projectile is capable of being launched to intercept a drone. The projectile may include a set of tethers that deploy from the projectile for securing the drone. The projectile may include a recovery device that deploys from the projectile for controlling a descent of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KESTREL SCIENCE AND INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Armstrong, George R. Hutchins, Timothy A. Wachob
  • Patent number: 10351485
    Abstract: A number of devices and methods for biopassivating explosive ordnance are disclosed. In some embodiments, a biopassivation reactor device is used to render energetic material in an explosive ordnance less explosive and/or non-explosive. This can be done by coupling the biopassivation reactor device to the fuse opening of the explosive ordnance. This can also be done by incorporating the biopassivation reactor device into the explosive ordnance at the time of manufacture. The biopassivation reactor device can include a housing enclosing microorganisms, water, additives, and/or the like. In some embodiments, an entire ordnance magazine can be operated as a bioreactor to passivate the explosive ordnance inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nevada System of Higher Education on Behalf of the Desert Research Institute
    Inventors: David L. Decker, Joseph J. Grzymski
  • Patent number: 10317301
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a joint portion, and a shock mitigating member including therein a flow path communicating with a branch path. The shock mitigating member includes a first flow path configured to cause a fluid to linearly flow, a blocking wall configured to block the fluid from linearly flowing, and a second flow path communicating with the first flow path and configured to cause the fluid to flow in a direction different from an axial center of the first flow path. Further, the shock mitigating member includes outlets with which the second flow path communicates, and a gap for adjusting a pressure of the fluid is formed between the shock mitigating member and the joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Saitoh, Shogo Kurisaki, Hiroto Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10231360
    Abstract: Embodiments include a heat sink cell comprising a first reservoir having a first volume of space and a first material stored in the first volume of space. The first material provides a first heat sink thermal operating range for the transfer of heat. The cell comprises a second reservoir and a second material stored in the second reservoir. A shape memory alloy (SMA) closes an opening of the second reservoir. The SMA is responsive to a temperature change of the first material or external sources to automatically open the opening so that the first material or the second material spontaneously pass through the opening to cause an endothermic reaction or an exothermic reaction between the first material and the second material to create a second heat sink thermal operating range different from the first heat sink thermal operating range. Embodiments also include a system and method of dual-mode passive thermal management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: David T. Howe, John Buchan
  • Patent number: 10126106
    Abstract: A coupler for coupling shock tube to a disrupter cannon so that the shock tube automatically decouples from the coupler and thereby from the disrupter cannon after the disrupter cannon has been fired to launch a projectile. The coupler retains the shock tube with a force that is greater than the force provided by the shock tube when it is ignited, but is less than the force of a reflected wave of pressure out of the disrupter cannon after the disrupter cannon has been fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: F. Richard Langner
  • Patent number: 10001348
    Abstract: A device for dismantling explosive devices, the device may include a handle for carrying the robot; a camera; infrared illumination elements; a payload compartment that is configured to hold, in a releasable manner, an explosive device dismantling payload; laser markers that are configured to be at a predefined spatial relationship with an optical axis of the explosive device dismantling payload; a transceiver; a controller that is configured to control the robot, at least partially in response to commands that are received by the transceiver; a base; and a rotation and tilt assembly for moving the payload compartment in relation to the base. The device may be without a driving unit for driving the device from one location to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Zickel
  • Patent number: 9890929
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a polyhedron may be provided. The polyhedron may include a first luminescent face; and a second luminescent face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Kroell
  • Patent number: 9841259
    Abstract: An electroshock system wirelessly delivers a shock to a subject. The electroshock system may include a launcher, a wireless projectile, a power source, and a wireless power transmitter. The launcher is configured to be grasped by a user. The wireless projectile is configured to detach from the launcher and adhere to a subject. The power source contributes power for the administration of a shock to the subject. The wireless power transmitter delivers said contributed power to the wireless projectile while the wireless projectile is detached from the launcher. The power source and the wireless transmitter may be co-located with the launcher, or may be separate (such as secured to a person or within a vehicle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Digital Ally, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Phillips, Peng Han, Stanton E. Ross, James W. Farnham, IV
  • Patent number: 9664490
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a loading arrangement for a destruction system configured for destruction of ammunition, small arms and thereto related material, and provides the advantage of improved safety surrounding loading of munitions into a chamber of the destruction system. The loading arrangement comprises a transportation duct at an inclined angle. A cradle configured to receive the munitions is pivotably attached to the transportation duct and can be pivoted upwards into the transportation duct through a cradle opening. A closure plate mechanically linked to the cradle and adapted to close the cradle opening is automatically moved as the cradle pivots upwards so as to open the cradle opening. The transportation duct can be releasably connected to an input duct of the chamber of the destruction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DYNASAFE DEMIL SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Ohlson
  • Patent number: 9347421
    Abstract: A laser ignition device for an internal combustion engine, encompassing an ignition laser having a combustion chamber window, such that until startup of the laser ignition device, the combustion chamber window is equipped with a protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Pascal Woerner, Juergen Raimann, Joerg Engelhardt, Martin Weinrotter
  • Patent number: 9347728
    Abstract: A disrupter unit is used for explosive ordnance disposal by firing a slug into the ordnance to be destroyed. A method is shown to secure the disrupter unit to a sand bag or other stationary location during such firing of the disrupter unit. The present invention may also adapt the disrupter unit to shear wire, such as barbed wire, by attaching a wire cutter element to the disrupter unit through a robust cable during firing. Likewise, the disrupter unit may be used as a remote pull device or further to unearth a buried item via mechanical advantage, wherein a military shovel or another long rod is attached by a robust cable to the disrupter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Alan Richwald, Brian Casteel, Brent Donahue, Michael Freeman, Nathan Leniz
  • Patent number: 9335139
    Abstract: The invention relates to a simulation chamber for setting of explosive charges contained in freight in a controlled manner under simulated conditions, comprising a closed explosion chamber (1), into which the freight (2) is introduced and in which real-time conditions are specified that match ambient conditions of the freight (2) on an intended transport path. In order to further develop such a simulation chamber in such a way that even explosive charges that cannot be detected by means of the hitherto existing examination and testing methods can be recognized, a mobile radio testing unit (4) is provided according to the invention, by means of which a mobile radio device contained in the freight (2) can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: NAUTILUS SOFTWAREDESIGN
    Inventor: Michael Böck
  • Patent number: 9291436
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of simulated explosive materials and Threat Screening Kits and simulated IED Circuit Kits including simulated explosive materials. The simulated explosive materials are configured to produce an output signal consistent with the presence of an actual explosive material when scanned in an X-ray scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: DSA DETECTION LLC
    Inventors: Abiy Eshetu, Timothy B. Burton, John D. Howell, Mathew F. Rutter, Timothy James Winnett
  • Patent number: 9200881
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of a firing assembly for activating a cartridge to launch a projection from a disrupter cannon to disable or destroy an explosive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: F. Richard Langner
  • Patent number: 9087317
    Abstract: A nuclear power station component is provided. The nuclear power station includes a metal structure having an external surface; at least one marking placed on the external surface and encoding information related to the component. The marking includes a plurality of luminescent nanoparticles, each provided to emit optical radiation having a certain emission wavelength when said luminescent nanoparticle is excited with optical radiation having a certain emission wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: AREVA
    Inventor: Mehdi Moussavi
  • Patent number: 8976023
    Abstract: This invention provides impact detection and vehicle cooperation to achieve particular goals and determine particular threat levels. For example, an impact/penetration sensing device may be provided on a soldier's clothing such that when this clothing is impacted/penetrated (e.g., penetrated to a particular extent) a medical unit (e.g., a doctor or medical chopper) may be autonomously, and immediately, provided with the soldiers location (e.g., via a GPS device on the soldier) and status (e.g., right lung may be punctured by small-arms fire).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 8851786
    Abstract: A reversible sealing mechanism for sealing a bulkhead having a first central aperture defined along a central axis and disposed between first and second compartments includes a cover member having a recess defined therein by a substantially cylindrical sidewall and adapted to cover the first central aperture. A wedge ring having a generally cylindrical body is accommodated by the first and second central apertures and is configured to operatively engage the cover member. A mechanical input is operative to reversibly rotate the wedge ring about the central axis such that a rotation of the wedge ring in a first direction urges the cover member in the axial direction into a sealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lockhead Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John Snediker, Daniel Skurdal
  • Patent number: 8850885
    Abstract: A water air-bubble fragment recovery test apparatus that facilitates accurate assessment of fragmentation characteristics and lethality that are normally detonated in air. An airtight, waterproof plastic container encloses a test warhead; the plastic container may then also be filled with a gas or just with air. The container is then embedded in a water-gas-bubble mixture found in a water tank, for the warhead to be detonated therein, and the fragments to then be later recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Vladimir M. Gold
  • Patent number: 8738330
    Abstract: A scalable, inert munition data recorder cartridge. This inert cartridge allows users to record data from within a weapon system feed chute, breach, and extractor port. This cartridge is adaptable to any weapon system, packaging unit, environmental chamber, or other ammunition holding and storage device. Although the cartridge is designed to interface with a weapon and ammunition packaging based on its shape, it still functions as designed regardless of its location and application. This would allow the cartridge to be placed anywhere an actual live cartridge of ammunition could be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Daniel DiMartino, Jeffrey Darbig
  • Patent number: 8701560
    Abstract: A timer key relating to monitoring a countdown time of a countdown routine of an electronic device is disclosed. The timer key comprises a processor configured to respond to a countdown time associated with operation of the electronic device, a display operably coupled with the processor, and a housing configured to house at least the processor. The housing has an associated structure configured to engage with the electronic device to share the countdown time between the electronic device and the timer key. The processor is configured to begin a countdown routine based at least in part on the countdown time, wherein the countdown routine is at least substantially synchronized with a countdown routine of the electronic device when the timer key is removed from the electronic device. A system and method for synchronizing countdown routines of a timer key and an electronic device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Reston A. Condit, Michael A. Daniels, Gregory P. Clemens, Eric S. Tomberlin, Joel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8657235
    Abstract: The systems and methods of the invention modulate atmospheric gases to temporarily increase the amount of atmospheric particles in the path of the debris, in order to decelerate the debris and accelerate natural orbital decay to the point of atmospheric re-entry. In one aspect of the invention, clearing the space debris includes propelling a plume of atmospheric gases substantially orthogonal to the path of the debris such that the debris collides with the gaseous plume as it passes through the plume. Increased atmospheric drag from the gaseous particles of the plume in the path of the debris obstructs a forward propagation of the debris and gradually decelerates the debris, leading eventually to atmospheric recapture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Gregory, John-Francis Mergen
  • Patent number: 8651023
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a hermetic covering system includes a projectile and at least one bag. The projectile has a body and a component that houses moisture-sensitive equipment. The at least one bag may be coupled to the body such that the projectile protrudes through the opening and the component is disposed in the inner cavity to protect the component during storage of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: James S. Mason, James S. Wilson, Jonathan Schmidt, Joseph Robson, Angel Crespo, Rafael Quintero
  • Patent number: 8640619
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to use of a polyamide thermal plastic as a potting compound for potting electronic components (ex.—printed circuit boards) of an electronics assembly which is implemented in a munition. Use of the polyamide thermal plastic as a potting compound allows for a gun-hardened electronics assembly. Use of the polyamide thermal plastic as a potting compound also allows for reworkability. For example, during early testing phases of the electronics assembly, the potting material of the present disclosure may be removable (ex.—such as via a hot solvent bath) from the electronics assembly so that the electronics components may be: examined to determine the cause(s) for low yield during testing; and/or fixed, rather than having to rebuild the entire electronics assembly, thereby promoting lower costs of producing the electronics assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Dimke, Marty B. McGregor, Alan P. Boone
  • Patent number: 8640589
    Abstract: A method of modifying a projectile includes removing material from an aft end of the projectile, and coupling a device to the aft end. The method may be used to convert a spin-stabilized projectile into a fin stabilized projectile, by modifying the aft end of a spin-stabilized projectile to accept a fin kit. The modifying may involve removing material with lathe, and may include forming external threads on the aft end that may engage corresponding internal threads on the device, to effect the coupling of the device to the aft end. The modification method allows versatility in employing projectiles, including existing stocks of projectiles. In particular the method allows spin-stabilized projectiles to be converted to more accurate fin-stabilized projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Richard Dryer, Chris E. Geswender
  • Patent number: 8607707
    Abstract: The invention relates to an identifiable bullet and methods for making an identifiable bullet. In one embodiment, the bullet has a generally circumferential body that tapers from a rearward end toward a forward end. A generally circumferential bore extends from an orifice on the forward end into the body at least part of the way between the forward end and the rearward end. The end of the bore opposite the orifice includes a polymeric material support surface. A polymeric material is placed between the polymeric material support surface and the forward end. The polymeric material may include a user identifiable marker for allowing a user to identify the bullet when viewing the forward end. Alternatively, the polymeric material may cover a user identifiable marker and seal the user identifiable marker in the bore. A user may identify the bullet by viewing the marker from the forward end of the bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Harry Arnon, Josef Arnon, Neil Murray
  • Patent number: 8596199
    Abstract: A bearing system for a spin-stabilized projectile including bearing configurations that permit selective relative rotation between a spindle and a body portion and which facilitate automatic centering of the spindle. Each bearing configuration includes a conical bearing surface rotatable with respect to a corresponding conical body surface. One bearing configuration is in a forward portion of the body portion and selectively engages a first body surface upon the projectile experiencing set-back forces to direct forces away from bearing elements, and another bearing configuration is in a rearward portion of the body portion and engages a second body surface upon the projectile experiencing set-forward forces to direct forces away from the bearing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Edwy Buttolph, John Christiana
  • Patent number: 8550002
    Abstract: An arrangement for supporting a mortar shell into a breech-loading weapon barrel (2). The arrangement comprises a support piece (6) provided with an edge flange (7) and to be attached to the tail of the mortar shell (1), whereby the arrangement further comprises a connecting piece (8) between the support piece and the mortar shell tail, which connecting piece is arranged to be attached to the mortar shell and the support piece and thus to attach the support piece with a mechanical joint to the mortar shell tail. In connection with the connecting piece (8), there is a point which is arranged to yield in a firing situation and thus to allow the mortar shell (1) to be detached from the support piece (6); and a firing mechanism (17) for firing the actual primer (10) of the mortar shell. The mechanical joint between the connecting piece (8) and the support piece (6) has been formed by means of cotter attachment (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Patria Land Systems Oy
    Inventor: Kari Reunamäki
  • Patent number: 8549975
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic actuator for an active bonnet is provided that includes, but is not limited to a cylinder, a piston which can be displaced in the cylinder under the influence of a propellant gas and a first gas generator for producing the propellant gas. The actuator includes, but is not limited to at least one further gas generator, which can be ignited independently of the first gas generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joachim Schäfer, Volker Scheuch, Werner Schmidt, Martin Zilg
  • Patent number: 8534177
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a munitions launching system with dynamic shock isolation in which a spring plate skirt having an integral spring arrangement is provided between a munitions frame and a munitions extension, the spring plate skirt defining an opening that provides for the uninterrupted flow of expelled rocket gases, as well as underside access to the munitions frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: William Kalms, Tejbir Arora, John Snediker
  • Patent number: 8479651
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic training system includes a firing block assembly housed in a first container, a pressure-armed trigger module having two triggers housed in a second container, and a power pack/switch system that connects the firing block assembly and triggers. The first and second containers are remote from each other, and may be made from common objects that might be found in combat zones. Quick-release pins inserted through components of the firing block prevents their separation by exploding ordinance within the firing block, maintaining close electrical contacts within the firing block. The pressure-armed triggers employ a mechanical system that energizes an electrical circuit when pressure is released. Such triggers are arranged such that opening or moving the container triggers an explosion at the remote firing block assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Systems
    Inventors: Diana P. Schaeffer, James Leung Mok
  • Patent number: 8468945
    Abstract: A blast treatment method enables easy and safe blast treatment of ammunition having propellant provided with a warhead having a bursting charge and a propulsion unit having a propellant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Koide, Ryusuke Kitamura, Nakaba Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 8430030
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for supporting a shell into the barrel of a breech-loading weapon. The arrangement comprises a support piece (6) that is provided with an edge flange (7) and is to be fastened to a tail of the shell. The support piece further comprises a firing mechanism for firing the actual primer of the shell. The arrangement further comprises a connecting means (8) between the support piece (6) and the shell tail (4), the connecting means being arranged to fasten to the shell and to the support piece (6) and thus to fasten the support piece with a mechanical connection to the shell tail (4). The connecting means (8) comprises at least one shank part (9) having a first end and a second end, the first end of the shank part being arranged to fasten to the connecting means (8) and the second end to the shell tail (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Patria Land Systems Oy
    Inventors: Jussi Kautto, Mauri Kuru, Pekka Niemi, Jukka Tiainen, Samppa Astikainen, Seppo Mahla
  • Patent number: 8430011
    Abstract: A system for disabling or degrading electrically initiated explosive devices includes an apparatus for inducing waveforms of varying power and duration into the leads of a bridgewire based blasting cap, thus raising the resistance to render the blasting cap inoperable without requiring detonation, and for polling or confirming electrical performance and operational status of the blasting cap. An operational methodology for neutralizing an explosive device is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Emerging Science & Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Foley, Wesley S. Estes, Walter Siering
  • Patent number: 8408138
    Abstract: In order to prevent slipping of the liner on an explosive charge in a missile, the invention provides that at least one flaring or cam is fixed in the liner which, when deformed inwards, can hook itself on the explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schwenzer, Ole Dau
  • Patent number: 8395499
    Abstract: This invention provides impact detection and vehicle cooperation to achieve particular goals and determine particular threat levels. For example, an impact/penetration sensing device may be provided on a soldier's clothing such that when this clothing is impacted/penetrated (e.g., penetrated to a particular extent) a medical unit (e.g., a doctor or medical chopper) may be autonomously, and immediately, provided with the soldiers location (e.g., via a GPS device on the soldier) and status (e.g., right lung may be punctured by small-arms fire).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 8387508
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support member for supporting a shell into the barrel of a breech-loading weapon, and a method. The support member (6) comprises means for fastening a support element (8) to at least one fin (5) belonging to the tail end (4) of a shell (1). The means comprise at least one fastening piece (10), which comprises: at least one first fastening surface (14a), which may be arranged substantially parallel with a side of the fin (5), and which fastening piece (10) may be supported to the support element (8); at least one second fastening surface (14b), which second fastening surface (14b) is movably arranged so that the second fastening surface (14b) is movable in relation to the first fastening surface (14a) in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis (L) of the shell (1); and means for pressing the fastening surfaces (14a, 14b) against the sides of the fin (5) arranged between them so as to provide friction locking between the fastening piece (10) and the fin (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Patria Land Systems Oy
    Inventors: Pekka Niemi, Jussi Kautto, Seppo Hakari
  • Patent number: 8336460
    Abstract: A support member and method for supporting a shell into the barrel of a breech-loading weapon. The support member (6) comprises a support element (8) with an rim flange (7), end (16), and edge casing (12), and means for fastening the support element (8) to at least one fin (5) belonging to the tail end (4) of the shell (1). The means for fastening the support element (8) to the tail end (4) of the shell (1) comprise a retainer part (9) arranged to the edge casing (12) and arranged to circle the inner surface (10) of the edge casing essentially level with the plane of the rim flange (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Patria Land Systems Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Tiainen, Jari Grönlund, Kalevi Yli-Paavola
  • Patent number: 8333152
    Abstract: Some embodiments pertain to an example projectile that includes an enclosure and an umbilical interface that is exposed on the enclosure. The projectile further includes an umbilical interface cover attached to the enclosure such that the umbilical interface cover protects the umbilical interface. The umbilical interface cover includes a casing and a sensing system inside the casing. The sensing system monitors conditions that the projectile is exposed to until the umbilical interface cover is removed to expose the umbilical interface. The sensing system allows the umbilical interface cover to record data related to the conditions that the projectile is exposed to until the umbilical interface on the projectile is mated to a launcher's umbilical interface. The recorded data may provide valuable information in diagnosing why there was a projectile mission failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Bruce R. Woollard
  • Patent number: 8297189
    Abstract: The invention relates to so-called fuze damping in projectiles, in particular, those provided with a built-in firing delay. Thus, a projectile (1) is provided having a rear part (1a) and a fuze (2), wherein at least one damping element (7) is inserted between a fuze base (5) and the projectile (1) and/or between a fuze shoulder (6) and a possible threaded ring (4), or similar attachment element. The damping element (7) is in the form of a disc, ring or pot, and is composed of a material with a lower acoustic impedance than the material of the projectile (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hoffmann, Wolfgang Scherge, Mathias Lengnick, Holger Brase, Stefan Kell, Torsten Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 8297161
    Abstract: Flare munition for battlefield illumination is provided that includes: (a) at least one electrical flare body; (b) an electrical energy source connectable with the flare body; and (c) an electrical or electronic control device for connecting the electrical flare body with the source of energy during a specified time interval. The flare munition can be fired from a weapon or can be launched as a bomb and allows safe and simple subsequent recovery of the corresponding flare body because no pyrotechnic flare charge is used. Instead, an electrical flare body is used that emits light in the visible and/or infrared wavelength range depending on its intended purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
    Inventor: Sebastian Münzner
  • Patent number: 8269156
    Abstract: A projectile is guided by employing heat, generated from the aerodynamic heating of a surface of the projectile while the projectile is in flight, to vaporize a material stored within the projectile. The resulting gas is used to guide the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Bergmann, Brian London, Andrew Dineen