Practice Patents (Class 102/395)
  • Patent number: 9784543
    Abstract: A weapon system including a weapon, and methods of manufacturing and operating the same. In one embodiment, the weapon includes a guidance section in a front section of the weapon, and a signal cartridge assembly behind the front section and including a signal cartridge configured to provide a signal indicating a location of impact for the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Lone Star IP Holdings, LP
    Inventors: Steven D. Roemerman, John P. Volpi
  • Patent number: 9746297
    Abstract: This invention relates to a non-lethal projectile to be fired using a paintball gun, and more particularly, but not exclusively, to an aerodynamic non-lethal projectile which is used for marking, inhibiting or administering medicinal or other chemical substances to live targets. According to a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a projectile comprising a body shaped to receive a capsule containing a substance, the body having a stabilizing member connected thereto for stabilizing the projectile in flight when the projectile is discharged from a weapon, and an annular member connected to the stabilising member at a rear end of the projectile for positioning the projectile relative to the weapon and relative to other projectiles to be discharged by the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Andre Johann Buys
  • Patent number: 9254897
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a hydrodynamic appendage for a ship, the method including the steps of: forming two metal half-shells having outside surfaces that form the flanks of a hydrodynamically-active portion of the appendage; forming a metal head including a mechanism for securing the appendage to the ship; and assembling together the half-shells and the head so that the head is sandwiched between the top ends of the two half-shells and closes a top portion of an internal volume defined by the half-shells. The half-shells are welded to the head so as to make the internal volume watertight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SAFRAN
    Inventors: Sandra Andrieu, Jean-Michel De Monicault
  • Patent number: 9068803
    Abstract: A weapon system including a weapon, and methods of manufacturing and operating the same. In one embodiment, the weapon includes a guidance section in a front section of the weapon, and a signal cartridge assembly behind the front section and including a signal cartridge configured to provide a signal indicating a location of impact for the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Lone Star IP Holdings, LP
    Inventors: Steven D. Roemerman, John P. Volpi
  • Patent number: 8297165
    Abstract: Apparatuses, vehicles, and methods to reduce loads applied to a store when the store is launched from the vehicle are disclosed. A particular apparatus includes a launch chamber and a flap. The launch chamber has a first portion configured to receive a store. A second portion is configured to be positioned over an opening in a hull of a vehicle. The chamber has a forward end and an aft end. The flap is positioned a distance from the aft end of the launch chamber. The flap has a first end rotatably mounted proximate to the first portion of the launch chamber and has a second end extending toward the second portion of the launch chamber. The flap is configured to rotate about the first end when the store impacts the flap due to the forces applied to the store by the fluid when the store is launched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matt H. Travis
  • Patent number: 7905169
    Abstract: Stores launch tubes and vehicles equipped with stores launch tubes are disclosed. According to a particular illustrative example, a stores launch tube includes a tube member and a flexible seal. The flexible seal couples an exterior of the tube member to a hull. The flexible seal acts as a pressure barrier against an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matt H. Travis
  • Patent number: 7597038
    Abstract: An exemplary stores launch tube includes an outer tube and an inner tube. The inner tube is disposed interior the outer tube and is configured to reduce load as a store exits therefrom. The inner tube may be made of a flexible material. At least one load-reducing device may be disposed between the inner tube and the outer tube. The inner tube may be received within a canister that has an outer casing that is attachable to the outer tube. Alternately, the inner tube may be attached directly to the outer tube. The inner tube may include more than one tube section. If desired, filler material, such as foam, may be disposed between the inner tube and the outer tube. The outer tube may have a substantially circular cross-section, or an oval cross-section, or any cross-section as desired to accommodate structural considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matt H. Travis
  • Publication number: 20020056395
    Abstract: A body for inert aerial bombs is a single piece of cast iron, without the need for additional heat treatment. The single piece of cast iron has an internal cavity which does not require filling with any material. Internally, the body has protuberances (15) for a balance of the masses along the axis of rotation of the bomb and for receiving the functional components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventor: Antonio Gatti
  • Patent number: 6209461
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a non-lethal projectile. The projectile (1) comprises a longitudinal body (5) having internally a longitudinal striker (55) suitable for perforating a container (47) of fluid under pressure in controlled manner, in particular by impact of the projectile (1) on a target. The striker (55) has an internal passage (59) opening to the outside of the body (5) via channels (60) made through a rigid wall (35) secured to the body (5) such that the outlet offered to the fluid under pressure remains disengaged even if the impact is accompanied by the deformation of the container (47). The fluid contained in the container (47) can thus escape and spread over the target even in such a case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Etienne Lacroix Tous Artifices S.A.
    Inventors: RĂ©gis Riffet, Walter Simonella, Guy Valembois
  • Patent number: 6155174
    Abstract: The invention relates to the technical field of exercise munitions and more particularly to the color marker compositions for such munitions.The marker composition according to the invention comprises at least one container (12) holding a marker composition (14) and a dispersive explosive charge (16). It is characterized in that the container (12) is substantially cylindrical, the dispersive explosive charge (16) being situated at the level of the container axis and in that the marker composition comprises at least one pigment in the form a solid, coloring powder dispersed in water, the powder being combined with a water-soluble binder and with a rheological component which is also water-soluble and which is intended to agglomerate the pigments and to increase the composition's viscosity, the composition further including an antifreeze agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Giat Industries
    Inventors: Ghislain Hervieu, Jean-Pierre Le Pezennec, Henri Thepin
  • Patent number: 6123289
    Abstract: An aerodynamic device, such as a projectile includes an elongated forebody, and an aft section secured to the forebody. The aft section acts as a d control device, and includes a connecting member that extends integrally in a conically shaped flared section, for generating a lift force to help stabilize the projectile during forward flight. The aft section further includes a flange that extends from the flared section, and that provides velocity decay and optimal drag, in order to limit the projectile flight and descent within a predetermined safety or emergency range. The flared section is defined between an innermost edge positioned adjacent to the connecting member, and an outermost edge positioned adjacent to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Leon Manole, William Rice, Stewart Gilman, John Dineen, Frank Renner, Mark Young, Anthony Farina
  • Patent number: 5817970
    Abstract: A projectile, particularly for nonlethal active components. The projectile has a disintegratable shell with pyrotechnic means. The projectile has two or more shell layers made of explosive foil, each alternating with another shell layer made of supportive foil material, between a radially outer shell layer made of supportive foil material and a radially inner protective shell. The different layers made of explosive foil can be ignited sequentially when viewed radially from the outside to the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG
    Inventor: Johannes Feierlein
  • Patent number: 5739462
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic device includes a launcher for launching and igniting a plurality of pyrotechnic stars for creating an aerial fireworks display. The launcher comprises a launching tube having an igniter that ignites the pyrotechnic stars as they are being expelled from the launching tube under the force of pressurized air. The igniter may comprise a section of the launching tube having a locally reduced diameter so that the pyrotechnic star frictionally engages it during launch, causing a striker composition on the interior of the launching tube to ignite a prime composition on the exterior surface of the pyrotechnic star. Alternatively, the igniter may comprise a flame within the launching tube to ignite the prime composition on the star. Various feeding mechanisms are provided to rapidly feed a large number of pyrotechnic stars for launching from the launching tube. The launcher utilizes pressurized air to launch the pyrotechnic stars and, thus, minimizes adverse environmental impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Kyle W. Poor, John W. Sogge
  • Patent number: 5463958
    Abstract: A Mortar adapter intended to be received in the barrel of a mortar. The adapter includes a projectile firing tube and a breech region (2), wherein the projectile firing tube is intended to accommodate a practice projectile of smaller caliber than the caliber of the mortar barrel. The projectile is brought to a firing and locked state automatically as the projectile is inserted into the mortar adapter. There is provided a safety facility, which includes a breech block (7, 9) which is intended to be inserted into the adapter through the agency of a guide means (4, 5) which extends transversely to the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical breech (2) and when fully inserted forms the bottom of the breech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Karl-Axel Roheim
  • Patent number: 5216198
    Abstract: An exercise mine has a ballast portion, a generally barrel-shaped body constituted by a single piece molded about the ballast portion and a plurality of U-shaped metal fitting members having terminal portions that form resilient tabs which project outside the periphery of the body. The fitting members are secured together in groups to permit, along with the single molded body, the mine to be readily formed from just a few parts while ensuring the mechanical strength and durability of the mine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Giat Industries (S.A.)
    Inventor: Pascal Bourgin
  • Patent number: 5129325
    Abstract: There is proposed an ejector device (6) for grenade projector or mortar projectiles (1), which permits simulation of mortar firing even in halls or very limited areas. It is known that blank cartridges (17) for rifles, pistols or bolt firing devices have only a slight degree of scatter in terms of gas pressure. Therefore the ejection speed of a piston (13) which is inserted into the ejector device (6) and which is driven by the powder propellent gases of the blank cartridge (17) is always the same. In that way it is always possible to achieve the same firing ranges of only a few meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke Oberndorf GmbH
    Inventor: Erich Matzagg
  • Patent number: 5090326
    Abstract: A lightweight training bomblet provided with a housing made of cardboard or plastic. Such training bomblet should be easily assembled and be able to withstand the high acceleration forces generated during transport into a target area. To prevent undue deformations of the bomblet housings made, for example, of cardboard, during air transport and the resulting premature ignition during ejection from a carrier projectile, both cardboard or plastic housing covers are connected with one another by means of a pre-tensioned connecting arrangement and their abutment faces are pressed against the end faces of a tubular housing shell, with the abutment faces of the housing covers possibly additionally containing a holding and sealing arrangement which is pressed into or against the end faces of the housing shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Rheinmetall GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst-Wilhelm Altenau, Ulf Hahn, Siegmar Fischer, Margret Palten
  • Patent number: 5074218
    Abstract: A grenade with dual fuses for simulating small arms fire comprises: a hollow cylindrical housing including a first threaded end and a second open end; a main filler charge being located within the housing proper; means for covering the end of the main filler charge which is adjacent the housing open end; means being compressively connected to the housing open end for securing the main filler charge within the housing; a main igniting fuse being fitted onto the housing threaded end; a cup shaped member being located inside the housing in between the main igniting fuse and the main filter charge; a propelling charge being located in between the cup shaped member, the housing threaded end, and the main igniting fuse; a first straight fuse being responsive to the main igniting fuse and being located in between the main igniting fuse and the main filler charge; a second L-shaped fuse being responsive to the main igniting fuse and being located in between the main igniting fuse, the propelling charge, and the cup s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventor: Joseph Castro
  • Patent number: 4620484
    Abstract: A practice bomb comprised of a hollow two piece plastic shell having lug assemblies therein which aid in retaining the shell halves together notwithstanding the large stresses and strains placed on the bomb during its flight and launching and also releasably suspend the bomb during the transportation of the bomb to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: Polyzive
    Inventor: Zvi Livne
  • Patent number: 4526105
    Abstract: A firing mechanism for projectiles comprises a housing (42) having a bore (50) in which a firing pin (54) is slidably mounted under the influence of a spring (70). Leaf springs (72) formed in the housing wall hold the firing pin in a safety position until released by movement of a slider (82) caused by aerodynamic drag forces acting on deployable fins (96) or a parachute (92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: Thomas W. Herren, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4408537
    Abstract: A practice bomb designed to train air crews for use of laser-guided bombs. The practice bomb has an approximately similar ballistic coefficient to that of a laser-guided bomb. A laser seeker is fixed to the body of the practice bomb within its nose section. The laser seeker has means to provide an internal signal upon target acquisition. A smoke cartridge is secured in the practice bomb to release a smoke producing chemical to the atmosphere when activated, and appropriate means are associated with the laser seeker and smoke cartridge to activate the smoke cartridge upon receipt of the internal signal from the laser seeker. Such device provides a low-cost trainer which can be used to develop some of the skills required from air crews for delivery of laser-guided bombs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence
    Inventor: Michel Fortier