Line Carrying Or Filamentary Material Distributing Patents (Class 102/504)
  • Patent number: 10197365
    Abstract: A spin launched unmanned aerial system projectile includes a net means for disabling a selected target. The net means includes deployment mechanism and weights attached thereto which are cast at said target through use of an ejection spring means. Centripetal forces on the still spinning petals/weights open the net means as it is cast at the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Tomasz Blyskal, Richard Fong, LaMar Thompson
  • Patent number: 10107599
    Abstract: A projectile deployment system includes an entangling projectile including a pair of pellets and a tether connecting the pellets. A projectile casing includes a pair of sockets, each socket sized to carry one of the pair of pellets and a selectively activatable pressure source, carried by the projectile casing. The pressure source is capable of expelling the entangling projectile from the projectile casing toward a subject. A launcher carries an activator operable to activate the pressure source to expel the entangling projectile from the projectile casing toward the subject. The projectile casing is removably engageable with the launcher to allow removal of the projectile casing from the launcher after expulsion of the entangling projectile from the projectile casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Wrap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elwood Norris, James Barnes, Julian Groeli, Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 10036615
    Abstract: A projectile deployment system includes an entangling projectile having a pair of pellets and a tether connecting the pellets. A projectile casing includes a pair of sockets, each socket sized to carry one of the pellets, the sockets being oriented at an acute angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the projectile casing such that the pellets travel apart from one another as they are expelled from the projectile casing. A launcher carries the casing and includes a selectively activatable pressure source capable of expelling the entangling projectile from the projectile casing toward a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Wrap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elwood Norris, James Barnes
  • Patent number: 10030943
    Abstract: FIG. 7 shows an air cannon system loaded with a launch canister containing a prop-fouler. A pressure vessel (28) contains an inlet including a poppet valve (100) that, upon command, can be selectively placed in either a one-way flow position to permit charging of the pressure vessel or otherwise opened to trigger rapid discharge through pressure equalization with the ambient environment. The air cannon may include multiple splayed barrels or a single barrel (158). A launch canister (202), realized in the form of a tube, has a driving plate (350) that closes an end of the launch tube. The driving plate is the first point loaded into the barrel. Within the launch canister (202) a first portion of a floating prop-fouling line is stored. The prop-fouling line, such as made from Dyneema®, has at its ends two drogues that, upon entry into the water, fill with water to produce drag resistance to movement of the prop-fouling line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BCB INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Searle, William Mark Hocking, Andrew Rhys Howell, Derek William Taylor
  • Patent number: 9975614
    Abstract: A person-in-the-water rescue and retrieval system includes a net assembly having a pair of laterally spaced apart side ropes and a plurality of net portions, each net portion being constructed of a material that floats, extends laterally between the side ropes, and is spaced apart longitudinally from an adjacent net portion. The system includes a deployment capsule defining an interior space configured to selectively receive the net assembly therein. A launching device includes a framework configured to receive the deployment member. A first compressed air canister is in fluid communication with the launching device and the deployment member and configured to apply force to the deployment member when actuated that is sufficient to propel the deployment member from the launching device. The launching device may be boat mounted or configured as a handheld device such as in the form of a rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Paul C. Minecci
  • Patent number: 9730438
    Abstract: A container apparatus for exposing an article to an external environment, the apparatus including a sidewall with an interior having an inner surface, the sidewall terminating in a first margin and an opposing second margin. The container apparatus also includes a capsule having an outer periphery and an inner void holding the article, the outer periphery is slidably engaged to the sidewall inner surface, the capsule having a split boundary separating the capsule into a plurality of partial capsule elements. The capsule having a closed state with the partial capsule elements being adjacent at the boundary while slidably engaged to the sidewall with the void separated from the environment and the capsule being able to have an open state without the slidable engagement as the partial capsule elements are separated at the boundary with the void open to the environment, thus exposing the article to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Applied Design Corporation, The United States of America, As Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Michael C. Messaros, Grady E. Barfoot, Jonathan C. Fragoso, Peter J. Savarie, William C. Pitt
  • Patent number: 9546855
    Abstract: A line launcher (110) capable of firing a projectile (117) and an attached line (125) up to about 70 meters. It has a barrel (113) large enough for a resilient projectile attached to a line. It has a pre-charge chamber capable of storing a pressurized gas from a pressurized gas cartridge. A trigger mechanism vents the gases in this pre-charge chamber into the barrel to expel the projectile and line. Gas from the pressurized gas cartridge (e.g. a CO2 bulb) is released slowly enough to pressurize the pre-charge chamber but without the cartridge freezing as might occur if the gas was discharged directly from the cartridge into the barrel to directly propel the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: LINE LAUNCHER HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Anthony John Higham, Kurt Laurence Scholz
  • Patent number: 9434458
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which incorporates a projectile delivery launcher which may assume numerous forms and perform numerous functions, including launching a water rescue preservation device such as a life jacket, military supplies, survival supplies, fire extinguishing supplies, or the like. The device includes a unique barrel having a low friction chrome plated inner surface which provides maximum range deployment of a safety projectile. In one embodiment a unique clutch-type crank is mounted below the barrel and houses a thin stainless high strength steel ribbon to provide deployment of a projectile, and retrieval of a victim, supplies or the like. A CO2 cartridge system, which incorporates a novel explosive chamber is also used. In another embodiment a compressed gas tank is connected to the launcher for selective release of the gas to deploy the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: John G. Macri, Peter L. Robbins
  • Patent number: 9074858
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide for the protection of personnel within vehicles and structures from rocket-propelled grenades and other incoming threats. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, a countermeasure system includes an interceptor vehicle configured to stow and launch an expandable countermeasure. The countermeasure may have a flexible body with attached deployment mechanisms that expand the flexible body into the path of an incoming threat to capture the threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dennis Yee, Timothy L. Williams
  • Patent number: 9056661
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which incorporates a projectile delivery launcher which may assume numerous forms and perform numerous functions, including launching a water rescue preservation device such as a life jacket, military supplies, survival supplies, fire extinguishing supplies, or the like. The device includes a unique barrel having a low friction chrome plated inner surface which provides maximum range deployment of a safety projectile. In one embodiment a unique clutch-type crank is mounted below the barrel and houses a thin stainless high strength steel ribbon to provide deployment of a projectile, and retrieval of a victim, supplies or the like. A CO2 cartridge system, which incorporates a novel explosive chamber is also used. In another embodiment a compressed gas tank is connected to the launcher for selective release of the gas to deploy the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: John G. Macri, Peter L. Robbins, Thomas J. Sindle
  • Patent number: 8896982
    Abstract: A deployment unit for an electronic control device (ECD) used as a weapon provides a current from a signal generator of the ECD through tissue of a human or animal target. The deployment unit includes a housing, an interface, a filament, and an electrode. The interface couples the housing to the signal generator. The filament includes a first end coupled to the interface for receiving the current and comprises a second end. The filament conducts the current for inhibiting voluntary movement by the target. The electrode, stored in the housing prior to deployment, mechanically couples the filament to the target when deployed. The electrode includes an assembly of a first part and a second part that after assembly cooperate to bind the second end of the filament to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Beechey, Michael J. Campbell, Mark A. Hanchett
  • Patent number: 8402894
    Abstract: A compressed air launched munition comprises a projectile which after firing forms a multiplicity of elongated ropes held in a tubular configuration by a series of stiff spacers. The stiff spacers retain a rope tube diameter of at least about 8 inches. The ropes and stiff spacers have an essentially neutral specific gravity in water. The projectile is effective in entangling a boat propeller and stopping an uncooperative boat with little damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Matthew T McGuigan
  • Publication number: 20120210904
    Abstract: An interceptor projectile includes a deployable net that deploys during flight and wraps around an incoming projectile, such as a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). The net is initially in a tubular body of the interceptor projectile. Weights are attached to ends of the net with metal cables. A propellant is used to deploy the net from the tubular body and to deploy the weights at acute angles to the longitudinal axis of the interceptor projectile. The weights move radially out from the interceptor projectile, expanding the net outward, and wrapping the net around an incoming projectile. The engagement of the net with the incoming projectile disables the incoming projectile, sending the incoming projectile off course.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Paul A. Merems
  • Patent number: 8205537
    Abstract: An interceptor projectile includes a deployable net that deploys during flight and wraps around an incoming projectile, such as a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). The net is initially in a tubular body of the interceptor projectile. A propellant is used to deploy the net from the body. Even after deployment the net remains attached to the body by an elastic tether. The engagement of the net with the incoming projectile disables the incoming projectile, with the momentum imparted by the interceptor projectile sending the incoming projectile off course. This successfully defends a target against the incoming projectile. Through the tether, substantially all of the parts of the interceptor projectile may be mechanically linked together even after deployment of the net. This mechanical linking provides more momentum for impacting the interceptor projectile, which may facilitate diverting the incoming projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: James H. Dupont
  • Patent number: 8207480
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for launching an effector according to various aspects of the present invention may include a fire control system. The fire control system may be responsive to a sensor, such as a radar, and may be connected to the effector, such as via a launcher. The file control system may be adapted to generate a fire control solution according to the data from the sensor, initiate a launch of the effector, and provide the fire control solution to the effector after initiating the launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David A. Lance, Steven T. Siddens
  • Patent number: 8186276
    Abstract: Embodiments of entrapment systems and apparatuses are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed. In one embodiment, an entrapment apparatus is provided. This entrapment apparatus comprises a casing and a piece of multilayered fabric packed into the casing. The piece of multilayered fabric, when deployed, is configured to wrap around a person having an explosive device and configured to contain packed metal projectiles from an explosion of the explosive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignees: Raytheon Company, Warwick Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Olden, Robert P. Johnson, Charles A. Howland
  • Patent number: 8082849
    Abstract: An electrical power disruption device including a projectile configured to be propelled upwardly from a hand-held launcher and receiving a plurality of electrically conductive streamers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: John Felix Schneider, Christopher Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 7987791
    Abstract: A method of disrupting electrical power transmission including the steps of launching a projectile from a hand-held launcher, ejecting a plurality of electrically conductive members from the projectile, and bridging electrical contacts of power transmission equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: John Felix Schneider, Christopher Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 7950329
    Abstract: A cartridge for launching from an electroshock weapon includes a housing adapted for operative connection with the electroshock weapon and having a chamber functioning as a barrel for a projectile unit. The projectile unit includes a conductive head member and an orderly packed wire assembly of electric wire connected with said head member and preferably in coil form. The head member includes a barbed needle for establishing an electrical connection with a target. The electric wire is connected at one end to the head member and at the other end to the housing whereby the wire is withdrawn from the coil as the projectile unit advances toward said target. The project unit is launched by a percussive cap at a rear end of said chamber ignited by the electroshock weapon. At the target an electrical connection is established through the wire to the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Oleg Nemtyshkin, Yury Ladyagin
  • Patent number: 7882775
    Abstract: An immobilization device and method of restraining vehicles, persons and animals uses tendrils attached to various devices to engage the target. The immobilization device, system and method includes a housing containing launchable tendrils that are launched from the housing by a propellant. The tendrils may be attached to straps or other elements carried by the immobilization device. The tendrils will engage the target and restrain it if it is a vehicle such as a car, truck, boat, submarine, or like vehicle. In stopping a person or animal the tendrils will deliver a marking package, a shocking package or a snare package to mark, shock or snare the target. Straps may be pulled off the housing leaving the housing near the point of deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Engineering Science Analysis Corporation
    Inventors: Martin A. Martinez, Patrick J. Barnhill, Steven A. Floyd
  • Publication number: 20100242776
    Abstract: An electrical power disruption device including a projectile configured to be propelled upwardly from a hand-held launcher and receiving a plurality of electrically conductive streamers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: John Felix Schneider, Christopher Allen Brown
  • Publication number: 20100242775
    Abstract: An electrical power disruption device including a plurality of electrical conductive members received within a chamber in a stored mode and ejected outwardly from the chamber in a streaming mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: John Felix Schneider, Christopher Allen Brown
  • Publication number: 20100242777
    Abstract: A method of disrupting electrical power transmission including the steps of launching a projectile from a hand-held launcher, ejecting a plurality of electrically conductive members from the projectile, and bridging electrical contacts of power transmission equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: John Felix Schneider, Christopher Allen Brown
  • Patent number: 7786417
    Abstract: An article for neutralizing an enemy weapon comprising an interceptor and a deployable net attached to the interceptor, said deployable net remaining attached to the interceptor upon deployment, is disclosed. A method of neutralizing an airborne enemy weapon comprising launching an interceptor, with a capture sock, towards the enemy weapon and deploying the capture sock just prior to the interceptor encountering the enemy weapon is also disclosed. The capture sock remains attached to the interceptor upon deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Dese Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold R. Sells, II
  • Publication number: 20100071678
    Abstract: A projectile is utilized to introduce an item into a conduit which already has a cable therein. The projectile includes a body member having a longitudinal opening therethrough. The body member is longitudinally split so that the cable may be received in the opening. The item is attached to the body member. When the projectile with a portion of the cable received therein is put into a conduit and air under pressure is introduced into the conduit, the projectile is pushed along the cable and if the cable is undulating in the conduit, it is straightened and positioned out of the way of the item being introduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry L. Allen
  • Publication number: 20100011983
    Abstract: A launchable package for establishing anchorage in inaccessible locations. The launchable package contains a clinging component capable of attaching to a target; and a line for connection to the clinging component. Clinging can be achieved by a penetrating nail or by glue. The launchable package can be launched manually or by a launcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Avishai Chalfon, Michael Snir, Rachel Tkacz
  • Patent number: 7623059
    Abstract: A disruptive media dispersal system for aircraft which absorbs and scatters directed energy weapon beams such as tracking lasers and high energy lasers (HELs) is disclosed. The system may include laser detectors, laser beam propagation disruptive media and a dispersal system. When attacked by a directed energy weapon such as a laser, the laser detector system or vehicle operator deploys the disruptive media. The disruptive media is released by a feeder and dispersal system into the air in the path of the tracking and/or HEL weapon. For example, the dispersal system may be located onboard the aircraft near the front of the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: John Frederick Klein
  • Publication number: 20090223404
    Abstract: A warhead including a hit-to-kill vehicle and a hub about the hit-to-kill vehicle including, packaged therein, a net, thrusters for deploying the net, and a plurality of rods held in a spaced relationship by the net for destroying a target when the net is deployed in the vicinity of the target in case the hit-to-kill vehicle misses the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Richard M. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20090084284
    Abstract: An immobilization device and method of restraining vehicles, persons and animals uses tendrils attached to various devices to engage the target. The immobilization device, system and method includes a housing containing launchable tendrils that are launched from the housing by a propellant. The tendrils may be attached to straps or other elements carried by the immobilization device. The tendrils will engage the target and restrain it if it is a vehicle such as a car, truck, boat, submarine, or like vehicle. In stopping a person or animal the tendrils will deliver a marking package, a shocking package or a snare package to mark, shock or snare the target. Straps may be pulled off the housing leaving the housing near the point of deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: Martin A. Martinez, Patrick J. Barnhill
  • Patent number: 7503261
    Abstract: It is proposed to combine the cascade effect of frangible pellets with sub-projectiles made of ductile heavy metal, that is, to produce a munition in which the advantages of for example frangible pellets of a central penetrator are combined with the advantages of the ductile heavy metal in an external penetrator\whereby an improved performance on various targets is achieved along with deeper impact speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Oerlikon Cantraves Pyrotec AG
    Inventor: Jakob Burri
  • Publication number: 20090025597
    Abstract: An ammunition cartridge for an electrical discharge weapon having at least one dart positioned within a dart chamber in the housing. The cartridge has at least one adjustable barrel for selection between close and extended ranges and a joint and port for adjusting pressure in the barrel. In another form the cartridge has two fixed barrels and a retractable deflection ramp for selection between close and extended ranges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: John Kapeles, John A. Hultman
  • Patent number: 7421950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to decoys for heat-seeking missiles and methods of producing and using the same. The decoys are designed to be kinematic or pseudo-kinematic, producing one or more infra-red radiation emitting clouds that give the appearance of a moving infra-red target in the airspace in which the decoy has been released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Dillard, Jason A. Fischer, Rajesh D. Shah, John J. Scanlon, Eric M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7415917
    Abstract: A warhead including a hit-to-kill vehicle and a hub about the hit-to-kill vehicle including, packaged therein, a net and a plurality of rods held in a spaced relationship by the net for destroying a target when the net is deployed in the vicinity of the target in case the hit-to-kill vehicle misses the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Richard M. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 7412916
    Abstract: A method of destroying a target includes positioning a hit-to-kill vehicle in the trajectory path of a target, and deploying a net including a plurality of rods held in a spaced relationship by the net for destroying the target in case the hit-to-kill vehicle misses the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Richard M. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20080148986
    Abstract: A kinetic energy penetrator includes a plurality of penetrator segments, a penetrator segment sleeve for storing the plurality of penetrator segments, and means for moving the plurality of penetrator segments from the penetrator segment sleeve to locations substantially aligned along an axis of attack. A method includes storing a plurality of penetrator segments away from an axis of attack and moving the plurality of penetrator segments to locations substantially aligned along the axis of attack. A vehicle includes a body and a kinetic energy penetrator disposed in a forward portion of the vehicle. The kinetic energy penetrator includes a plurality of penetrator segments, a penetrator segment sleeve for storing the plurality of penetrator segments, and means for moving the plurality of penetrator segments from the penetrator segment sleeve to locations substantially aligned along an axis of attack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Mark A. Turner, William R. Greisser
  • Patent number: 7360489
    Abstract: A non-lethal cargo projectile comprises a projectile body; a fuze adapter attached to a front of the projectile body; a fuze attached to the fuze adapter; a boattail attached to a rear of the projectile body; a pressure tube extending from the fuze adapter to the boattail; a decelerator and drogue chute disposed aft of the fuze adapter; a flexible line that connects the pressure tube to the decelerator; a center disc disposed aft of the decelerator and drogue chute; a rear disc disposed aft of the center disc, the center disc and the rear disc defining a payload volume therebetween; a second flexible line that connects the rear disc to the boattail; at least one shearable fastener that fastens the projectile body to the fuze adapter; and at least one vent extending from the boattail to the fuze adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Seungeuk Han, Raymond Trohanowsky, Andew Ponikowski
  • Patent number: 7310902
    Abstract: A personal safety device (10) includes at least one housing containing a quantity of a marking substance (30), an explosive charge (36), and a triggering apparatus (22) which is operative to detonate the explosive charge (36) to propel the marking substance from the housing (H) to mark the area surrounding the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Janet Elizabeth Williams
  • Patent number: 6854374
    Abstract: A net is made from an explosive resistant material such as KEVLAR and is thrown over an explosive-laden device such that the net helps contain the blast force of the explosive-laden device. The net also has a nozzle that is fluid connected to a fire suppressant agent as well as a high density foam, each of which are discharged through the nozzle once the net is thrown over the explosive-laden device, the fire suppressant agent and the high density foam each helping to minimize the blast force of the explosive-laden device. The net can be thrown manually or can be fired from a gun that uses either pneumatic force or a firing cartridge to propel the net at its target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: O. Alan Breazeale
  • Patent number: 6782829
    Abstract: A non-lethal cargo projectile includes a projectile body; a nose cap attached to a front of the projectile body; a boattail attached to a rear of the projectile body; a fin assembly including a boom attached to the boattail; a parachute assembly disposed in a front of the projectile body; a cable connecting the parachute assembly to the boattail; a fuze disposed in the boattail; a first pair of half cylinders disposed in the projectile body behind the parachute assembly; a first circular disc disposed at a front end of the first pair of half cylinders and a second circular disc disposed at a rear end of the first pair of half cylinders; a second pair of half cylinders disposed in the projectile body in front of the first circular disc enclose the parachute assembly; and a payload disposed in a space defined by the first pair of half cylinders and the first and second circular discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Seungeuk Han, Raymond Trohanowsky, Andrew Ponikowski
  • Patent number: 6626077
    Abstract: An intercept device for flying objects made of a light-weight, packable structure made of a pliable, tear resistant material that can be expanded to a large web-like structure by means of a deployment device, into the path of a flying weapon. To capture, hold and reduce the velocity of intercepted flying objects, activatable resistance bodies are incorporated into uniformly distributed masses that are connected to the perimeter of the web like structure. Contractable sections of the web, made of cable-like structures, connected to perimeter masses, act as drawstrings upon collision with flying object. This causes closure of the web around the flying object as a result of the mass's inertia and added resistance from deployable resistance structures that place tension on drawstring structures of the web. The flying object is subsequently captured within the web, held secure and it's velocity rapidly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Mark David Gilbert
  • Patent number: 6499407
    Abstract: A method of packaging a multiplicity of infrared decoy foils into a canister having an aft end and a drive screw extending therein. The present method allows for the controlled dispensing and dispersal of the decoy foils from within the canister and comprises the initial step of assembling the decoy foils into at least one stack. The stack is advanced into the canister, with a preload being applied to at least a portion of the stack through the use of at least one separator plate cooperatively engaged to the drive screw. The preload applied to the decoy foils is of a force greater than or equal to that required to dispense the decoy foils from the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Meggitt Defense Systems
    Inventor: Roger D. Brum
  • Patent number: 6487951
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for firing a projectile in which one part of the projectile rotates and the other part of the projectile does not rotate where is it used for delivering a line. The projectile firing apparatus includes a projectile having a part that rotates and a part that does not rotate, and further a barrel with a bore having spiraled grooves and at least two channels for the nonrotating part of the projectile to travel through when the projectile is fired. A line dragging system is mounted on the front of the barrel and engages to the nonrotating part of the projectile. The line dragging system is made of a wire frame including a cylindrical portion, engaging members, frame sides, and engaging locks. Upon firing the projectile, the rotating part moves through the bore of the barrel while the nonrotating part moves through the channels of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Bankware, Ltd.
    Inventor: Latchezar Lazarov Petkantchin
  • Publication number: 20020124761
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for launching a charge or projectile (40), characterized in that it comprises:
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Guy Valembois, Marc Pignol
  • Patent number: 6295911
    Abstract: A break line launch energy damper and recoil limiting system for line charges absorbs and dissipates launch energy over time during deployment of line charges. This system limits the amount of recoil energy that can act upon the line charge and allows for linear deployment without recoil that might hinder the effectiveness of the rear lengths of the line charge. An elongate strength member connects the line charge to an inertial drag, such as a parachute and/or container for the line charge. A plurality of lines having different tensile strengths are appropriately connected to sequentially part when their tensile strengths are exceeded to thereby absorb and dissipate energy during deployment of the line charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert Woodall, Felipe Garcia, Gilberto Irizarry
  • Patent number: 6244261
    Abstract: A hand-held apparatus for projecting a line across an intermediate span includes a launching tube having one end connected to a source of propellant gas energy for launching a projectile, the other end forming an open muzzle adapted to receive and fire a line deploying projectile. The projectile is releasably attached to one end of the line attached to a source of line connected to the launch tube and containing a supply of line to be payed out during the flight of the projectile. An axially-mounted laser sighting device connected to the launch tube for sighting the tube in on a remote target for the projectile is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: David A. West, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6223659
    Abstract: A line storage device prevents a line from becoming entangled. A channel formed in a piece of material defines a non-overlapping zigzag pattern. The line is laid in the channel and extends from opposing ends of the piece of material. The material supports the line in the channel until the line attains a threshold tension at which point the piece ruptures sequentially along the zigzag pattern from each opposing end. The channel can be formed in or on one or more surfaces of the piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Felipe Garcia, Robert Woodall, Gilberto Irizarry
  • Patent number: 5996504
    Abstract: The present invention provides a viable, practical and useful alternative to conventional metal barbed wire that is both portable and easily deployed and has a long storage shelf life. This alternative is a cost effective alternative to metal barbed wire that is reusable, recyclable and unaffected by climactic conditions. There present invention also provides a means for rapid deployment of a permanent or temporary barrier for situations as varied as repairing a breach in a fenced enclosure or providing a no-cross zone in event of civil disturbance. This means is a self-deploying storage canister for the plastic barbed wire which uses a explosive charge for deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Samuel R. Lowery
  • Patent number: 5898125
    Abstract: A ballistically deployed restraining net system including a cartridge receivable within a barrel, the cartridge having a base and an opposing open end. There is a restraining net packaged in the cartridge and a set of weights attached to the restraining net and packaged within the cartridge between the base of the cartridge and the restraining net. A deployment charge ejects the restraining net and the set of weights out of the barrel and out of the cartridge and a spreader charge deploys the weights after the net and the set of weight exit the cartridge so that the weights overtake the net in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnis Mangolds, Michael David Farinella, Daniel Rene Deguire, Robert Lee Cardenas
  • Patent number: 5814753
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a device with nonlethal interference active bodies for combating aircraft, which violate or do not heed flight bans, etc., and can be forced to land due to vibrations and interferences in the air current on the aerodynamic surfaces. A series of embodiments are described and depicted in the figures of the drawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Rieger
  • Patent number: H2039
    Abstract: System for clearing both light and heavy obstacles, in which one or more flying metal plates are propelled against heavy obstacles by explosive forces which also expand a folded continous rod member into a curvilinear, generally annular configuration that cuts through light obstacles such as concertina wire in the process of unfolding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William H. Holt, Alexander G. Rozner, Bernard P. Howder