Aircraft Patents (Class 114/261)
  • Patent number: 10414516
    Abstract: A landing device for landing an aircraft thereon. The landing device comprises a first group of supporting elements arranged next to each other in a first direction, each supporting element configured to support a portion of a body or a portion of a wing of the aircraft. Each supporting element is further configured to bow when loaded by the mass of the body portion or the wing portion supported by the respective supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Closs, Klaus Kittmann
  • Patent number: 10285508
    Abstract: A sleep system comprises an air posturizing module having a case, the case comprising a first case section extending medially along a length of the case to define a movable first section, a second case section adjacent to the first case section and extending along a length of the case to define a movable second section, a third case section defining a third posturing section, a fourth case section extending medially along a length of the case to define a movable third section, and a fifth case section extending medially along a length of the case to define a movable fourth section. One or more first air chambers are carried in the first, third and fourth case sections to provide a first sleep area, and one or more second air chambers are carried in the second, third, and fifth module sections to provide a second sleep area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Rose, Wade Daniel Palashewski
  • Patent number: 10253475
    Abstract: A construction device for an offshore wind turbine foundation with piling performed later. The construction device comprises an offshore wind turbine foundation (1), a pile casing (2) and a sleeve (3). The pile casing (2) is used for the installation of a steel pile (4) and arranged at the bottom of the offshore wind turbine foundation (1). The lower end of the sleeve (3) is detachably connected with the upper end of the pile casing (2). A construction method for an offshore wind turbine foundation with piling performed later is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Ming Yang Smart Energy Group., Ltd., Zhejiang Hua Yun Offshore Engineering & Technology Service Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronghua Zhu, Zhenya Tian
  • Patent number: 10252819
    Abstract: A rocket landing stabilization system can include one or more upright support structures such as posts, columns, or walls, from which one or more stabilizing elements can be supported. The stabilizing elements can be used to stabilize a rocket as it lands at a landing site. The rocket landing stabilization system can also include a cradle, funnel, or cone to catch or otherwise support a rocket as it lands at the landing site. The rocket landing stabilization system can be located on land or at sea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: N. Eric Knudsen, Matthew Niels Knudsen, Andrew Niels Knudsen, Jacob Niels Knudsen
  • Patent number: 10179645
    Abstract: A surface travel system for military aircraft is provided that enables efficient, quiet, and safe ground operations of one or more aircraft in a wide range of military missions and operations. The surface travel system includes controllable onboard drive means that effectively drives one or more of the aircraft's wheels to move the aircraft autonomously, efficiently, quietly, and safely on any travel surface required for a military mission. The present invention allows the rapid safe deployment of multiple aircraft from tight spaces and enhances the readiness and availability of aircraft for a wide range of military operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Isaiah W. Cox, Joseph J. Cox, Joseph Goldman, Rodney T. Cox
  • Patent number: 10157545
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for flight guidance of an aircraft or other aerial vehicle using one or more lenticular arrays. An aircraft control application may be employed to determine whether a location of an aircraft is within a predefined distance of a lenticular array that defines an optimal flight corridor. If the aircraft is at a location within the predefined distance, the aircraft control application may attempt to visually locate the lenticular array using an imaging device. A position of the aircraft relative to the optimal flight corridor may be determined based at least in part on a visual identifier identified in a digital image of the lenticular array. A flight of the aircraft may be controlled to follow a flight path falling within the optimal flight corridor based at least in part on the visual identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Terry Baker
  • Patent number: 10137998
    Abstract: The invention is a watercraft to aircraft refueling system (“WARS”). A WARS is a refueling system based from a watercraft, such as a surface ship or submarine. A WARS would typically include an elevation apparatus to lift a refueling hose above the water. The elevation apparatus can compose a lifting or swiveling mechanism. In some embodiments both a lifting and swiveling mechanism is used. The WARS lifts the refueling hose above the water, allowing an aircraft to engage with the WARS. The refueling hose may also include a telescoping mechanism or a rotor apparatus or a pressurized water nozzle system to elevate the refueling hose and assist in engaging a WARS with an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Konstantinos Margetis
  • Patent number: 10093433
    Abstract: A rocket landing stabilization system can include one or more upright support structures such as posts, columns, or walls, from which one or more stabilizing elements can be supported. The stabilizing elements can be used to stabilize a rocket as it lands at a landing site. The rocket landing stabilization system can also include a cradle, funnel, or cone to catch or otherwise support a rocket as it lands at the landing site. The rocket landing stabilization system can be located on land or at sea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: N. Eric Knudsen, Matthew Niels Knudsen, Andrew Niels Knudsen, Jacob Niels Knudsen
  • Patent number: 10093396
    Abstract: A platform (1) for the landing of an aircraft on a boat (B), comprising at least one lower base (2) fixed on the boat (B), and at least one upper base (21), fixed on an aircraft landing footboard (3), wherein a plurality of first curved tubular sections (4), parallel one to each other, are welded inside the frame of the lower base (2), while a plurality of second curved tubular sections (5), parallel one to each other and placed orthogonally with respect to said first tubular sections (4), are welded inside the frame of the upper base (21); said tubular sections (4, 5) are bounded together by means of sliding shaped structures, which are driven through actuating and control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Giovanni Besenzoni, Gabriele Besenzoni
  • Patent number: 10070747
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure are related systems and methods for lead-ins for anti-fatigue floor mats. More particularly, embodiments disclose lead-ins with tapered ends with variable heights that transition from a floor level to a mat surface level to enable drop stitch-mats to be used in residential and commercial areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Let's Gel Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. McMahan
  • Patent number: 10046611
    Abstract: A mechanical connecting link for tow straps and pintle hitches configured to quickly and easily disassemble even during complex pulling scenarios. The mechanical connecting link also is configured to retain its structural integrity even during heavy loads. The mechanical connecting link has at least two modular “wide body” connector components on which looped tow straps may engage. The modular “wide body” connector component configured to keep the bend radius of any engaged tow strap large enough to prevent abrasion and to resist damage to the tow strap loop during pulling scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Kennith Fincher
  • Patent number: 10047489
    Abstract: An oil containment system aboard a vessel includes a pneumatic system to provide power to a winch and reel assembly containing boom whereby the pneumatic supply is capable of simultaneously powering the winch-reel assembly for boom deployment through inflatable gas fed to a pneumatic motor while also inflating the boom. The inflation of the boom is accomplished by diverting, all or any portion thereof, the inflatable gas from a pneumatic supply through a hose that runs concurrently on the outside of the boom. The pneumatic supply originates from a single pneumatic system powering both the winch and reel assembly as well as associated brake and feeding inflatable gas pressure to the inflation hose running concurrently with the boom. The system can be utilized to confine a discharge of a floating material such as hydrocarbons floating on the surface from a vessel or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Michael T. D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10035576
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a flex connection for high altitude balloon applications. During operation flex connection allows a payload of a high-altitude balloon to remain level when an envelope of the balloon is tilted, in order to change the direction of the balloon. As an example, a system may include a balloon envelope, a payload, a cable between the balloon envelope and the payload, and a flex connection on the cable. The flex connection enables the payload to remain level relative to the ground when the balloon is in flight and the balloon envelope is tilted relative to the payload. The flex connection includes a top portion, a plurality of discs, and a bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Brookes, John Cromie, Raymond Louis Gradwohl
  • Patent number: 10000372
    Abstract: An overflow prevention dispensing container comprising a portable container having at least one handle means, a nozzle, at least one air vent, at least one liquid fill aperture, and fill aperture cover; a dispensing handle having a valve mechanism; and at least one release; an automatic shutoff sensing means for sensing the level of fluid in a receiving tank and stopping the flow of liquid into the receiving tank when it is full, whereby the container is placed in a position to dispense liquid to the receiving tank, the operator activates the dispensing handle allowing liquid to freely flow into the receiving tank until the apparatus senses the level of the liquid in the receiving tank to be desired level at which time the flow will automatically be stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Michael D Gregory
  • Patent number: 9957017
    Abstract: The present invention relates broadly to a floating structure and more particular to a floating structure formed by a plurality of modular floating units, a method for forming a floating structure, and a method for stabilising a plurality of modular floating units lined abreast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Hsin Chi Su
  • Patent number: 9939819
    Abstract: Disclosed is an autonomous landing system for landing a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The autonomous landing system may include a flight control system having radar sensors, altimeters, and/or velocity sensors. The flight control system can include a processor to provide pitch, roll, and yaw commands to the VTOL aircraft based at least in part on data from the radar sensors, the altimeters, and/or the velocity sensors. The flight control system can be used to navigate and land the VTOL aircraft on a movable object, such as a ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Auror Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Lim
  • Patent number: 9809320
    Abstract: The invention is a watercraft to aircraft refueling system (“WARS”). A WARS is a refueling system based from a watercraft, such as a surface ship or submarine. A WARS would typically include an elevation apparatus to lift a refueling hose above the water. The elevation apparatus can compose a lifting or swiveling mechanism. In some embodiments both a lifting and swiveling mechanism is used. The WARS lifts the refueling hose above the water, allowing an aircraft to engage with the WARS. The refueling hose may also include a telescoping mechanism or a rotor apparatus or a pressurized water nozzle system to elevate the refueling hose and assist in engaging a WARS with an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Konstantinos Margetis
  • Patent number: 9459119
    Abstract: An aircraft guidance system includes a reviewing and video synchronization device connected to a display panel. The display panel receives and displays guidance status of an aircraft. The reviewing and video synchronization device includes an operator panel, a video recording unit and a built-in recording unit. The operator panel includes a display screen and a plurality of keys. The display screen and the display panel synchronizedly display information. The video recording unit records the information displayed on the display screen. The built-in recording unit records the scanning signals and time stamps received by the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Unibase Information Corp.
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9443437
    Abstract: A procedure and system are provided for automatically landing an aircraft, particularly an unmanned aircraft on a moving, particularly floating landing platform, for example, on an aircraft carrier, the aircraft being equipped with an automatic navigation device and an automatic landing control device. The procedure includes detecting the position of an intended landing spot, detecting motion data of the landing platform, determining at least one imminent point in time at which the landing spot takes up a reference position, transmitting the point in time and the reference position of the landing spot to the landing control device of the aircraft, and controlling the aircraft such that it reaches the landing spot at the point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Hiebl
  • Patent number: 9051704
    Abstract: A cold water piping system including a floating platform having horizontal and vertical surfaces, the platform including a moon pool generally in the middle of the horizontal surface in the form of a vertical cylinder with four recesses having a rectangular shape, an articulating interface suspended directly from the platform, the interface including a tubular shape made of fabric and a bellows assembly disposed at a bottom portion thereof. The system also includes at least two suspension cable assemblies secured to the platform, where the at least two suspension cables cross the moon pool, vertically mounted modular elements, where ends of the suspension cable assemblies are fastened to a top modular element at four diametrically opposed points, and a strainer having sea water intakes including a counterweight connected to the lowest modular element. The system also includes winches disposed on the horizontal surface of the platform and deployment cables connected to the strainer and winches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Gateff, Georges Mougin
  • Publication number: 20140283728
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a take-off and landing system for carrier aircraft, which comprises a takeoff device and a landing device; said takeoff device is a bow side launch deck which is located at the front part of the aircraft carrier and extends from a track groove provided with a track guider; said landing device is a stern side rear bridge which is located at the rear part of the aircraft carrier and extends from a treadmill belt-type runway. The invention also discloses a take-off and landing method corresponding to the take-off and landing system. The take-off and landing system and the method thereof enhances advantages and avoids weaknesses with regard to the existing take-off technologies, reduces the difficulty and risk in the existing landing technology. The present invention is suitable for the take-off and landing of all kinds of carrier aircrafts and also makes a design to build a “pocket-sized aircraft carrier” become possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Lifeng Wang
  • Patent number: 8678321
    Abstract: Launch vehicle systems and methods for landing and recovering a booster stage and/or other portions thereof on a platform at sea or on another body of water are disclosed. In one embodiment, a reusable space launch vehicle is launched from a coastal launch site in a trajectory over water. After booster engine cutoff and upper stage separation, the booster stage reenters the earth's atmosphere in a tail-first orientation. The booster engines are then restarted and the booster stage performs a vertical powered landing on the deck of a pre-positioned sea-going platform. In one embodiment, bidirectional aerodynamic control surfaces control the trajectory of the booster stage as it glides through the earth's atmosphere toward the sea-going platform. The sea-going platform can broadcast its real-time position to the booster stage so that the booster stage can compensate for errors in the position of the sea-going platform due to current drift and/or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Blue Origin, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Gary Lai, Sean R. Findlay
  • Patent number: 8608107
    Abstract: A system for automatic or auto pilot controlled landing of air vehicle (2) with an undercarriage (10) with a substantially plane lower side, at a stationary or mobile landing place is described. The system is primarily characterized in that the landing plate is settable after two axes in roll and pitch, by a set mean controlled in relationship to the air vehicle and the horizontal plane. The air vehicle (2) and the landing plate (3) are provided with transmitter and receiver which define and communicate the mutual distance and the relative angles between the landing plate (3) and the undercarriage (10). Said set means is arranged to set said two axes such that the landing plate (3) will be substantially parallel to the lower side of the undercarriage (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Cybaero AB
    Inventors: Johan Märtensson, Torbjörn Segerström, Magnus Magnus, Andreas Gising
  • Patent number: 8544405
    Abstract: The density of “ready for take-off” aircraft on a flight deck of a ship is increased by orienting the aircraft at orientation angles between 20° and 180° from dead ahead. Preferred ships are modified from, or utilize a design derived from an existing ship, especially a large containership or other commercial ship. One or more payload staging decks can be advantageously located under the flight deck. All suitable types of aircraft are contemplated, including especially helicopters, tilt-rotors, and other rotorcraft. In preferred embodiments at least three, five, or ten aircraft are vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Also in preferred embodiments, at least five of the first plurality of the aircraft are capable of carrying a payload greater than 20,000 pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Abe Karem
  • Publication number: 20130133563
    Abstract: An offshore marine port including a plurality of individual modules of the same dimensions and alike size and shape, being attached to form a singular large platform and having apparatus either fixed or mobile, robotic or manned, pertaining to the handling and efficient movement of bulk; break bulk; liquids or cargo containers while being off-loaded or on-loaded to either bulk or break bulk vessels or barges; liquids vessels or barges; or cargo container vessels or barges. The ‘modules’ are constructed in a way as to most effectively provide for the movement of bulk; break bulk; liquids or cargo containers while transiting through the intended structure. The mono semi-submersible sections of each module, serves to allow for more usable arrears for below main deck operations, while still providing for ample research and development spaces and supporting laboratories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan Vincent Kroecker
  • Publication number: 20130000539
    Abstract: A portable aircraft landing system comprises an inflatable mat provided with gas outlets, in cooperation with inflation apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Amit Wolff, Lior Zivan, Guy Dekel
  • Patent number: 8276535
    Abstract: The density of “ready for take-off” aircraft on a flight deck of a ship is increased by orienting the aircraft at orientation angles between 20° and 180° from dead ahead. Preferred ships are modified from, or utilize a design derived from an existing ship, especially a large containership or other commercial ship. One or more payload staging decks can be advantageously located under the flight deck. All suitable types of aircraft are contemplated, including especially helicopters, tilt-rotors, and other rotorcraft. In preferred embodiments at least three, five, or ten aircraft are vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Also in preferred embodiments, at least five of the first plurality of the aircraft are capable of carrying a payload greater than 20,000 pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Abe Karem
  • Publication number: 20120132122
    Abstract: An offshore depot having a vertically symmetric hull, an upper inwardly-tapered wall and a lower outwardly-tapered wall that produce significant heave damping in response to heavy wave action. Ballast is added to the lower and outermost portions of the hull to lower the center of gravity below the center of buoyancy. The offshore depot includes a tunnel formed within or through the hull at the waterline that provides a sheltered area inside the hull for safe and easy launching/docking of boats and embarkation/debarkation of personnel. When the watertight tunnel doors are all shut, the tunnel may be drained to create a dry dock environment within the hull. The offshore depot includes berthing and dinning accommodations, medical facilities, workshops, machine shops, a heliport, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: NICOLAAS J. VANDENWORM
  • Patent number: 8152100
    Abstract: An amphibious aircraft trailer includes a frame supported on a wheel/suspension bearing axle for movements over a roadway surface. Incorporated into the trailer is a cradle configured to engage a hull of the amphibious aircraft when it is loaded and unloaded in water conditions. A lift mechanism interposed between and coupled to the frame and the cradle is operable to displace the cradle vertically with respect to the frame such that landing gear associated with the amphibious aircraft can be extended or retracted while on the trailer. The trailer may also include a plurality of wheel tracks aligned with the landing gear to facilitate the aircraft's loading and unloading in its ground based mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: ICON Aircraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Nicholas, Kirk Hawkins, Matthew Gionta
  • Publication number: 20120024214
    Abstract: A carrier frame on a vessel for local water motion includes a carrier frame (2); an actuator system (4, 5, 6) adapted for translating the carrier frame (2) along a z-axis and rotating the carrier frame around an x-axis and an y-axis; a sensor system (8) for sensing z-axis translational movement and x-axis and y-axis rotational movements of the vessel; and a control system (9) generating control signals for driving the actuator system in response to the sensor signals. The actuator system includes at least three cylinder-piston-units each having a longitudinal axis (14), which longitudinal axes are mutually parallel in a rest position. Each cylinder-piston unit has an upper support (15) for supporting the carrier frame on said cylinder-piston-unit and a lower support (16) for supporting the cylinder-piston-unit on a base. The upper support and/or lower support allows for rotational movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: BARGE MASTER IP B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Martijn Koppert
  • Patent number: 8051791
    Abstract: A motion compensation system for a helipad on a vessel includes a sensor for measuring a parameter related to at least one or pitch and roll of the vessel. The system includes a first actuator functionally coupled to the helipad to move the helipad translationally with respect to the vessel in response to the measured at least one of pitch and roll of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Vidar Hovland, Arne Vatn
  • Patent number: 8028952
    Abstract: A system to launch and recover an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aircraft has a pole member attached to a deck of a ship. An arm member is attached to the pole member and extends away from the pole member in an approximately horizontal direction. The arm member is able to move rotationally and vertically on the pole member. An attachment mechanism is attached to a distal end of the arm member for holding and capturing the UAV aircraft. Momentum of the UAV aircraft causes the arm member to move rotationally around and vertically on the pole member when the UAV aircraft is coupled to the attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: James M. Urnes, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8020506
    Abstract: A double level flight deck type aircraft carrier is disclosed to include a second level of flight deck so that aircraft launching and landing operations can be separately performed on the decks. The double deck design doubles the operation capacity and capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Hsu-Cheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20110180266
    Abstract: A drill ship is provided for conducting subsea operations, including intervention, maintenance and workover operations. The ship includes a hull having a substantially wide beam-to-length ratio and a deckspace. An automated system for handling tubulars and risers is mounted to the deck space, along with a pipe racking system. The deckspace includes a heavy-lift heave crane for handling seafloor operations and a medium duty crane mounted over the deckspace. The ship is configured to provide heavy lift subsea construction operations including 16-inch riser well intervention and workover programs, connected riser completion operations, and riserless tophole drilling and casing operations. The ship is also able to perform connected riser remedial drilling and slim hole well construction. The ship maximizes environmental efficiency in both construction and use, and provides a stable and safe work and living environment for operations personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: A.P. MELLER-MÆRSK A/S
    Inventors: Niels Elmbo, Thomas Danielsen
  • Patent number: 7946241
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for marine deployment according to various aspects of the present invention may operate in conjunction with a floatable housing adapted to be deployed by a marine vehicle. The floatable housing may be adapted to be launched from a marine vehicle and rise to the surface. Assets, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle, may be deployed from the surfaced floatable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Ray Sampson, David E. Bossert, Jeffrey N. Zerbe
  • Publication number: 20110011324
    Abstract: A floatable vessel is associated with an excavated area or foundation such that the floatable vessel rises and falls with changes in the water level of the surrounding environment. The foundation comprises a plurality of stabilizing posts that include telescopic sections where an upper telescopic section is connected to the floatable vessel. As the water level in the foundation rises or falls, the telescopic sections extend or retract as the buoyant floatable vessel moves with the water level. This action maintains the floatable vessel's connection with the foundation at various water levels. When there is no water within the foundation, or when the water level is sufficiently low, the floatable vessel rests on a plurality of pillars within the foundation. A tether cable is provided within the stabilizing posts as a back-up securing structure. Pivoting grates bridge the gap between the floatable vessel and the surrounding land.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Johnny Jones
  • Publication number: 20100294188
    Abstract: A double level flight deck type aircraft carrier is disclosed to include a second level of flight deck so that aircraft launching and landing operations can be separately performed on the decks. The double deck design doubles the operation capacity and capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Hsu-Cheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20100224118
    Abstract: A motion compensation system for a helipad on a vessel includes a sensor for measuring a parameter related to at least one or pitch and roll of the vessel. The system includes a first actuator functionally coupled to the helipad to move the helipad translationally with respect to the vessel in response to the measured at least one of pitch and roll of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Vidar Hovland, Arne Vatn
  • Patent number: 7703407
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a stable maritime helicopter platform are disclosed. In one embodiment, a ship that may be converted into a spar buoy includes a flipping mechanism to convert the ship to the spar buoy, a takeoff and landing platform for helicopters and other VTOL vehicles, and an actuation and balance system to deploy the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20090133613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a stable maritime helicopter platform are disclosed. In one embodiment, a ship that may be converted into a spar buoy includes a flipping mechanism to convert the ship to the spar buoy, a takeoff and landing platform for helicopters and other VTOL vehicles, and an actuation and balance system to deploy the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20090107386
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for marine deployment according to various aspects of the present invention may operate in conjunction with a floatable housing adapted to be deployed by a marine vehicle. The floatable housing may be adapted to be launched from a marine vehicle and rise to the surface. Assets, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle, may be deployed from the surfaced floatable housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Ray Sampson, David E. Bossert, Jeffrey N. Zerbe
  • Patent number: 7469859
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for improved transportation functionality. In one aspect, the invention comprises an improved and highly integrated transportation apparatus adapted to bring a plurality of different modalities in close physical proximity for enhanced efficiency. One exemplary embodiment comprises a multi-level structure disposed in a substantially contained low depth body of water (e.g., bay) and proximate one or more land masses to facilitate service via rail, land vehicle, ships, and ferries. Multiple long-length runways are also provided on the substantially planar top surface to accommodate air traffic. A monorail or similar system is also employed to allow ready movement between the various transportation interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Leon Edward Campbell
  • Patent number: 7299762
    Abstract: A mechanism for maintaining a surface such as a landing pad in a desired orientation with respect to a supporting surface includes a pair of columns that rotate with respect to each other. The angle at which the columns engage, or the angle at which the columns engage the surface and the supporting surface, are offset with respect to a line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cylinders. By selectively rotating the columns with respect to each other and with respect to the supporting surface, the tilt and orientation of the surface are adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: FAC Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Farid A. Chouery
  • Patent number: 7152547
    Abstract: A helipad motion compensation system for a vessel includes at least one controllable length actuator operatively coupled between the helipad and the vessel. The system also includes an attitude sensor disposed on at least one of the helipad and the vessel. The sensor produces signals corresponding to change in attitude of the helipad. A controller is in operative communication with the sensor and is arranged to operate the at least one actuator. The actuator is operable to substantially maintain an attitude of the helipad to compensate for motion of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Vidar Hovland
  • Patent number: 7040247
    Abstract: A mechanism for maintaining a surface such as a landing pad in a desired orientation with respect to a supporting surface includes a pair of columns that rotate with respect to each other. The angle at which the columns engage, or the angle at which the columns engage the surface and the supporting surface, are offset with respect to a line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cylinders. By selectively rotating the columns with respect to each other and with respect to the supporting surface, the tilt and orientation of the surface are adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: FAC Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Farid A. Chouery
  • Patent number: 6912965
    Abstract: A semisubmersible trimaran for use in an afloat sea base is disclosed. The trimaran has an upper deck structure 12 supported on a longitudinal center hull 26 and column-stabilized, longitudinal outrigger pontoons 28. The center hull 26 and pontoon columns 38 and 40 have a reduced waterplane area for minimizing motion during operations. The trimaran has a transit draft 37 for deployment at full waterplane area, and an operating draft 36 with a reduced waterplane area for damping motion. The vessel can be deployed with a transit drive 42 on the hull 26, and dynamically positioned at a destination for operations. Multiple trimarans can be assembled to provide an extended upper surface, including a landing area for fixed-wing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gaston Leitch, Harvey E. McBee, II, Jan Veldwijk, Douglass John Williams
  • Patent number: 6802477
    Abstract: A jet blast deflector is adapted for location on a sea vessel. The jet blast deflector is configurable such that in use the jet blast deflector deflects eflux created by the blast of a jet engine of an aircraft downwardly and beneath the deck of a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: MacTaggart Scott (Holdings) Limited
    Inventor: Gordon Pearson Campion
  • Patent number: 6779476
    Abstract: A configuration of grooves provided in a nonskid coating on an aircraft carrier flight deck promotes the lateral and backward drainage of slippery liquids. A straight longitudinal middle groove extending fore and aft intersects multiple “W”-shaped grooves each extending athwartship. Each W-shaped groove includes a pair of “V”-shaped groove sections located on opposite sides of the middle groove. Each V-shaped groove section aims vertex-forward and includes a pair of straight groove segments defining an interior angle in the approximate range between 60° and 120°. Abrasive entities may be included in the coating for nonskid purposes. The coating's inclusion of metal-polymer nanolaminate entities along with other pigment entities may serve to reduce or minimize solar heat absorption, particularly in terms of increasing solar reflectance and decreasing thermal emittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Dale A. Sowell, Peter J. Sarman, Eugene C. Fischer
  • Patent number: 6651578
    Abstract: Floating structures are provided. The floating structures are suitable for use as floating runways for aircraft, floating roadways, and supports for other facilities. The floating structures include a deck and one or more pontoons attached to the deck. The pontoons, with the deck attached, are caused to float in water contained in a basin, which in turn floats in a body of water. The basin provides damping or isolation of forces due to currents in the body of water, or prevailing winds, to reduce undesired or excessive motion of the deck. The deck supports are preferably capable of limited lateral movement relative to the pontoons, thereby permitting some movement of the pontoons independently and reducing stresses on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Patrick Henry Gorman
  • Patent number: H2254
    Abstract: An unmanned floating platform is provided for continual surveillance at a station-keeping position at sea. The platform is equipped to dispatch an unmanned vehicle to conduct at least one of observation and rendezvous. The platform includes a hull, first and second hangers, and a liquid storage compartment. The hull has a submerged portion and a floating portion. The first hanger is equipped for stowing, deploying and retrieving a self-propelled unmanned vehicle and is substantially disposed in the floating portion. The second hanger houses equipment for electrical power and on-board functions. The liquid storage compartment supplies fuel to the on-board equipment and to the unmanned vehicle. For static stability, the compartment is disposed in the submerged portion. The platform may also include a superstructure for housing sensor equipment. The superstructure can be disposed above at least one of the first and second hangers. The second hanger may additionally house a tetherable observation aerial post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: James L. Hebert, Eric C. Hansen