Ordnance Or Weapon Systems Computer Patents (Class 235/400)
  • Patent number: 10321037
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments are generally directed to active imaging systems and methods. In one example, an active imaging system includes a positioning system configured to detect a direction of motion of the imaging system relative to a scene, an optical source positioned to emit electromagnetic radiation, a non-mechanical beamsteering device positioned to receive the electromagnetic radiation from the optical source and configured to scan the electromagnetic radiation over at least a first portion of the scene within an instantaneous field-of-view of an optical receiver, and the optical receiver positioned to receive reflections of the electromagnetic radiation from at least the first portion of the scene within the instantaneous field-of-view, wherein the first portion of the scene is within a first edge region of the instantaneous field-of-view of the optical receiver, the first edge region being in the direction of motion of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller
  • Patent number: 10311293
    Abstract: A system for tracking airborne organisms includes an imager, a backlight source (such as a retroreflective surface) in view of the imager, and a processor configured to analyze one or more images captured by the processor to identify a biological property of an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOKITAE LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, 3ric Johanson, Jordin T. Kare, Artyom Makagon, Emma Rae Mullen, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., Nathan John Pegram, Nels R. Peterson, Phillip Rutschman, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10139196
    Abstract: An effector launching system includes an environment that has external components located within the environment. The effector launching system may include a modular controller located in the environment of an effector launching system and the external components may be located in the environment externally to the modular controller for executing an effector launching sequence. The modular controller may include a core processor module that is configured to execute a plurality of different effector launching sequences using the external components and a plurality of converting modules that each have an electro-mechanical interface and is connectable between the core processor module and one of the external components. The plurality of converting modules are configured to send and receive data with the core processor module and the plurality of external components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Emile M. Szlemko, Huy Le, Brian A. Gin, Ryan P. Wahl, Mary L. Kulbacki, Chad V. Anderson, David P. Ueberschar
  • Patent number: 9946922
    Abstract: A system for tracking airborne organisms includes an imager, a backlight source (such as a retroreflective surface) in view of the imager, and a processor configured to analyze one or more images captured by the processor to identify a biological property of an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Tokitae LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, 3ric Johanson, Jordin T. Kare, Artyom Makagon, Emma Rae Mullen, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., Nathan John Pegram, Nels R. Peterson, Phillip Rutschman, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9810862
    Abstract: A detector configuration for use in a free space optical (FSO) node for transmitting and/or receiving optical signals has a plurality of sensors for detecting received optical signals. The system may be configured to modify or alter the light at the plurality of sensor to optimize different system functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SA Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Elon Graves, William Dickson, Greg Mitchell, Andy McClaren, Dave Pechner
  • Patent number: 9783296
    Abstract: A deployment system for deploying a store from an aircraft includes a lock member that selectively engages the store to the deployment system, an ejector that selectively ejects the store from the deployment system, and a deployment system controller communicatively coupled to the lock member and to the ejector, the system controller communicatively coupled to the aircraft to receive commands from the aircraft, wherein upon receipt of a master arm command from the aircraft the system controller maintains the lock member in an engaged state relative to the store, and wherein upon receipt of a fire command from the aircraft the system controller disengages the lock member from the store and activates the ejector to eject the store from the deployment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Ray, Armando Guerrero
  • Patent number: 9759911
    Abstract: Device (100) for reading coded information, comprising a first optical group (10) including a first light source and first focusing means in optical alignment with said light source along an optical axis (X), and at least one further optical group including a further light source and further focusing means in optical alignment with the further light source along an optical axis (X1) parallel to the optical axis (X). The first optical group (10) and the further optical group (20) are housed in a single one-piece block (50) obtained through a single mechanical processing that, preferably, is a machine tool processing. The number of components of the reading device is thus reduced and the calibration operations necessary to achieve the desired optical alignment between light sources and with the respective focusing means are simplified and automated. Consequently, the costs of material and qualified workers are reduced, as is the time needed to calibrate the reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.R.L.
    Inventor: Stefano Ciabattoni
  • Patent number: 9651343
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a small arms training system. In exemplary embodiments, a training system includes a control system, shooter systems that can include a user interface, and a target system that collects projectile position information in relation to a target. In one embodiment, the systems are linked via a mesh radio network and are configured to process GPS information for rapid and accurate positioning of the shooter in relation to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Kenneth V. Miller
  • Patent number: 9632898
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide methods and systems for calculating and presenting a positioning performance of a location system. In one aspect, a server may receive a signal including information indicative of a determined location of an asset. Based on the received signal, the server may determine a positioning error value indicating an error in the determined location of the asset. The server may then calculate a metric as a function of the positioning error value, and provide positioning performance information for display based on the calculated metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AeroScout Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Aljadeff
  • Patent number: 9569849
    Abstract: A network for indicating and communicating detection of hostile fire, and systems, methods, and computer program products thereof. Hostile fire is optically detected and identified at a first vehicle and such identification is transmitted from the first vehicle to one or more other vehicles in the network. Data regarding hostile fire directed at the first vehicle can be stored at one or more of the other vehicles and even retransmitted to other vehicles or base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Moraites, Shawn McPhail, Donald Sobiski
  • Patent number: 9546466
    Abstract: A dish for use in a manhole having a manhole cover covering a manhole opening and a frequency transmitting system for use in a manhole are provided. The dish and the frequency transmitting system is configured to transmit a signal to a network through the manhole cover. The signal is generated by a sensor unit disposed within the manhole and configured to detect the conditions of the manhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Utility Sealing Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd J. Wander
  • Patent number: 9488441
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for mission planning. The method comprises the steps of: —providing (805) information related to a target scene, said information comprising information related to a plurality of targets, —providing (810) information related to a plurality of resources for target attack, —determining (820) at least one possible attack direction against each target, —determining (830) a target effect associated to attacking the target from each of said determined at least one possible attack direction for each target, —forming (840) a network of possible routes between the targets for the resources, wherein the possible routes are determined based on the possible attack directions related to each target, and —forming (845) the mission plan for fighting the targets based on the determined target effects from the respective attack directions and based on the formed network of possible routes, wherein each target is fighted a predetermined amount of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Jan Erik Eriksson, Kristian Lundberg
  • Patent number: 9038900
    Abstract: An embodiment of an apparatus for determining the attitude angles of a weapon includes a number of accelerometers for measuring the components of the acceleration of the weapon along the axes of a first reference system integral with weapon; a number of gyroscopes configured in such a way to measure the components of the angular speed of the weapon along the axes of the reference body; and a processing unit configured to compute a number of actual attitude angles of the weapon under dynamic conditions based on the components of the angular speed; determine a number of static attitude angles of the weapon under static conditions of the weapon based on the components of the acceleration; and correct the components of angular speed according to static attitude angles and to the actual attitude angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SELEX GALILEO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Galanti, Luca Mattonai, Nicola Santini
  • Patent number: 9038901
    Abstract: An optical device includes a housing containing a plurality of lenses. At least one of those lenses includes a reticle. An optical device and a processor are also located in the housing. A wind speed sensor is mounted to the housing and configured to send a wind speed signal corresponding to a wind speed to the processor. The processor calculates a wind speed based at least in part on the wind speed signal, and wherein the processor sends an output signal corresponding to the calculated wind speed to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Burris Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas F. Paterson, Steven A. Bennetts
  • Patent number: 9033232
    Abstract: An electromechanical system translates an “aiming error” signal from a target tracking system into dynamic “pointing corrections” for handheld devices to drastically reduce pointing errors due to man-machine wobble without specific direction by the user. The active stabilization targeting correction system works by separating the “support” features of the handheld device from the “projectile launching” features, and controlling their respective motion by electromechanical mechanisms. When a target is visually acquired, the angular deflection (both horizontal windage and vertical elevation) and aiming errors due to man-machine wobble (both vertical and horizontal) from the target's location to the current point-of-aim can be quickly measured by the ballistic computer located internal to a target tracking device. These values are transmitted to calibrated encoded electromechanical actuators that position the isolated components to rapidly correct angular deflection to match the previous aiming error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ROCKSIGHT HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Sterling Bockmon
  • Patent number: 8998085
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes an optical sensor configured to capture a digital image of an animal within a view area, a processor coupled to the optical sensor, and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory is configured to store instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to determine a distance to the animal, determine edges of the animal, and calculate measurements of selected portions of the animal in response to determining the edges and the distance. The memory further stores instructions that, when executed, cause processor to automatically calculate a prey score for the animal in response to calculating the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TrackingPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: John Francis McHale, Douglas Ainsworth Scott
  • Publication number: 20150069121
    Abstract: A sight and methods of operation thereof are provided. In some embodiments, an image is captured via an image capture unit, and a center position is calculated according to the positions of at least three impact points in the image, and a predefined view center of a display unit is set to the center position. In some embodiments, an angle of dip of the sight to a plane is detected via a dip angle detector. A predictive impact point is calculated according to the angle of dip and at least one calculation parameter, and an impact point indication is accordingly displayed in the display unit. When the angle of dip is changed, the predictive impact point is recalculated according to the new angle of dip, and the corresponding impact point indication is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yen-Chao Chen, Chih-Hsien Lin, Tsung-Wei Lin, Szu-Han Wu, Jen-Chih Chung, Yung-Sheng Chiang
  • Patent number: 8960542
    Abstract: A system for indicating a point of impact of a projectile fired from a barrel of a gun including a dynamic aiming device mounted to the barrel having a camera and a range finder configured to be pointed at a target. The system also includes a display device coupled to the camera for displaying an image of the target, and processing circuitry for superimposing a crosshair image on the displayed image of the target. The processing circuitry is configured to determine a distance from the dynamic aiming device to the target using the range finder and to adjust a position of the crosshair image. The position of the crosshair image is adjusted relative to the distance for indicating the point of impact of the projectile fired from the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: API Defense, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Jaroh, George Lubert, Jeremy Sitar, David Metz
  • Patent number: 8963766
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a target tracking apparatus calculates N-dimensional predicted values from a respective stored (N+1)-dimensional tracks for each of the targets, determines whether or not the N-dimensional predicted value for each of the targets is correlated with the received N-dimensional angle observed value for the target, if the N-dimensional predicted value is not correlated, generates a new (N+1)-dimensional track for the target based on the N-dimensional track corresponding to the N-dimensional angle observed value and if the N-dimensional predicted value is correlated, updates and stores the (N+1)-dimensional track using the N-dimensional angle observed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8963765
    Abstract: A method for tracking an object using radar includes detecting a wideband radio frequency (“RF”) energy at a first radar sensor tracking the object and determining in a computer process if a booster is propelling the object based on the wideband RF energy. The object is tracked in a computer process based on a ballistic trajectory if the booster is not propelling the object, and the object is tracked in a computer process based on a non-ballistic trajectory if the booster is propelling the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Richard N. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8939366
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying information on a targeting display are provided. A method comprises positioning a targeted object proximate a center of a targeting display image and providing a reticle below the target object. The reticle is configured to identify the targeted object to a user of the targeting display. The method further comprises providing a first plurality of data elements positioned along a vertical axis upon which the targeted object and reticle are also positioned. The first plurality of data elements include a range to the target, an azimuth to the target, and one or more error estimates relating to at least one of the range to the target or the azimuth to the target. The method further comprises providing a second plurality of data elements within a plurality of areas positioned proximate to one or more borders of the targeting display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8937530
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising at least one light emitting diode (LED) that is controlled by the RFID's logic and powered by the RFID's power harvesting circuit, wherein the RFID tag is capable of being interrogated by an RFID reader and reporting its unique identification number by RF backscatter and/or controlling the illumination state of the at least one LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua R. Smith, Daniel Yeager, Ali Rahimi
  • Patent number: 8857714
    Abstract: A system can include a camera configured to mount to a firearm and a scope configured to mount to the firearm. A display can be configured to show an image from the camera. The scope can be configured to view the display. The image from the camera can be electronically movable relative to scope and camera to facilitate compensation for bullet drop and windage. Moving the image can allow use of higher scope magnification and/or electronic camera zoom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Benson
  • Patent number: 8843305
    Abstract: A system and method for providing independent weapon launch or release control for an unmanned or autonomous vehicle by ensuring the vehicle is within its weapon launch area using geographic position information from a navigational source such as GPS, comparing the position of the vehicle to the weapon's launch boundaries, and arming or disarming the vehicle's weapon launch capability based on its location relative to the weapon launch area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Robert Jacob
  • Patent number: 8833655
    Abstract: A method is used to determine an aiming point for a sighting system used by a shooter to shoot a target. The method includes receiving a range signal that corresponds to a distance from the shooter to the target. A first position signal is received from a magnification system sensor. A first magnification setting based at least in part on the first position signal is then determined. Thereafter, a first aiming point based at least in part on both of the range signal and the first magnification setting is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Burris Corporation
    Inventors: John McCarty, Walter D. Stoddard, Douglas F. Paterson
  • Patent number: 8800870
    Abstract: An infared-based scope configured to obtain and display video imagery that allows a user to estimate wind speed and direction over a trajectory to a target based on observed air motion in the video imagery. In certain examples, the scope further includes electronics configured to calculate the wind speed using video image processing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael K. Burkland, Christopher E. Thomas, Robert Rinker, Darrell R. Rogers, Byron B. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140209678
    Abstract: System, device and method for protecting aircrafts against incoming threats. The system includes: (a) a dual-band Radio Frequency (RF) track-and-confirm module comprising: a dual-band RF receiver to receive high-band RF signals and low-band RF signals; a threat confirmation module to confirm a possible incoming threat based on processing of RF signals received at the dual-band RF receiver; a threat parameters calculator to calculate a fine angular position and a precise angular position of a confirmed incoming threat, based on processing of RF signals received at low-band RF for fine angular position and at high-band RF for precise angular position; (b) a countermeasure directed Laser module to activate a directed Laser countermeasure towards said precise angular position of said confirmed incoming threat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: BIRD AEROSYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ronen FACTOR, David DRAGUCKI, Ariye Yehuda CAPLAN, Zahi BEN ARI, Semion ZELIKMAN, Royee LI-RAN
  • Patent number: 8783568
    Abstract: Telescopic sight, in particular for a handgun, comprising an optical lens system which is integrated in an essentially elongated outer tube which preferably has a circular cross section and can be fitted to the handgun or the like, which optical lens system is terminated by an eyepiece at an end facing the shooter's eye when the gun is being used, and by an objective at its opposite end, and has, between the eyepiece and the objective, at least one image plane lying in the optical beam path of light beams passing through the eyepiece and the objective, wherein a graticule structure lying in the beam path is arranged in the or at least one of the image planes, characterized in that the graticule structure comprises a virtual image of a graticule arranged outside the beam path, said virtual image being projected into the (respective) image plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gerhard Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 8783567
    Abstract: Systems and methods of integrating weapons systems with the aircraft systems of an aircraft carrying the weapon so as to generate on the aircraft in flight a display indicative of the weapon successfully engaging a target are disclosed. The system can include a ground station for generating a database describing the weapon performance envelope, a generator for creating coefficients characteristic of that performance envelope using a generic algorithm and an uploader for uploading the coefficients to the aircraft, and a reconstructor on the aircraft containing the same generic algorithm and adapted to select the coefficients for the algorithm according to the aircraft and target conditions in order to generate the feasibility display, wherein the algorithm is generic to both air to ground and air to air weapons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems PLC
    Inventors: Bhadrayu Manherlal Ranat, Monadl Abd Al-Abbas Mansour Al-Ameri, Jeffrey Christopher Haines
  • Patent number: 8757486
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for firing a projectile in response to a threat according to various aspects of the present invention operate in conjunction with a computer coupled to a launch system for the projectile. The computer may be configured to select the projectile from multiple available projectiles and calculate a fire control solution according to a characteristic of the selected projectile. Calculating the fire control solution may comprise deriving the fire control solution from a look-up table according to a predicted intercept point. The computer may initiate a launch of the selected projectile and provide the fire control solution to the selected projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: James M. Cook, Robert S. Brinkerhoff, Michael J. Mahnken
  • Patent number: 8746561
    Abstract: A system and method for disrupting at least one component of a suspect object is provided. The system has a source for passing radiation through the suspect object, a grid board positionable adjacent the suspect object (the grid board having a plurality of grid areas, the radiation from the source passing through the grid board), a screen for receiving the radiation passing through the suspect object and generating at least one image, a weapon for deploying a discharge, and a targeting unit for displaying the image of the suspect object and aiming the weapon according to a disruption point on the displayed image and deploying the discharge into the suspect object to disable the suspect object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Scott Gladwell, Justin Garretson, Clinton G. Hobart, Mark J. Monda
  • Patent number: 8740071
    Abstract: A method and system for attenuating a shockwave propagating through a first medium. The method and system may include providing a sensor for detecting a shockwave-producing event, which may include detecting an explosive device or detecting an explosion from an explosive device, determining a direction and distance of the shockwave relative to a defended target, calculating with a computer control a firing plan, and interposing a second medium between the shockwave and a protected asset if cost effective to do so. The second medium may be different from the first medium and the shockwave may be reflected, refracted and dispersed, or absorbed as it passes through the second medium prior to reaching the protected asset, and thus may be attenuated in force as it reaches the protected asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher Higgs, Brian J. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 8729442
    Abstract: Technology for predicting and correcting a trajectory is described. The technology can create a model to predict a position of the reusable launch vehicle at a time in the future; observe a wind condition during ascent of the reusable launch vehicle; store the observed wind condition in a wind map; predict during ascent a position and a terminal lateral velocity of the reusable launch vehicle at a terminal altitude; and correct a flight trajectory of the reusable launch vehicle based on the wind map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Blue Origin, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick W. Boelitz, Mark O. Hilstad
  • Patent number: 8672223
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for protecting an aircraft against one or more incoming threats. The system includes one or more electro-optic sensors to scan an area around the aircraft for one or more possible incoming threats, and to generate an indication signal once an incoming threat is detected; an integrated unit combining a Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) with Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM), to verify the incoming threat and to activate a countermeasure against the verified incoming threat; and a processor to receive data from said one or more electro-optic sensors and the integrated MACS-DIRCM unit, and to select a countermeasure technique for deployment against the incoming threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: BIRD Aerosystems Limited
    Inventors: Ronen Factor, David Dragucki, Ariye Yehuda Caplan, Zahi Ben Ari, Semion Zelikman, Royee Li-Ran
  • Patent number: 8602303
    Abstract: Systems and methods based on firing table fitting allow interception of a small low-altitude low-velocity target. A system includes: a target detecting system, a directing control system, a launch control system, an interception execution system, a communication bus a, a communication bus b and a communication bus c. Firing table data under a standard working condition and fitting parameters under different working conditions are pre-stored in the system. Based on target flight data and environment condition parameters, a lead aiming point is predicted, a time sequence of each stage of a fight flow is controlled, and firing data are output to execute an interception by the launch control system. An interception operation is simplified, a ground control of a non-controlled bomb fight flow is realized, a single shot success probability of an interception system is increased, and an interception cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Beijing Mechanical Equipment Institute
    Inventors: Xuchang Ding, Nuo Xu, Shengjie Wang, Yan Shen, Lianjun Wang, Xiaojun Wang, Jiahui Li, Hongliang Yan
  • Patent number: 8584944
    Abstract: An apparatus, a kit, and a method of use thereof for assisting snipers or long-range shooters in arriving at a firing solution for adjustment of an aiming system are provided. The apparatus can include a housing including a viewing area and a slide including a matrix of firing solutions printed thereon based on a plurality of density altitude values. The slide is movable with respect to the housing such that a portion of the matrix of firing solutions is viewable in the viewing area of the housing based on a density altitude value. This allows a user to adjust the trajectory compensation of a telescopic sight or any other aiming system by using the current measured density altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Taylor A. White, Christopher M. Sharon
  • Patent number: 8561898
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving output voltage data from an array of at least four thermopiles placed around the circumference of a projectile such that for any rotation of the projectile during flight thereof, at least a pair of the thermopile having upwardly-facing fields of view referenced to the earth-fixed coordinate system. The method includes determining the pair of upwardly-facing thermopiles based on the output voltage data from the array, with the respective pair of thermopiles including a thermopile p and next adjacent thermopile p+1. The method includes determining a ratio of the output voltage data from thermopiles p and p+1, and applying the ratio to a function associating, for any pair of thermopiles n and n+1, a ratio of output voltage data from thermopiles n and n+1, and a roll angle ?n of thermopile n referenced to the earth-fixed coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Robert Durkee
  • Patent number: 8520895
    Abstract: A system and method calculate a range and velocity of an object in image data. The range calculation includes detecting a contour of the object from the image data, forming a template from the image data based on the contour; and calculating a range to the object using pixel resolution and dimension statistics of the object. A three-dimensional velocity of the object is determined by calculating a radial component and an angular component of the velocity. The radial velocity component is calculated by determining the range of the object in two or more image frames, determining a time differential between the two or more image frames, and calculating the radial velocity as a function of the range of the object in the two or more image frames and the time differential between the two or more image frames. The angular component is calculated using spatial-temporal derivatives as a function of a motion constraint equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kwong Wing Au, Saad J. Bedros
  • Patent number: 8505818
    Abstract: A method for providing fire support command and control for small unit operations. The method involves displaying a geographical representation of a battle space using a map. One or more strike asset icons are displayed on the map, each representing strike assets which are geographically dispersed within the battle space. At least one target icon is also displayed on the map to represent a target within the battle space. In response to a user input identifying a desired effect upon the target, the system graphically conveys fire mission planning information to the user during an interactive mission planning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventor: Darius F. Miller
  • Patent number: 8459552
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method, system and computer program product that calculates a real-time, accurate, firing solution for man carried weapon system; specifically a transparent display to be located in-line with a weapon mounted optic and a device to adjust the aim point through real-time data collection, analysis and real-time visual feedback to the operator. A firing solution system mounted on a projectile weapon comprising: A Sensor and CPU Unit (SCU) and a Sight Adjusted Reticule (SAR) and a PC Dongle which configured to facilitate communication between the SCU and a personal computer (PC), or similar computing device, enabling management of the SCU configuration and offloading of sensor obtained and system determined data values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Awis LLC
    Inventor: Paul Arbouw
  • Publication number: 20130126612
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving output voltage data from an array of at least four thermopiles placed around the circumference of a projectile such that for any rotation of the projectile during flight thereof, at least a pair of the thermopile having upwardly-facing fields of view referenced to the earth-fixed coordinate system. The method includes determining the pair of upwardly-facing thermopiles based on the output voltage data from the array, with the respective pair of thermopiles including a thermopile p and next adjacent thermopile p+1. The method includes determining a ratio of the output voltage data from thermopiles p and p+1, and applying the ratio to a function associating, for any pair of thermopiles n and n+1, a ratio of output voltage data from thermopiles n and n+1, and a roll angle ?n of thermopile n referenced to the earth-fixed coordinate system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Robert Durkee
  • Publication number: 20130105579
    Abstract: A method for providing fire support command and control for small unit operations. The method involves displaying a geographical representation of a battle space using a map. One or more strike asset icons are displayed on the map, each representing strike assets which are geographically dispersed within the battle space. At least one target icon is also displayed on the map to represent a target within the battle space. In response to a user input identifying a desired effect upon the target, the system graphically conveys fire mission planning information to the user during an interactive mission planning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Darius F. Miller
  • Patent number: 8430313
    Abstract: A hand controller for controlling an electro-optic sensor of a weapons system may include a first cam/spring mechanism configured to provide non-linear displacement to an operator applying a torque to rotate the hand controller in a first direction. A second cam/spring mechanism may be configured to provide non-linear displacement to an operator applying a torque to rotate the hand controller in a second direction. A first sensor may be configured to sense torque being applied in the first direction and to generate a command signal to control rotation of the electro-optic sensor in the first direction. A second sensor may be configured to sense torque being applied in the second direction and to generate a command signal to control rotation of the electro-optic sensor in the second direction. The command signals may be substantially mathematically proportional rate command signals with respect to applied torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Talir, Thomas Linton
  • Patent number: 8400348
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for an airborne biota monitoring and control system are disclosed. Radar and laser/optical sensors are used to detect insects, with detection zones being over water in some embodiments to reduce backscatter clutter. A pest control laser or small autonomous or radio controlled aircraft under automated or human control may be used to disable a targeted flying insect. One embodiment includes use of a head-mounted display for displaying insect targeting information superimposed on a real landscape view. Technologies such as adaptive lens, holographic optical elements, polarized radar and/or laser beams, light amplifiers and light guides, thin disk, spinning disk, or vertical cavity surface emitting lasers enhance performance of the apparatus or reduce cost of the apparatus. Also disclosed are methods of discrimination of insect types using spectral information and dynamic relative variation of spectral intensities at different wavelengths reflected from an insect in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Information Movement and Management, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lehmann Guice, Augustus Hammond Green, Jr., William Vaden Dent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8393539
    Abstract: The present invention describes methods for programming trigger time of a projectile (60) based on remaining flight time to a target (P) after the projectile (60) is airborne. The actual muzzle (Vo) and flight speeds (V1, V2, etc.) are independently determined and compared to those used by the ballistic computer (30), and a better estimate of trigger time is accordingly used to activate detonation of the projectile (60). In one embodiment, a Kalman algorithm is used to provide a better estimate of the projectile's flight speeds obtained by independent methods to provide the better estimate of the trigger time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Yong Lim Ang, Say Him Ng, Cheng Hok Aw
  • Patent number: 8371202
    Abstract: A projector of multiple skewed light planes or sheets is located adjacent a vehicle to be protected and detectors are arranged to defect the penetration of the light sheets by an incoming object, with the time intervals between the piercing of the planes defining the path of the incoming object and its expected impact time. An array of bullet-firing barrels is arranged to project bullets in ah iron curtain under control of a fire control module that fires a round in a barrel above the projected flight path such that the round impacts the nose of the object and disables it. It is thus the piercing of the skewed light sheets mat provides information as to the impact point of the object as well as its time of arrival so that a round can be fired to intercept the object as it arrives at the iron curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson E. Odhner, Geoffrey P. McKinnon
  • Patent number: 8353455
    Abstract: An electronic device adapted for use as a shooting sight preferably includes an electronic device and an application software program. The electronic device includes a microprocessor, operating system software a and a flat screen display. The application software program is installed in the microprocessor. The application software program communicates with the operating system. The application software program includes sight indicia, a weapon profile input, a laser finder input and operation display tabs. The sight indicia overlays a video image on the flat screen display. The operation display tabs are displayed on the flat screen display in addition to the sight indicia. The type, position, color and size of the sight indicia is set by clicking on operation display tabs. A retention bracket holds the electronic device and is secured to a weapon. The sight indicia is aligned with an image seen on the flat screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Dorge O. Huang
  • Patent number: 8336776
    Abstract: An aiming system for use with a weapon is provided and may include a processor, at least one sensor in communication with the processor, and a memory in communication with the processor. The aiming system may also include a display in communication with the processor that displays a corrected-aiming point based on at least one simulated bullet trajectory and at least one simulated bullet impact location determined by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Trijicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Horvath, Aaron Adkins, Richard Willard, Paul Stoltz
  • Patent number: 8336775
    Abstract: An aerospace-ground integration testbed may include a truth data scheme, a common sensor adaptor, a common sensor framework, a visualization scheme and a communications scheme. The truth data scheme may generate truth data configured to provide data of at least one of threats, terrain, targets and offensive and defensive systems. The common sensor adaptor may provide sensed data generated from at least the truth data. The common sensor framework may provide modeled sensed data generated from at least the truth data utilizing sensor models. The visualization scheme may generate visual data to be displayed from the sensed data and the modeled sensed data. The communications scheme may provide communication and testbed messaging infrastructure between the truth data scheme, the common sensor adaptor, the common sensor framework, and the visualization scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joanne E. Wood, Rickford B. Still, Janet L. H. Housley, Russell W. Lai
  • Publication number: 20120298748
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for protecting an aircraft against one or more incoming threats. The system includes one or more electro-optic sensors to scan an area around the aircraft for one or more possible incoming threats, and to generate an indication signal once an incoming threat is detected; an integrated unit combining a Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) with Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM), to verify the incoming threat and to activate a countermeasure against the verified incoming threat; and a processor to receive data from said one or more electro-optic sensors and the integrated MACS-DIRCM unit, and to select a countermeasure technique for deployment against the incoming threat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: BIRD AEROSYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Ronen FACTOR, David DRAGUCKI, Ariye Yehuda CAPLAN, Zahi BEN ARI, Semion ZELIKMAN, Royee LI-RAN