Aerial Cargo Unloading By Parachute Extraction Patents (Class 244/137.3)
  • Patent number: 10385784
    Abstract: A clevis for use in a toggle mechanism of a ram air turbine actuator is provided comprising a first side; a second side parallel to the first side; a first set of parallel pivot holes; second set of parallel pivot holes; a set of parallel through holes; and a helicoil blind hole. The second side rigidly connected to the first side via at least one brace perpendicular to the first side and the second side. The helicoil blind hole being located in the first side and extending into the at least one brace. The first side having a first hole of the first set of parallel pivot holes, a first hole of the second set of parallel pivot holes, and a first hole of the set of parallel through holes. The second side having the hole pattern reflective of the first side, composed of second holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Bortoli, Paul Henry Verstrate
  • Patent number: 10137995
    Abstract: A one-time flare mechanism system for use with an aerial payload system is described which uses minimal actuation force to produce a reliable flare with minimal shock to the payload, parafoil and rigging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Earthly Dynamics, LLC
    Inventors: Mark F Costello, Michael Brian Ward, Edward James Scheuermann
  • Patent number: 10131436
    Abstract: An apparatus, method for making, and product by process for a parachute, the parachute having a conductive network and a set of fabrics; the conductive network including a set of conductive elements and a set of devices; wherein a first subset of conductive elements of the set of conductive elements is incorporated with a second subset of fabrics of the set of fabrics and third subset of devices of the set of devices incorporated is incorporated with a fourth subset of fabrics of the set of fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph John D'Angelo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10023313
    Abstract: A rope suspension device with at least one rope suspension module that is adapted for suspension of at least one rope from a rotorcraft, the rope suspension module comprising at least one lockable load beam that is rotatable around an axis of rotation between a locked state and an unlocked state and that is adapted for supporting in the locked state at least one rope that is to be suspended from the rope suspension module, the at least one lockable load beam being, upon unlocking in operation, rotatable from the locked state around the axis of rotation into the unlocked state at least on the basis of a load that is applied to the at least one lockable load beam by means of at least one rope that is supported by the at least one lockable load beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Behrens, Rainer Stuetz
  • Patent number: 9988154
    Abstract: An apparatus, method for making, and product by process for a parachute, the parachute having a conductive network and a set of fabrics; the conductive network including a set of conductive elements and a set of devices; wherein a first subset of conductive elements of the set of conductive elements is incorporated with a second subset of fabrics of the set of fabrics and third subset of devices of the set of devices incorporated is incorporated with a fourth subset of fabrics of the set of fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph John D'Angelo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9932112
    Abstract: A cargo handling system may have power drive unit (PDU), which may include a motor and a PDU controller. The PDU controller may be in communication with the motor and configured to receive a command signal including an address corresponding to a location of the PDU. The PDU controller may comprise a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader. The PDU controller may be configured to determine the location of the PDU by reading an RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Harms, Shad Kish
  • Patent number: 9580173
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is disclosed that includes a retractable payload delivery system. The payload delivery system can lower a payload to the ground using a delivery device that secures the payload during descent and releases the payload upon reaching the ground. The location of the delivery device can be determined as it is lowered to the ground using image tracking. The UAV can include an imaging system that captures image data of the suspended delivery device and identifies image coordinates of the delivery device, and the image coordinates can then be mapped to a location. The UAV may also be configured to account for any deviations from a planned path of descent in real time to effect accurate delivery locations of released payloads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James Ryan Burgess, Joanna Cohen
  • Patent number: 9457902
    Abstract: A cost-effective pack adapted to be distributed from an aircraft in the event of a natural, military, political, or other disaster includes an outer package, at least one item in the outer package for aerial delivery, and at least one aerodynamic component formed on the outer package and methods and systems for making the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: The SkyLIFE Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J Potter, Matthew J. Medlin, Greg J. Konczal, Rory T. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 9399515
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system includes at least one container mounted on a platform, an impact attenuator initially interposed between the container and the platform, an activation tether arranged to cause contents of the container to disperse, and rigging material attached to the impact attenuator, the platform and the activation tether and configured to rotate the platform to face upward and the impact attenuator to face downward during aerial delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represnted by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Justin Riley, Andrew Meloni
  • Patent number: 9340286
    Abstract: An automated transport device for moving a cargo unit within an aircraft cargo compartment is provided. The transport device comprises a base body and shifting means, wherein the base body is to carry the cargo unit. The shifting means is to generate a movement of the base body along a floor of the cargo compartment perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft and, after that, along the longitudinal axis of the aircraft without rotation of the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Panzram, Sascha Nowarre, Hans-Joachim Schoen, Claudio Uriarte, Patrick Dittmer, Thies Andreas Ernst-Friedrich Beinke
  • Patent number: 8979031
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The releasable securing mechanisms may utilize one or more rotatable latch plates. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150069185
    Abstract: A cushioned platform system and an aerial delivery method employ at least one airbag module. The airbag modules are mounted at the underside of a platform which supports the payload. Parallel roller pads are disposed below the at least one airbag module when the module is in a non-deployed mode and facilitate rolling the platform and payload onto the aircraft. The platform and payload are extracted from the aircraft with an extraction parachute. A mechanism is automatically activated to release the airbag module to a deployed mode prior to impact. The deployed airbag module may be repacked to the non-deployed mode for subsequent usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen T. Parkinson, Charles R. Sandy
  • Patent number: 8864080
    Abstract: Methods and systems for aerial delivery utilize expendable materials. An expendable aerial delivery system comprises wood, textile and/or other expendable materials, for example materials suitable for disposing via burning or crushing in a forward area. In this manner, valuable and/or expensive metal platforms can be eliminated from airdrops, thus preventing insurgent repurposing of these platforms into improvised explosive devices and other implements of warfare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Roy L Fox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8788127
    Abstract: A beacon receiving system on a pallet of a container cargo bundle is airdropped from a cargo airplane. The beacon receiving system comprises a sensor that detects during descent a beacon signal generated from a beacon placed at the target drop location. The sensor provides signals to a microcontroller that ascertains an angle at which the beacon signal is received. An inertial measurement unit provides signals indicating a tilt of the pallet during descent, which is used by the microcontroller to determine an offset angle of the received beacon signal. This information is used to steer the container cargo bundle during descent to achieve high precision in landing at the desired target drop location. The beacon signal may comprises a modulated light signal which can be distinguished by the sensor from other light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dale F. Waldo, David Ray Riley, Thomas Lyman Weaver
  • Publication number: 20140084111
    Abstract: A system for deploying loads out of an aircraft comprises an aerial delivery parachute with an aerial-delivery parachute line and an activation means for placing the aerial delivery parachute in an enveloping flow past the aircraft. Within the aircraft a receiving device can be positioned that receives a tractive force acting on the aerial-delivery parachute line, which tractive force has been determined by a force measuring device and has been transmitted by way of a transmitting device. With the knowledge of the tractive force it is possible both to implement emergency release and to assess whether an aerial delivery parachute has correctly deployed in the flow enveloping the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Airbus Operations GmbH, Airbus SAS
  • Patent number: 8567724
    Abstract: An extraction force transfer coupling device is particularly adapted for use with certain cargo aircraft systems for aerial delivery of a load. The extraction force transfer coupling device employs a drop arm which prevents inadvertent actuation of the actuator arm. Prior to aerial delivery, the actuator arm is obstructed by the drop arm. When the platform is forwardly extracted from the aircraft, the drop arm slides along and eventually disengages from the aircraft floor which eventually results in actuation of the cable release to provide for opening of a suspension parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Capewell Components Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen T. Parkinson
  • Patent number: 8534607
    Abstract: A multiple bundle sling load system including a sling for attachment to an aircraft, a support system suspended from the sling for carrying a plurality of bundles, a load release mechanism interconnecting each bundle with the support structure, a parachute associated with at least one of the bundles, a parachute release mechanism interconnecting each parachute with the support structure. And an actuator for remotely operating each release mechanism for selectively releasing each load release mechanism and not releasing the associated parachute release mechanism for an air drop operation and selectively releasing each load release mechanism and each associated parachute release mechanism for a land drop operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Marc Tardiff, George N. Moorachian, Jr., Todd Grenga, William S. Ricci, Richard John Benney
  • Publication number: 20130193272
    Abstract: Methods and systems for aerial delivery utilize expendable materials. An expendable aerial delivery system comprises wood, textile and/or other expendable materials, for example materials suitable for disposing via burning or crushing in a forward area. In this manner, valuable and/or expensive metal platforms can be eliminated from airdrops, thus preventing insurgent repurposing of these platforms into improvised explosive devices and other implements of warfare.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, JR.
  • Patent number: 8480034
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, an aerial delivery system configured to be deployed from an aircraft comprises a base, a sleeve generally configured to be positioned on the base, a bag configured to receive at least one liquid and a lid assembly attached to the bag using at least one strap. In some embodiments, the strap is attached to the bag in a manner that causes the bag to be selectively compromised once the aerial delivery system is deployed from an aircraft. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cellulose-based material. In other arrangements, the bag comprises polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Caylym Technologies International, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Goddard, Michael Perlongo
  • Patent number: 8480035
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, an aerial delivery system configured to be deployed from an aircraft comprises a base, a sleeve generally configured to be positioned on the base, a bag configured to receive at least one liquid and a lid assembly attached to the bag using at least one strap. In some embodiments, the strap is attached to the bag in a manner that causes the bag to be selectively compromised once the aerial delivery system is deployed from an aircraft. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cellulose-based material. In other arrangements, the bag comprises polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Caylym Technologies International, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Goddard, Michael Perlongo
  • Patent number: 8403267
    Abstract: An ejection system for ejecting a payload from a payload delivery vehicle is provided. The ejection system includes an airbag ejection system configured to eject the payload from the payload delivery vehicle, a payload separation system configured to selectively couple the payload to the airbag ejection system, and a controller configured to inflate the airbag ejection system and further configured to signal the payload separation system to release the payload from the airbag ejection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Thomas A. Olden
  • Patent number: 8387920
    Abstract: A device for launching unmanned missiles from an aircraft with a pallet, on which at least one container is provided to receive a missile. The container has an upper container section that has a pylon for the suspended, detachable support of the missile. The container has a lower container section that is embodied as a support area for the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: MBDA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Grabmeier
  • Patent number: 8387917
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting containers in an aircraft. A number of containers is loaded into the aircraft. The aircraft is comprised of first and second outer planar structures, a number of planar structures located between the first outer planar structure and the second outer planar structure, a wing, and a support structure. The first outer planar structure, the second outer planar structure, and the number of planar structures are substantially parallel to each other, are coupled to each other to form a fuselage structure, and are configured to receive the number of containers. The support structure connects the wing to a first bottom end of the first outer planar structure, a second bottom end of the second outer planar structure, and a number of bottom ends of the number of planar structures. The aircraft is operated to transport the number of containers to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Erik Grip, Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Publication number: 20120280085
    Abstract: A system including an extraction force transfer coupling link assembly is provided that extracts a cargo from an airborne aircraft with an extraction parachute and then deploys the cargo with a descent parachute. During a normal extraction the link assembly transfers a force from an extraction line to a deployment lanyard that deploys a descent parachute. In the event of a failed extraction, the assembly severs the deployment lanyard and jettisons the extraction parachute. The extraction force transfer coupling link assembly includes an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene rope that has one end of the deployment lanyard braided with the extraction line. The rope acts as both the extraction line for the cargo and the deployment lanyard for the descent parachute. By virtue of the ability to use a single rope, the link assembly is of simple construction and employs pyrotechnic cutters to effect the release of the extraction line and deployment lanyard rather than conventional mechanical interlocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Robert James Sinclair, John Allen Barnett, Robert Kelly Bresnahan Schauer
  • Publication number: 20120228432
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The releasable securing mechanisms may utilize one or more rotatable latch plates. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, JR.
  • Patent number: 8186624
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120061519
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, JR.
  • Patent number: 8123171
    Abstract: A load assisted release system for releasably connecting cargo to a primary delivery vehicle, including a releasable connector and a bridle. The bridle includes a bridle attachment point, a slack loop, a first stage release link connecting a slack loop upper end to a slack loop lower end, and a responsive point in the bridle responsive to a releasing of the first stage release link to cause the releasable connector to release the bridle from the primary delivery vehicle once the first stage release link is released and the responsive point has moved away from the slack loop upper end the second predetermined distance. The releasable connector is configured to connect the bridle to the primary delivery vehicle, and a release force required to move the responsive point in the bridle the second predetermined distance is generated by the cargo as it moves away from the primary delivery vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: S.E., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles O. McHugh, Scott Hilton, Frank Deazley
  • Patent number: 8083184
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8070104
    Abstract: A releasable deployment line for a parachute system is provided. The releasable deployment line may include a first segment of material including an aircraft end configured to be operably connected to an aircraft, and a release end configured to be operably connected to a first section of a multi-ring release system. The replaceable deployment line may further include a second segment of material including a container end configured to be operably connected to a parachute container, and a ring end configured to be operably connected to a second section of the multi-ring release system and a third segment of material. The third segment of material may include a parachute end configured to be operably connected to a parachute within the parachute container, and a pin end configured to be operably connected to a retaining pin associated with the first section of the multi-ring release system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Strong Enterprises
    Inventor: Francis Deazley
  • Publication number: 20110209602
    Abstract: A device for launching unmanned missiles from an aircraft with a pallet, on which at least one container is provided to receive a missile. The container has an upper container section that has a pylon for the suspended, detachable support of the missile. The container has a lower container section that is embodied as a support area for the missile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: LFK-LENKFLUGKORPERSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Michael GRABMEIER
  • Publication number: 20110133036
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, an aerial delivery system configured to be deployed from an aircraft comprises a base, a sleeve generally configured to be positioned on the base, a bag configured to receive at least one liquid and a lid assembly attached to the bag using at least one strap. In some embodiments, the strap is attached to the bag in a manner that causes the bag to be selectively compromised once the aerial delivery system is deployed from an aircraft. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cellulose-based material. In other arrangements, the bag comprises polypropylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Goddard, Michael Perlongo
  • Patent number: 7926764
    Abstract: A device for launching unmanned missiles from an aircraft with a pallet, on which at least one container is provided to receive a missile. The container has an upper container section that has a pylon for the suspended, detachable support of the missile. The container has a lower container section that is embodied as a support area for the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: LFK-Lenkflugkoerpersysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Grabmeier
  • Patent number: 7922123
    Abstract: A releasable deployment line for a parachute system is provided. The releasable deployment line may include a first segment of material including an aircraft end configured to be operably connected to an aircraft, and a release end configured to be operably connected to a first section of a multi-ring release system. The replaceable deployment line may further include a second segment of material including a container end configured to be operably connected to a parachute container, and a ring end configured to be operably connected to a second section of the multi-ring release system and a third segment of material. The third segment of material may include a parachute end configured to be operably connected to a parachute within the parachute container, and a pin end configured to be operably connected to a retaining pin associated with the first section of the multi-ring release system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Strong Enterprises
    Inventor: Francis Deazley
  • Patent number: 7891608
    Abstract: An aircraft for carrying cargo in one or more containers. The aircraft includes a fuselage structure having a plurality of nodes and a plurality of elements connecting the nodes to form a space frame in which to carry cargo. At least some of the nodes are positioned in the space frame based on dimensions of the one or more containers. The fuselage structure is more compact, lighter and less expensive compared to conventional semi-monocoque fuselages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Blaine K. Rawdon, Robert E. Grip
  • Patent number: 7861972
    Abstract: An object is deployed from an aircraft using gravity extraction of the object with the aid of a small parachute. The object is restrained in the fore and aft directions on either side of the center of gravity by fore and aft loading chains which hold the object to a loading deck. The chains are attached to the object by pear shaped rings mounted to a load plate. The load plate is supported on a lower attachment plate mounted to the object and is attached by a pin to an upper attachment plate also mounted to the object. Pulling the pin causes the load plate to rotate about a hinge formed on the lower attachment plate followed by release of the load plate from the lower attachment plate and the object to be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Airlaunch LLC
    Inventors: Martinus M. Sarigul-Klijn, Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn
  • Patent number: 7845595
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an aerial delivery system that provides for the controlled delivery of items from an aircraft into a selected drop zone. In accordance with the present invention, the aerial delivery system includes a base and a sidewall arrangement adjacent the base. The sidewall arrangement generally acts as a sleeve defining an inner volume. Within the inner volume is a tray or cassette configured to be moveable within the inner volume. Adjacent the sidewall arrangement opposite the base is a top cover. The top cover is generally oversized relative to the shape defined by the sidewall arrangement. A plurality of straps connects the top cover, sidewall arrangement and, optionally, the material within the inner volume. The aerial delivery system is activated by an air stream that catches the oversized top cover, forcing the separation between the top cover and the other portions of the aerial delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Caylym Technologies International, LLC
    Inventor: Richard V. Goddard
  • Patent number: 7690438
    Abstract: Characterized in that in a first stage are loaded or produced on board in a mother aircraft at least a product or mixed of products to act on forest fires, pests or atmospheric phenomena; in a second stage the said product is stored in a glider container with gliding flight ability and equipped with a precision guidance system; in a third stage the glider container is dropped from the mother aircraft and guided towards the release point of the load; in a fourth stage the glider container releases of its interior the load of product on the release point, and in a fifth stage the glider container is recovered for a following reusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Luís María Bordallo Álvarez
  • Publication number: 20090302164
    Abstract: An aerial delivery system is configured to allow delivery of one or more releasable items after the system is extracted from an aircraft. One or more linear guidance devices and releasable securing mechanisms allow the aerial delivery system to deploy one or more releasable items at an appropriate time. The one or more releasable items may be deployed simultaneously, or in a staged or staggered fashion. Through use of drag or lift-producing devices, the system may be recovered and reused. The attitude and/or azimuth orientation of the system may be varied prior to, during, and/or after release of a releasable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Roy L. Fox, JR.
  • Patent number: 7584928
    Abstract: A parachute control system is actuated primarily by drogue parachute drag force. Drag force is used as a proxy for vehicle airspeed. The control system uses altitude and force sensors combined with a chronograph to determine the state of a deployed drogue parachute. It then compares the sensed condition with a condition defined by preset altitude, force, and time values. Once both altitude and drogue parachute drag force are below certain maximum values and within pre-determined time windows, an event trigger signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: BRS, Incorporated
    Inventor: Frank Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 7458544
    Abstract: A system for launching a launch vehicles mounted beneath an aircraft. A mechanism which separates the launch vehicle from the carrier aircraft engages the launch vehicle, and prevents the launch vehicle from coming into contact with the carrier aircraft as the launch vehicle is dropped away from the launch vehicle. A lanyard extends from the carrier aircraft applies an impulse to the launch vehicle as it is separated from the aircraft causing the launch vehicle to rotate upwardly of the pitch plane. A drogue parachute applies a rearward force to the launch vehicle holding the rigid trapeze in engagement with the launch vehicle, and damping the rate of rotation in the pitch plane as the rotation of the pitch plane brings a launch vehicle to a substantially vertical launch attitude, were powered flight of launch vehicle is begun. The launch vehicle follows a trajectory that crosses behind the carrier aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Airlaunch LLC
    Inventors: Marti Sarigul-Klijn, Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn
  • Patent number: 7448577
    Abstract: An apparatus for dissipating shock load in a parachute delivery system has at least one strip of material having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a predetermined length. The apparatus also has a piercing member having a first portion for piercing through the strip of material and a second portion that defines an opening. The strip of material passes through the opening in the piercing member. The first end of the strip of material is configured to be attached to parachute suspension lines. In a preferred embodiment, the strip of material is a strip of woven webbing. When a predetermined tensile force acts upon the strip of material and the piercing member such that the first end of the strip of woven webbing is pulled in one direction and the piercing member is pulled in an opposite direction, tension is produced which causes the piercing member to stretch and break the lateral fibers of the strip of woven webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James Sadeck
  • Patent number: 7441511
    Abstract: A watercraft arresting system and method including an entanglement subsystem including at least two arms in a V-configuration. A deployment subsystem deploys the entanglement subsystem so the arms are spread apart in the water in the path of the watercraft to arrest it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Farinella, Mads Christian Schmidt, Scott Quigley
  • Patent number: 7338015
    Abstract: A launch vehicle is deployed from an aircraft using gravity extraction of the launch vehicle with the aid of a small parachute which assists the extraction and damps the yaw and pitch of the launch vehicle. The launch vehicle is supported on two rows of tires which are rotatably mounted to the aircraft. Gravity and the drag force of the parachute causes the launch vehicle to roll on the tires along the load deck and out of the aircraft. Because the extraction forces are dominated by gravity, the launch vehicle acquires a rotation in the pitch axis as the launch vehicle leaves the aircraft. After the launch vehicle clears the aircraft, the launch vehicle rotates in the pitch plane, and is damped in the pitch plane by the parachute to a pitch attitude which is 70-80° and the vehicle engine is ignited, detaching the drag parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Airlaunch LLC
    Inventors: Martinus M. Sarigul-Klijn, Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn
  • Patent number: 7252270
    Abstract: System for launching a missile from a launch region within the atmosphere of a planet, the missile being located within a flying vehicle before launching the missile, the system including a missile support coupled with the missile, and a foldable control-surface mechanism coupled with the missile support, the foldable control-surface mechanism being in a folded position before ejecting the missile support and the missile from the flying vehicle, the foldable control-surface mechanism moving from a folded position to an operational position after ejecting the missile support and the missile from the flying vehicle, wherein the foldable control-surface mechanism maneuvers the missile and the missile support to a predetermined orientation suitable for launching the missile, wherein the missile support is decoupled from the missile when the missile and the missile support are at the predetermined orientation, and wherein the missile is launched after reaching the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Mitzmacher
  • Patent number: 7172159
    Abstract: A parachute steering system allows load drops to be guided until being landed on a defined target. The steering system includes an upper platform and a lower platform, joined in articulated fashion. The upper platform incorporates a device for fastening the parachute thereto, while the lower platform has a device for anchoring the load. The two platforms are connected to each other through the use of an actuator system which allows the parallelism or inclination between them to be altered, also displacing the center of gravity of the parachute-load combination, and therefore allowing the direction of the displacement of the load to be altered, as well as the speed of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Zapirain
  • Patent number: 6824102
    Abstract: The capture of payloads carried by a descending parafoil is facilitated by the use of a trailing line from the parafoil that is snagged by a hook on a recovery line from a helicopter. The trailing line can be more easily snagged by the use of a drogue at its end to facilitate the extension of the trailing line. The trailing line can take the form of a loop extending from the parafoil canopy. The trailing line can actuate a slider to collapse the parafoil's suspension lines and canopy for easier handling by the capturing helicopter. Cutters can be installed on the lines holding the load to cut those lines when the recovery line pulls to hoist the load, thus separating the parafoil from the load as the load is lifted by the helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Roy A. Haggard
  • Patent number: 6789766
    Abstract: Cargo drop system and process (1) with a cargo (2), a cargo parachute (6) and an auxiliary parachute (7), which, by means of at least one ripcord (12; 12a, 12b), connects the auxiliary parachute (7) to the cargo glide chute (6), whereby a stabilization harness (14; 14a, 14b) is connected to the ripcord (12; 12a, 12b) on one side and to the cargo (2) on the other side, in order to attain a stable position of the cargo (2) relative to the ripcord (12; 12a, 12b), which is pulled by aerodynamic forces after the drop. A first trigger device (20) is provided for the release of the stabilization harness (14; 14a, 14b), and a second trigger device (40) is provided for the release of the cargo parachute (6) from the cargo (2), so that the cargo (2) hangs from a hanging device (60) on the cargo parachute (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Christof Horst
  • Publication number: 20040065779
    Abstract: The invention relates to the aerospace engineering and can be used for jettisoning boost rockets from an aircraft. The inventive device comprises a landing container (3) with an open end (4) provided with a high-pressure source (5). The freight to be jettisoned (2) is arranged in two sections inside the container (3) on mounting elements (10), one of which is embodied in the form of a calibrated support (9). The values of maximum efforts and acceptable lateral movements (13) of the supports (9) are chosen in such a way that a minimum positive allowance (12) between the container (3) and the freight (2) is provided. The supports (9) are provided with dampers. The aim of the invention is to reduce a transverse load affecting the freight to be jettisoned landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Anatoly Stepanovich Karpov, Robert Konstatinovich Ivanov, Jury Valdimirovich Monakhov, Mikhail Markovich Kovalevsky, Andrey Vladimirovich Borisov, Boris Alexandrovich Polyakov, Sergey Semovich Mashurov
  • Patent number: 6708926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to self contained, modular integrated deployment and retrieval system for use with an aircraft such as a helicopter. The deployment and retrieval system comprises a support frame, a winch connected to the support frame, a tow cable wound around the winch, which tow cable is connected to the external load, and a support structure connected to the support frame. The support structure is axially movable relative to the support frame for moving the external load so as to control the center of gravity of the aircraft and so as to deploy and retrieve the external load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Frank H. Bonisch