Storage And Release Patents (Class 244/147)
  • Patent number: 10118707
    Abstract: An aircraft includes an airframe parachute system. The parachute system includes an activation system, an extraction system, a harness system, and a parachute assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cirrus Design Corporation
    Inventors: Garrett John Homan, David A. Rathbun, Kevin P. Welsh, Jeremy Travis Engel, Anthony Dale Kasher
  • Patent number: 10071809
    Abstract: A trap system is presented for deployment of a reserve parachute. The trap system includes a trap line with a first end coupled to a main parachute and a trap attached to a surface of the container. The trap includes an outer perimeter to removably hold the trap line and an interior to removably hold the reserve bridle. A kit is also presented for converting a parachute container into an improved parachute container to deploy a reserve parachute. The kit includes an attachment to be secured to a surface of the parachute container. The attachment includes a trap line with a first end configured to be coupled to the first end of the RSL lanyard, and a trap secured to a region of the attachment, with an outer perimeter to removably hold a second end of the trap line and an interior to removably hold the reserve bridle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: WE DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventors: Dawn Michelle English, William George Weber
  • Patent number: 9950905
    Abstract: A cargo hook assembly employing a connector strap and a frame attached to a lower kicker, a clamp, an upper kicker, and a shaft assembly. A transverse flange of the connector strap engages a ledge of the lower kicker and propels the lower kicker towards the frame. A clip of the lower kicker rotates the clamp towards a closed position. A tongue of the clamp engages the shaft assembly at a tongue groove. A remote electrical module, a remote mechanical module, and a local mechanical release rotate the shaft assembly to engage or disengage the shaft assembly from the upper kicker and tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Capewell Aerial Systems LLC
    Inventors: Stephen T. Parkinson, Adam J. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9534902
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing video information for a vehicle. A number of prior images is selected from images generated by the vehicle. An object is seen in the number of prior images. A model of the vehicle is displayed in the number of prior images in a current position of the vehicle and with a size that is based on the current position of the vehicle relative to the object in the number of prior images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin R. Lutke
  • Patent number: 9141903
    Abstract: Indicating a movement of an ultrasonic tag is accomplished by a transducer operable to provide electrical signals caused by the movement. The movement can cause mechanical vibrations, sound vibrations, or pressure in the transducer, to generate the electrical signals. A controller can detect the electrical signal from the transducer generated by the movement, whereupon the controller obtains tag data and modulates the tag data to be supplied to a powered up emitter. The emitter transmits the modulated tag data in a transmission to an ultrasonic tag reader using an ultrasonic carrier sound wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniella N. Strat
  • Patent number: 9010691
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a parachute deployment system. The system may include a deployment spring arranged on a launch platform with a parachute that is foldable and positionable on an opposite side of the deployment spring from the launch platform. The system may also include a bridle line attached to the parachute, and a lanyard line having a first end and a second end. The first end of the lanyard line may be attached to the deployment spring, and the second end of the lanyard line may be attached to the launch platform. The system may also include a trigger system configured to initiate deployment of the parachute. Upon deployment, the deployment spring may be configured to launch the parachute and the bridle line substantially perpendicular to the launch platform. After deployment, the deployment spring and the lanyard line may be configured to hang from the launch platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ratner, Phillip Clarin
  • Patent number: 8876047
    Abstract: A harpoon head (6) for a system for anchoring an aircraft on a grating (4) is characterized in that a distal end of the harpoon head has an interchangeable insert (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: DCNS
    Inventor: Séverine Proutiere
  • Patent number: 8870123
    Abstract: A dual purpose deployment line for a parachute system is disclosed. The system includes a main line and a plurality of cascading release loops disposed proximate a first end of the main line. The plurality of cascading release loops are configured to be releasably secured to an aircraft anchor ring. The deployment line includes a release pin secured to a first end of the release line, where the release pin is in communication with the plurality of cascading release loops and adapted to pull free and release the cascading release loops from the anchor ring when a parachute is deployed. An optional locking pin is adapted to selectively secure the plurality of cascading release loops in place when desired to retain the deployment line to the anchor ring when the parachute is deployed and the release pin is pulled free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aerial Delivery Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Deazley, Scott Hilton
  • Patent number: 8628043
    Abstract: The safety device comprises a first bridle connecting a pilot chute of the reserve parachute to a deployment bag, a second bridle connecting the main parachute to the first bridle, a pin fastened to this first bridle and passed in a releasable manner in a loop formed on a locking bridle fastened to the locking pin and passed through a loop fastened to the second bridle and two eyelets formed through the first bridle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Aerazur
    Inventor: M. Gael Suze
  • Patent number: 8528866
    Abstract: A maintaining equipment with variable length side transverse strap segments in with the one side fastening strap, includes two pairs of saddle straps connected via saddle straps, to either the back transverse strap, back straps crossing the container backrest, or extension of the side transverse straps. The latter extends into a side fastening strap. A loop at a location locatable from the waist to the leg straps is run through by the side fastening strap or the side transverse strap. Strap tightening can occur at hooking or thereafter, allowing adjustment of the side transverse strap and the side fastening strap to maintain the container on the solo skydiver's back or maintain the passenger to the tandem pilot during freefall. Unlocking and/or loosening after canopy deployment elongates the side transverse strap with shortening of the side fastening strap allowing backward movement of the lower back and progression of the leg straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Fradet
  • 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: 8434722
    Abstract: A skydiving equipment with a drogue parachute to capture the deployment bag until the opening, and to suspend the parachutist(s) in a horizontal position during the free fall, while distributing the tension forces of the drogue parachute such that the ripcord operation is effortless, includes a first fastening strap bearing a lower tab and a second fastening strap bearing an upper tab to fasten the drogue parachute drogue bridle to the parachute pack at the desired level of the main container. A three-ring system connects the upper tab and the lower tab to the drogue parachute drogue bridle and is operational to effortlessly cause the release of the upper tab and the lower tab out of the drogue bridle simultaneously or successively, while the main container opens at a different time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Fradet
  • Patent number: 8403268
    Abstract: A pilot chute device is connected to a parachute canopy for deploying the parachute canopy out of a container adapted to be closed and opened and within which the parachute canopy is foldable. The pilot chute device includes an inflatable pilot chute adopted to assist the deployment of the parachute canopy, the inflatable pilot chute being foldable into the container, and a spring device adopted to push the inflatable pilot chute outside the container when the container is opened. The spring device is dispensed apart from the inflatable pilot chute, between the pilot chute and the parachute canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Aerazur
    Inventors: Gael Suze, Philippe Besnier
  • Patent number: 8387501
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rapidly severing a decoy towline extending from an aircraft by a mechanical spring actuated cutting blade and a thermal fuse type of release mechanism eliminating a pyrotechnic actuation device. The cutting blade is biased toward cutting engagement with the towline by a preloaded coil compression spring retained in the loaded position by a length of a polymer cord. The polymer cord has a heater wire wrapped about a portion of the cord which is connected to a DC voltage supply. The heater wire melts the cords when electrically connected to the DC power supply which releases the restraint on the spring which then drives the cutting blade into severing engagement with the towline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Jordan, Daniel J. Murphy, Douglas A. Fisher, Jr., Tyler Forbes
  • Patent number: 8328141
    Abstract: An apparatus for packing a parachute is presented, the apparatus including an expander member extending along a longitudinal axis and having at least a ramp portion that extends in the direction from a first end of the expander member to a second end of the expander member. The ramp portion has an outer surface expanding in perimeter shape from the first end to the second end of the expander member. A channel defined from inner surfaces of the ramp portion extends along the longitudinal axis from an opening at the second end of the expander member towards the first end. The first end of the expander member is configured to engage a substantially unexpanded loop of a stowage device and to expand the perimeter shape of the loop as the loop is moved along the longitudinal axis from the first end to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: William Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8263919
    Abstract: A surveillance vehicle (10) comprising a vessel (11) and a parasail (12). The vehicle (10) is loaded, in a pre-launch condition, into a mortar tube for projection therefrom towards an area of interest. In this pre-launch condition, the vessel (11) resembles a conventional mortar round and the parasail (12) is stowed within the vessel (11). Upon arrival at the area of interest, the parasail (12) is deployed from the vessel (11) and instrumentation collects survey data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Murphy, Crystal J. Taton, Leonard S. Raymond
  • Patent number: 8220751
    Abstract: A reefing slider for providing improved line management and canopy deployment characteristics of a ram air inflated airfoil type canopy. During initial descent of the parachute the slider, secured by retaining elements, is held against the canopy in the upper reefing position where it mechanically restricts canopy deployment while giving the canopy time to achieve proper orientation following the drop from the launching aircraft. Upon sufficient air flow into the canopy cells, the retaining elements separate, releasing the slider and enabling full opening of the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Airborne Systems North America of NJ, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean C. Berland
  • Patent number: 8091834
    Abstract: A reefing slider for providing improved line management and canopy deployment characteristics of a ram air inflated airfoil type canopy. During initial descent of the parachute the slider, secured by retaining elements, is held against the canopy in the upper reefing position where it mechanically restricts canopy deployment while giving the canopy time to achieve proper orientation following the drop from the launching aircraft. Upon sufficient air flow into the canopy cells, the retaining elements separate, releasing the slider and enabling full opening of the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Airborne Systems North America of NJ, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean C. Berland
  • Patent number: 8074934
    Abstract: A device, system and method of reserve parachute deployment comprising; a reserve bridle 2 connecting the reserve deployment bag 5 to the reserve pilot chute 4, and a lanyard 3 connecting the main parachute 1 to the reserve bridle 2 with a releasable attachment and a retention means of this attachment. This connection being placed onto a holding flap 17 of the reserve container 22, by releasable holding means. The system and method of realization allows the reserve parachute to be activated without cutting-away a main parachute, in a manner that the holding means are not released, while if the main parachute is cut away then the holding means release without the retention means doing so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Eric Fradet
  • Patent number: 8006936
    Abstract: In one form of the invention, a deployment control for releasing a rocket recovery device such as a parachute includes an electrical heating element extensible along a heat-severable reach of an elongate retainer capable of being wrapped closely about the recovery device to retain the recovery device in a compact form until the reach is severed as the result of electricity being supplied to the heating element to thereby release and deploy the recovery device. In other forms, an apparatus for cutting a heat meltable retainer to release and deploy a rocket recovery device includes a heating element extending along at least a short reach of the retainer, and a control device for supplying electricity to the heating element for heat severing the retainer reach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Warren W. Farr, III
  • Publication number: 20110168846
    Abstract: A parachute container system including: a reserve compartment; a main compartment; a reserve parachute pathway configured to enable a mechanical connection between a reserve parachute canopy and a reserve parachute connection point external to the parachute container system when a reserve parachute canopy is positioned in the reserve compartment; and a main parachute pathway configured to enable a mechanical connection between a main parachute canopy and a main parachute connection point external to the parachute container system when a main parachute canopy is positioned in the main compartment. When the parachute container system is positioned on a parachutist at least a portion of the reserve compartment is disposed between the main compartment and the parachutist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Edward Strong
  • Publication number: 20100163682
    Abstract: A hybrid parachute, method of deploying a parachute and method of landing a payload. The hybrid parachute utilizes a reefing system that provides for the initial deployment of a deceleration stage that is configured to withstand the stresses of high-speed and/or high altitude openings. The deceleration stage has operating characteristics similar to known high-speed parachutes. After sufficient deceleration has been achieved with the deceleration stage, reefings are released deploying one or more low-speed high drag stages of the device. The high drag stage(s) provide the landing characteristics of a low-speed parachute, including the possibility of controlled descent and landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS
    Inventor: Nicholas F. Jameson
  • Publication number: 20100044516
    Abstract: The recovery and rescue system includes a sail (5) with rigging (10) fitted around a spreader conduit (4), with an intake and outlet nozzle, wherein a starting system (6) is provided, including mechanical (12-13) and electromechanical (17-18) opening mechanisms, in the first case operated by a manual lever (16) and in the second case operated by a button (19). Air driven through the intake of the spreading conduit (4) activates the starting system (6) in order to spread the sail (5) and by parachute means retain or brake the aircraft wherein the said system assembly is fitted. Said system can be housed inside the aircraft in a container provided for the purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Francisco Javier Garcia Barrientos
  • Publication number: 20100001140
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventors: Charles O. McHugh, Scott Hilton, Frank Deazley
  • Publication number: 20090308979
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a parachute release device which may include a connecting element capable of connecting to an aircraft and to a parachute and a locking mechanism capable of releasing the connecting element from the aircraft upon being actuated by an actuator, wherein the parachute may be connected to the connecting element by a multiplicity of points, wherein the locking mechanism is adapted to inhibit a force from being applied to the actuator and wherein the device may be suitable for use in small weights aircrafts due to its small size and weight. The disclosure further provides a method for releasing a parachute from an aircraft, the method may include activating an actuator capable of releasing a locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism is adapted to release a connecting element from an aircraft upon being actuated, wherein the connecting element is adapted to connect a parachute and wherein the locking mechanism is adapted to inhibit a force from being applied to the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Ronen Nadir
  • Patent number: 7584927
    Abstract: A parachute deployment deceleration assist device for a jumper is disclosed that includes an inverted pocket formed from at least one web of material. The device further includes at least one removable harness attachment means fixed to a peripheral edge of the pocket. Each harness attachment means is selectively attachable to a harness assembly of a parachute between a canopy thereof and the jumper, preferably at a connector link and within easy reach of the jumper when the parachute is fully deployed. In use, before the canopy is inflated the inverted pocket inflates and aids in the deceleration of the jumper, reducing the shock experienced by the jumper upon full inflation of the canopy. Once the canopy is fully inflated and the jumper is falling at a substantially constant speed, the jumper may reach up to remove the device from the harness assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Tommy H Giles, III
  • Patent number: 7578480
    Abstract: A reefing apparatus for controlling inflation of a gliding wing parachute which has a generally rectangular or trapezoidal canopy with four outer corners. The reefing mechanism includes a primary reefing loop with four supplemental reefing loops movably secured thereto by loops and connected through mounting rings to the four corners of the canopy to retain it in a general cloverleaf shape during initial stages of deployment and responsive to cutting of the primary reefing loop for release thereof for allowing full deployment or deployment into another reefed stage of the gliding wing canopy. The suspension lines are divided into four groups primarily defined by the corner closest to the point of attachment between the suspension line and the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignees: Pioneer Aerospace Corporation, The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Thomas W. Bennett, Roy L. Fox, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090114761
    Abstract: An article for neutralizing an enemy weapon comprising an interceptor and a deployable net attached to the interceptor, said deployable net remaining attached to the interceptor upon deployment is disclosed. A method of neutralizing an airborne enemy weapon comprising launching an interceptor, with a capture sock, towards the enemy weapon and deploying the capture sock just prior to the interceptor encountering the enemy weapon is also disclosed. The capture sock remains attached to the interceptor upon deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: DESE Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold R. Sells, II
  • 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: 7419122
    Abstract: A parachute system having a parachute canopy having a skirt, and a plurality of gores spaced about the skirt. The plurality of gores is defined by first and second groups of gores. The parachute system includes a slider having a plurality of through-holes, a line loop attached to the slider, a first reefing line extending through the first group of gores and having a pair of ends attached to the line loop, and a second reefing line extending through the second group of gores and having a pair of ends attached to the line loop. A corresponding group of suspension lines passes through a corresponding through-hole in the slider. Each suspension line in each group of suspension lines is attached to a corresponding gore. A single reefing line cutter is engaged with the line loop and configured to cut the line loop after a predetermined amount of time has elapsed so as to release the reefing lines and allow the slider to slide down the suspension lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Calvin Lee
  • Patent number: 7416158
    Abstract: A continuous disreefing apparatus has a sleeve that has a diameter and is made from a flexible, resilient material that allows the sleeve to diametrically contract when the sleeve is under tension and to diametrically relax when such tension is substantially reduced or removed. The sleeve has a portion thereof configured for connection to a parachute suspension line. The continuous disreefing apparatus includes a reefing line that extends through the sleeve and is arranged for movement through the sleeve wherein the rate at which the reefing line moves through the sleeve is controlled by the amount of tension on the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James E. Sadeck
  • Publication number: 20080149775
    Abstract: A deployment brake release system for use with an airborne guidance unit (AGU) of a parachute suitable for precision cargo delivery. The parachute includes deployment brake lines secured at one end to the edge of the canopy and connected at the other end through looped ends to motor control lines. The motor control lines are, in turn, engaged with the motor of the AGU. The deployment brake release system includes at least one hook mount having a hook secured to the AGU frame. The looped ends of the deployment brake lines are engaged with the hook during rigging so that, upon deployment, opening forces are applied to the hook mount rather than the motor. After full canopy inflation, the motor, via the motor control lines, pulls on the brake line looped ends to disengage them from the hook, transferring subsequent canopy loads to the AGU motor for the remainder of the flight. A method for releasing the deployment brake lines is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Storm Dunker, Martin Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7293742
    Abstract: A reefing assembly for a circular parachute having a canopy including a skirt portion, and suspension lines attached to the skirt portion. The assembly includes a tension structure bounding a central opening and having a plurality of straight segments. A plurality of cords, each cord having two ends, are each fixed to one end of one of the tension structure straight segments to define a loop, and a plurality of rings slidably disposed on each of the loops. Each of the rings is slidably connected to at least one of the suspension lines. The rings are clustered together at a central portion of their respective loops, and upon deployment of the canopy, slide along their respective loops to become substantially equidistantly disposed on their respective loops. The assembly facilitates a restrained opening of the canopy and thereby reduces opening shock load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James Sadeck
  • Patent number: 7178761
    Abstract: A container apparatus for an object to be dropped, which contains an object to be dropped functioning as a point marker or a hydrographic conditions measuring device or the like and is dropped by a transport airplane such as an aircraft flying in the air to a water surface of sea, lake or the like, or to land or the like. The container apparatus follows a substantially uniform trajectory after being dropped by the transport airplane, and after being dropped, reduces the flight speed thereof to a fixed speed, to release the object to be dropped housed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Japan Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Wada, Saburo Ohashi, Shigeki Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 7059570
    Abstract: A guided aerial delivery device which can be used to safely and accurately deliver a payload and supplies from an aircraft in flight to a specific target location in a reduced time. The aerial delivery device uses an overloaded ram-air drogue parachute controlled by a guidance system to steer the payload towards the intended target. When a selected altitude is reached, a recovery parachute is activated and the payload descends the remaining distance under the recovery parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Edward Strong
  • Patent number: 7028951
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a parachute reefing system having a flexible ring section. The flexible ring section has a circumference. The reefing system includes a plurality of equidistantly spaced loops attached to the flexible ring section and a plurality of link members wherein each link member is attached to a corresponding loop and sized to allow at least one suspension line to pass therethrough. The reefing system also has a cross-connecting section comprising pair of intersecting members that are attached to the flexible ring section. The intersecting members are attached to each other at an intersection point that is coincident with the center of flexible ring section. The reefing system has a position cord having a first end attached to the intersection point and a second end opposite the first end. A yoke is attached to the second end of the position cord and has a vertex and at least two legs that extend from the vertex. Each leg extends from the vertex to a distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: James E. Sadeck
  • Patent number: 6805323
    Abstract: An automatic controlled parachute includes a parachute canopy, a flight controller and risers connecting the canopy to the flight controller. Pneumatic actuators are connected along the risers. The flight controller operates the pneumatic actuators to control the length of the risers. The direction of flight of the parachute is controlled by the length of the risers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Atair Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Preston
  • Patent number: 6712317
    Abstract: An aerial cargo container is described that includes a cargo box with a plurality of hinged rotor blades having a stowed position against the sides of the box and a deployed position extending outwardly from the box, and a deceleration and orientation assembly to slow the descent of the container and align the longitudinal axis of the container with the relative wind direction, thereby minimizing damage to the blades upon opening. The assembly includes a drogue chute, a blade retainer to secure the blades in the stowed position, and a folded metering cord attached between the drogue chute and the box, and a segment securing the blade retainer, whereby the cord segments unfold sequentially upon exertion of a force to slow and orient the container, prior to release of the blade retainer to permit movement of the blades to their deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventors: Charles V. Warren, Charles G. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 6705572
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses an emergency low altitude parachute having a parachute canopy 28 that inflates by the introduction of compressed gas. A compressed gas canister 30 is located within the housing of the inflatable portion of the device and is activated by an activation ring 24. The device is stored within a carrying case 16 prior to use. When the low altitude emergency parachute 14 is removed from its storage case, the user 12 attaches the attachment harness 32 to their body. A helmet 22 with breathing apparatus is supplied. Once the user 12 is harnessed in, the device is held in the front of the body and an activation ring 24 is provided as means of activating the compressed gas canister 30. Once activated the parachute pontoons fill with the gas rapidly, expanding them and unfolding the parachute canopy 28. The device 10 is then released through the threshold 26 of the escape route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Karim S Christopher
  • Publication number: 20040026569
    Abstract: An automated quick release mechanism for a three ring release includes a pneumatic or hydraulic cylinder with a hardened metal pin. The pin engages a string loop of the three ring release. An internal spring holds the pin in an extended position. A controller external to the automated quick release mechanism provides a gas or fluid pressure to withdraw the pin and disengage the string loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel Preston
  • Patent number: 6655636
    Abstract: A system is provided for slowing the speed of a product released into the air from an aircraft. A flexible material wrapped about a product includes a tethered portion thereof that is collapsible against the product prior to release thereof from the aircraft. The tethered portion expands to form an air drag device after the product is released from the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Elan Moritz, Helmut Portmann
  • Patent number: 6651934
    Abstract: A rescue system for rescuing persons by air, particularly from tall buildings or airplanes, has a receptacle with at least one parachute or paraglider. A harness for the parachute or paraglider is connected to the receptacle. The receptacle is constructed as a closable package with a substantially cuboid or suitcase-like shape and also has an opening mechanism. The harness for the parachute or paraglider is disposed inside the closed receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Markus Villinger
  • Patent number: 6511018
    Abstract: An air drop container assembly for providing an improved air-drop container for the military and emergency operations. The air drop container assembly includes a container having a top wall, a bottom wall, side walls, and a plurality of compartments disposed therein; and also includes a parachute assembly including a cover being removably disposed upon the top wall of the container and also including a parachute member being removably attached to the container; and further includes a cargo protection assembly being disposed in the container; and also includes a weight assembly also being disposed in the container for providing the container with proper flight orientation as the container is falling through air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Willie M. Parson
  • Patent number: 6511019
    Abstract: A short-haul escape system includes an elongated line for detachable suspension from a support member on an airborne vehicle, a load-carrying receptacle attached to an end of the line, a container attachable to the airborne vehicle in proximity to the support member thereon and releasably stowing a parachute such that the parachute can be pulled from the container, and a flexible strap attached to the parachute stowed in the container and extending from the container and secured to the short-haul line such that upon detaching the line from the support member of the airborne vehicle, which will cause the line and receptacle to fall away from the airborne vehicle, the flexible strap will pull the parachute from the container so that the parachute can inflate and slow the fall of the line and receptacle to a soft landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Sugden
  • Patent number: 6471160
    Abstract: A flying drone includes a flight control computer, a parachute system with a parachute, a power supply system, a propulsion system, and an actuating drive system, without any of these systems being redundantly duplicated. To prevent uncontrolled crashing of the drone due to a critical error of any subsystem, signals or data are supplied from the power supply system, the propulsion system, and the actuating drive system, to an error detection or recognition device, which detects defined errors or error combinations in the provided signals or data and then supplies a deployment signal to the parachute system, which responsively generates a control signal that triggers an ejection mechanism to eject the parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfram Grieser
  • Publication number: 20020053626
    Abstract: A short-haul escape system includes an elongated line for detachable suspension from a support member on an airborne vehicle, a load-carrying receptacle attached to an end of the line, a container attachable to the airborne vehicle in proximity to the support member thereon and releasably stowing a parachute such that the parachute can be pulled from the container, and a flexible strap attached to the parachute stowed in the container and extending from the container and secured to the short-haul line such that upon detaching the line from the support member of the airborne vehicle, which will cause the line and receptacle to fall away from the airborne vehicle, the flexible strap will pull the parachute from the container so that the parachute can inflate and slow the fall of the line and receptacle to a soft landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventor: Richard Sugden
  • Patent number: 6382564
    Abstract: A flexible linkage system for connecting an environmentally sealed apparatus such as a parachute system to an external apparatus such as a parachute harness, the system comprising an internal link and an external link. The internal link is completely within the sealing packaging and is directly attached to the sealed apparatus. The internal link has a looped end wherein the sealing packaging is sealed around the internal link and joined in the center of the loop. A portion of the sealing is cut away from the center of the loop, thereby forming a void surrounded by the loop and the sealing material. The external link comprises a loop and a connecting hardware anchored to the external link. The loop in the external link is threaded through the center of the loop in the inner link and then it is connected to the connecting hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Simula, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Sego, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6378808
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a parachute release device provided to be mounted on a parachute, which parachute is provided to be attached to an object. The device has a data processing system having a release signal output and a memory provided for storing data. The data processing system is provided for generating a release signal for opening a parachute. The device further has altitude determining device connected to said data processing system and provided for determining altitude values; and time determination means provided for determining the free fall duration as from the start of the dive. The memory is provided for storing a plurality of series of theoretical dive data, said theoretical dive data indicating for each distance value a corresponding theoretical time. The data processing system is further provided for selecting a series of theoretical dive data in function of the determined altitude values and the determined free fall duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Jo Smolders
  • Patent number: 6354539
    Abstract: A parachute for decelerating an object is provided which includes a parachute canopy having an apex and a base and rigging lines attached to the base and attached to the object. The parachute canopy and the rigging lines are configured as a reefed pack with the parachute canopy being folded into a plurality of concentric folds one upon the other from the base to the apex across the full height of the parachute canopy. The parachute may also include a plurality of control lines associated with respective ones of the concentric folds of the parachute canopy to form therewith individual deployment zones. A control apparatus for controlling the targeted release of the folds controls line cutters to cut the respective control lines associated with the individual deployment zone to be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Autoflug GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Holger Hansen