Collapsible, Foldable Or Adjustable Patents (Class 343/915)
  • Patent number: 11901605
    Abstract: The invention is directed to deployable reflectarray antenna structure. In one embodiment, the deployable reflectarray antenna structure includes a pair of flexible electrical elements, a feed antenna, and a deployment mechanism that employs a plurality of tapes to respectively transition the pair of flexible electrical elements from an undeployed state in which the elements are folded towards a deployed state in which the deployment mechanism and electrical elements cooperate to form a reflectarray and a subreflector of a reflectarray antenna structure. Further, the deployment mechanism also operates to position the reflectarray and subreflector relative to one another and to the feed antenna so as to realize a reflectarray antenna structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: M.M.A. Design, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Harvey, Toby J. Harvey, Leslie A. Seal
  • Patent number: 11901629
    Abstract: Deployable reflector system includes a support structure and a reflector surface secured to the support structure. The support structure transition from a compact stowed configuration to a larger deployed configuration to deploy the reflector surface. The reflector surface is comprised of a carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet. The sheet is intricately folded in accordance with a predetermined folding pattern to define a compact folded state. This predetermined folding pattern is configured to permit automatic extension of the CNT sheet from a compact folded state to a fully unfolded state. The unfolding operation occurs when a tension force is applied to at least a portion of the peripheral edge of the CNT sheet. In some scenarios, the support structure can comprise a circumferential hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Eagle Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Peterson, Andrew Bucossi
  • Patent number: 11892661
    Abstract: A doubly curved reflector for compact storage in a folded state includes a plurality of gores, each gore having on either long side a gore side curve. At least one hinge is mechanically coupled between each adjacent gore, the at least one hinge including a fold roll hinge or a living hinge. In a stowed doubly curved reflector state each gore folds about the at least one hinge when folded closed such that a face surface of each gore folds against an adjacent face surface of another gore into a substantially cylindrical structure. In a deployed doubly curved reflector state, each hinge. A doubly curved reflector for compact storage in a folded state and a locked open state, a method of manufacture, and a method for designing a substantially wrinkle free doubly curved foldable reflector having gores of a composite material are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Opterus Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Murphey, Patrick Alexander Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11878816
    Abstract: A reusable modular spacecraft has a spacecraft bus structure configured to support spacecraft subsystems, at least one interchangeable housing component configured to be interchangeably received and supported by the bus structure, and a wireless system configured to permit wireless communication between the at least one interchangeable housing component and spacecraft subsystems supported by the bus structure. In embodiments of the spacecraft, the wireless system includes a wireless hub and a wireless coordinator for wireless transmission of data between the at least one interchangeable housing component and the spacecraft subsystems. An electrical/power transfer interface unit is provided to the at least one interchangeable housing component for transferring electricity, power, data and/or providing thermal management and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Scott Weintraub, Nolan Coulter
  • Patent number: 11870154
    Abstract: A circuit has at least one amplifier and a signal routing device such as one or more switches, and an array of antenna elements from which some subset must be enabled and processed at a time. The antenna elements can be grouped in accordance with an organization scheme (e.g., rows, columns) to enable more flexibility in selecting and routing the signals. The system is used to create one or more beams, which can be pointed (steered) to a wide range of directions by means of selecting one or more feed antennas in a switched-feed antenna without including full receive and transmit circuitry (DSP, frequency conversion) for each feed in the array. In this case, minimizing the number of DSP chains is desirable to reduce the cost, power, and complexity of the antenna. The resulting beam(s) can be combined and manipulated to support multiple users, track several targets, increase operational range, increase radar resolution, or data-rate in communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: All.Space Networks Limited
    Inventors: Sebastian Diebold, Vikas Sharma, Brian Murphy Billman, Jeremiah P. Turpin
  • Patent number: 11862840
    Abstract: Perimeter truss reflector includes a perimeter truss assembly (PTA) comprised of a plurality of battens, each having an length which traverses a PTA thickness as defined along a direction aligned with a reflector central axis. A collapsible mesh reflector surface is secured to the PTA such that when the PTA is in a collapsed configuration, the reflector surface is collapsed for compact stowage and when the PTA is in the expanded configuration, the reflector surface is expanded to a shape that is configured to concentrate RF energy in a predetermined pattern. Each of the one or more longerons extend around at least a portion of a periphery of the PTA. These longerons each comprise a storable extendible member (SEM) which can be flattened and rolled around a spool, but exhibits beam-like structural characteristics when unspooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: EAGLE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Taylor, Philip J. Henderson
  • Patent number: 11837781
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an antenna using a radome (10) comprising a front portion (30) and a rear portion (20), the front and rear portions (20, (30) configured to define an interior cavity in which an antenna arrangement is received, the method comprising placing an antenna panel on an inside of one of the front and rear portions, and bringing the portions together, whereby the front portion (30) includes a peripheral channel region (31) configured to contain an adhesive sealant (60) and receive a peripheral edge (21) of the rear portion (20) that is partially submerged in the adhesive sealant (60) before it cures. Additional mechanical fastening clip engagement members (23; 33) are provided inside both the front and rear portions (20; 30) that engage with one another and mechanically secure the radome front and rear portions (20; 30) to each other, in addition to the adhesive joint provided by the adhesive sealant (60) once cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: NetComm Wireless Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Paul Mathieu
  • Patent number: 11791561
    Abstract: A computer assisted method for manufacturing a foldable paraboloid antenna includes election of a two-dimensional radial Origami pattern with triangular cells and election of a paraboloid surface. The Origami pattern is projected from the paraboloid surface focus onto the paraboloid surface to print the Origami pattern on the paraboloid surface, obtaining triangles with curved sides. A pattern with triangles with straight sides on the paraboloid surface is obtained by joining vertices of the projected curved-sided triangles. The method includes scaling and calculating centroids of the triangles, to reduce each triangle referenced on the corresponding centroid and to determine spacing, obtaining a mesh with segments and triangular cells delimited by the segments. The triangular cells have triangles of reflective rigid material. The mesh is flexible, so each segment width is at least the sum of the thicknesses of two adjacent rigid triangles, and periphery cells have a rounded outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE S.A.
    Inventors: Alfonso Parra Rubio, Álvaro Jara Rodelgo, Carlos Enrique Montesano Benito
  • Patent number: 11784415
    Abstract: A deployable assembly for antennae includes a structure having a reflective surface and n pairs of segments, each pair of segments corresponding to one side of a deployed polygonal shape. N hinge joints are between the two segments of a side. N hinged angular links are between every two adjacent sides. The structure is changeable from a stowed substantially cylindrical shape into a deployed substantially planar polygonal shape with n sides. A deployable boom is between two segments. The boom lays stowed between the two segments before deployment and ends in a feeder electromagnetically feeding the antenna and includes a clamping element for keeping the structure closed when stowed. The feeder acts as structural support element when stowed and electromagnetic feeder for the antenna when deployed. A cable network shapes the reflective surface, with corresponding cables held by tensor elements protruding from the back of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE S.A.
    Inventors: José Luis Mora Plaza, Fernando José Cespedosa Castán
  • Patent number: 11757197
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for electrical addressing for an antenna (e.g., a metamaterial radio-frequency (RF) antenna are described. In one embodiment antenna comprising: a plurality of radio-frequency (RF) radiating antenna elements located in a plurality of rings; and matrix drive circuitry coupled to the plurality of RF radiating antenna elements to drive the antenna elements, wherein the matrix drive circuitry to uniquely address each of the antenna elements using a matrix of a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns with a non-grid-based addressing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Kymeta Corporation
    Inventors: Cagdas Varel, Steven Howard Linn
  • Patent number: 11721909
    Abstract: An antenna structure may include a solid antenna structure and a mesh antenna structure. The mesh antenna structure may be coupled to an outer edge of the solid antenna structure through two or more ribs. The two or more ribs may be configured to extend away from the solid antenna structure to expand the mesh antenna structure and increase a surface area of the antenna structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Yi
  • Patent number: 11704929
    Abstract: An optical structure is provided. The optical structure includes an optical element and a plurality of protrusions. The optical element has a planarized top surface. The plurality of protrusions are disposed on the planarized top surface, wherein each of the plurality of protrusions independently has a size in the subwavelength dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: VISERA TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Chin-Chuan Hsieh, Yueh-Ching Cheng, Shih-Yu Ho
  • Patent number: 11688932
    Abstract: An antenna includes ribs that have been folded to fit within a frame, a conductive mesh coupled to the ribs, an arm that has been folded to fit within the frame, and a feed disposed at a distal end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: HEDRON SPACE INC.
    Inventors: Hayden Burgoyne, Weston Alan Marlow, Joseph Atkinson
  • Patent number: 11677133
    Abstract: A deployable structure for use in establishing a reflectarray antenna is provided that includes a flexible reflectarray and a deployment structure that includes an endless pantograph for deploying the flexible reflectarray from a folded, undeployed state towards a deployed state in which the flexible reflectarray is substantially planar. In a particular embodiment, the deployment structure includes a plurality of tapes that engage the endless pantograph and are used to establish a positional relationship between the deployed reflectarray and another component of the reflectarray antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: M.M.A. Design, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Harvey, Toby J. Harvey, Mitchell T. Wiens, Mark A. Bailey, Shane E. Stamm, Christopher A. Pelzmann
  • Patent number: 11658424
    Abstract: A deployable reflector for an antenna is disclosed. The deployable reflector comprises a deployable membrane configured to adopt a pre-formed shape in a deployed configuration, and an electrically conductive mesh disposed on a surface of the membrane wherein the electrically conductive mesh is configured to permit relative lateral movement between the electrically conductive mesh and the membrane during deployment of the reflector. In the deployed configuration, the conductive mesh adopts the shape of the membrane and forms a reflective surface of the reflector. A method of manufacturing the deployable reflector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Oxford Space Systems Limited
    Inventors: Richard Bracey, Juan Reveles
  • Patent number: 11646491
    Abstract: A system includes one or more antennas; and a processor to control a directionality of the antennas in communication with a predetermined target using 5G protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 11611392
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a satellite communication system includes a satellite constellation including a plurality of satellites in non-geosynchronous orbit (non-GEO), wherein at least some of the plurality of satellites travel in a first orbital path at a first inclination, and an end point terminal having an earth-based geographic location, the end point terminal having an antenna system defining a field of regard for communicating with the satellite constellation, wherein the field of regard is a limited field of regard, wherein the field of regard is tilted from a non-tilted position to a tilted position, and wherein the tilt angle of the tilted position is a function of the latitude of the geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Duncan E. Adams, David Milroy, Jonathan François Cornelis Herman, Jessica D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11568501
    Abstract: In particular, a method performed by one or more devices is disclosed, the method comprising: obtaining a first intensity information item (210) representative of a spectral image (208) resulting from an soiling (202, 302) of a textile (200, 304); obtaining a second intensity information item (212, 214) representative of a spectral image (216) characteristic of at least one property of at least one part of the textile (200, 304); determining at least one treatment parameter, wherein the determination of the treatment parameter takes place dependent both on the composition of the soiling (202, 302) from the first intensity information item (210) and on the at least one property of at least the part of the textile (200, 304) from the second Intensity information item (212, 214); and outputting or triggering an outputting of the at least one treatment parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Arnd Kessler, Lars Zuechner, Peter Schmiedel, Christina Roeleke
  • Patent number: 11539128
    Abstract: A 2.2M offset antenna includes a reflector hub; a positioner for supporting the reflector hub; a plurality of reflector panels including a first plurality of side panels and a second plurality of side panels, the first plurality of side panels and the second plurality of side panels each being selectively securable to the reflector hub; each side panel of the first plurality of side panels being uniquely sized relative to the other side panels of the first plurality of side panels such that the first plurality of side panels may be nested together in a stacked configuration when separated from reflector hub; and each side panel of the second plurality of side panels being uniquely sized relative to the other side panels of the second plurality of side panels such that the second plurality of side panels may be nested together in a stacked configuration when separated from reflector hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: AvL Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Wilde, Alan Eugene Ellis
  • Patent number: 11505340
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing in space a rigid structure having a lattice is disclosed. The method includes creating of at least two framework elements from a coil of metal strip or wire, and creating of the lattice by cold-connecting the framework elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
    Inventors: Delphine Carponcin, Christophe Figus
  • Patent number: 11414217
    Abstract: A large reflector inflatable telescope. The telescope has an inflatable hull with a conical lower portion and a hemispherical upper portion. The conical portion is transparent to electromagnetic waves so that radio or light waves can reach an inner reflector, which is interposed between the conical portion and the hemispherical portion. The presence of the inner reflector allows the conical portion and the hemispherical portion to be inflated at different pressures such that the reflector becomes spherical or parabolic. If desired, the reflector can be made adjustable with a membrane behind the reflector that provides electro-static force to shape the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: William Dean Perry, Ira Steve Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11223139
    Abstract: An expandable antenna includes: a plurality of ribs arranged with a regulated angular pitch at an outer circumferential portion of a hub; and a metal mesh installed between the plurality of adjacent ribs, wherein each of the plurality of ribs is formed in a horizontally elongated thin flat plate shape with elasticity, and a segment to which the metal mesh is attached is formed in a parabolic shape. A flat plane of each of the plurality of ribs is arranged so as to be substantially parallel to a central axis of the hub. The object of the present invention is to provide the expandable antenna which can be easily expanded in outer space with a simple structure and can realize a desired shape after expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR Q-SHU PIONEERS OF SPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Onishi, Tetsuo Yasaka, Kazuo Kuno, Yohei Koga
  • Patent number: 11183768
    Abstract: A method for deploying a trough structure. The methods comprise: causing a first telescoping segment to move in a first direction away from a proximal end of a telescoping boom; and transiting a flexible element from an untensioned state to a tensioned state as the first telescoping segment is moved in the first direction. The flexible element is coupled to a distal end of the first telescoping segment by a first bulkhead and is coupled to a distal end of a second telescoping segment by a second bulkhead. The first telescoping segment is coupled to the second telescoping segment of the boom when the first telescoping segment reaches an extended position. The flexible element has a parabolic trough shape when in the tensioned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: EAGLE TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Taylor, David Lopez, Timothy L. Fetterman, Stephen Jenkins, Christopher Rose, Philip J. Henderson
  • Patent number: 11081775
    Abstract: A deployable structure includes a plurality of interconnected elongated support members, deployed from a stowed state to an expanded state in which the support members are arranged in a ring. Each support member is provided with a connector (28) for longitudinal movement during deployment with respect to the support member. An actuating support member (27) has a drive member (50) for longitudinal movement with respect to the actuating support member, and an electromagnetic device arranged to drive the drive member in one direction with respect to the actuating support member. The drive member is connected to the connector by a lost motion connector, thus the connector is capable of moving in said one direction even if the drive member is not moved by the electromechanical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: OXFORD SPACE SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Juan Reveles-Wilson, Vincent Fraux, Martin Humphries
  • Patent number: 11014828
    Abstract: An inflatable non-imaging solar concentrator based concentrating solar thermal and photovoltaic system powered water desalination system comprises a concentrating electricity and heat cogeneration subsystem, a battery storage subsystem, a thermal storage subsystem with electric heater, a thermal power regeneration subsystem, and a water distillation system with electric heater. The inflatable non-imaging solar concentrator makes the concentrating system substantially low cost, and the hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic panels used to construct the cogeneration receiver make the system ultra-high efficient. The cogenerated thermal energy is stored in a thermal storage and the cogenerated electric energy is stored in a battery storage to heat the stored thermal energy to pre-set high temperature for thermal power regeneration. The thermal energy after thermal power generation is used to desalinize water with assistance of electric heater powered by the stored electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Yonghua Wang
  • Patent number: 10916859
    Abstract: An inflatable antenna is disclosed herein that is capable of being deployed in space and other suitable environments and configured to improve RF performance and mechanical stability. Related methods for manufacturing and deploying such inflatable antennas are also described. The inflatable antenna can be configured to form a Gregorian dual reflector confocal parabolic antenna system when inflated. Various antenna structures, mechanisms, and manufacturing and deployment techniques are also disclosed herein that improve the precision and accuracy of RF reflective surfaces of the primary and secondary reflectors, confocal alignment of the primary and secondary reflectors, mechanical stability, and/or to improve the range of RF operation. The inflatable antenna can be manufactured and deployed with less complexity and more precision than existing inflatable antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Alan J. Fenn, Jesse Mills, Frank Robey, James W. Finnell, Jr., Bakari Hassan, Sean Crowley
  • Patent number: 10847892
    Abstract: An antenna having a feed horn assembly, a parabolic reflector assembly, and a mounting bracket assembly. The feed horn assembly has a circuit board housing having first and second molded housing halves and a main support arm. The feed horn assembly is adjustable, whereby the main support arm is adjusted from a collapsed configuration to an elongated configuration and vice-versa. The feed horn assembly further has a printed circuit board, a coaxial feed cable, an arm holder, and a coaxial radio frequency connector. The printed circuit board is triangular in shape. The circuit board housing houses the printed circuit board. The main support arm has a plurality of arm adjustment holes and extends from the arm holder to the circuit board housing. From the collapsed configuration to the elongated configuration there are intermediate configurations. The antenna has single polarization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Antenna World Inc.
    Inventor: Raul J. Pla
  • Patent number: 10598174
    Abstract: An air compressor includes a tank unit that stores compressed air, a motor unit that generates compressed air to be stored in the tank unit, a pressure detection unit that detects a pressure value in the tank unit, and a control unit that drives the motor unit when a pressure value in the tank unit detected by the pressure detection unit is equal to or less than a motor start pressure value, and stops the motor unit when the pressure value in the tank unit detected by the pressure detection unit is equal to or greater than a motor stop pressure value. The control unit changes at least either of the motor start pressure value or the motor stop pressure value every time when a predetermined time passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ohkubo, Tsutomu Yoshida, Haruaki Akasaka
  • Patent number: 10532830
    Abstract: A stackable pancake satellite that is configured so that a plurality of the satellites can be stacked within a payload fairing of a launch vehicle. Each satellite includes sections that are folded or rotated together prior to launch, and unfolded or rotated away from each other when deployed. A first section is a satellite body having a first side that acts as a thermal radiator and a second side opposite the first side that includes an antenna. A second section includes one or more solar panels attached adjacent to the first side of the satellite body. A third section includes a splash plate reflector attached adjacent to the second side of the satellite body that reflects signals between Earth and the antenna. When deployed, the solar panels are pointed towards the Sun and the splash plate reflector directs the signals between the Earth and the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory Clayton Busche
  • Patent number: 10516216
    Abstract: Reflector antenna system includes a hoop assembly comprising a plurality of link elements which are rigid and extend between a plurality of hinge members, the hoop assembly expandable between a collapsed condition where the link elements are substantially parallel to one another and an expanded condition wherein the link elements define a circumferential hoop around a central axis. The hoop assembly defines a plurality of N rectangular sides, each comprised of an X-member including first and a second link element in a crossed configuration. A plurality of tension elements extend around the periphery of the side and apply tension between opposing ends of the first and second link elements in directions aligned with the top, bottom and two opposing sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Eagle Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Richard I. Harless, Joshuo Feys
  • Patent number: 10256530
    Abstract: A reflector assembly including a truss engaging the first net at a first plurality of points along the first net perimeter edge and engaging a second net at a second plurality of points along the second net perimeter edge. A truss deployment assembly moves the truss between a truss stowed condition and a truss deployed condition, the truss in the truss deployed condition tensioning said first net or said second net to maintain a substantially flat or parabolic net outer surface. A reflector disposed at the first net sends or receives remote data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Tendeg LLC
    Inventors: Gregg E. Freebury, Neal J Beidleman
  • Patent number: 10199711
    Abstract: A balloon reflector antenna for a satellite, including a spherical balloon with a surface transparent to electromagnetic waves and a reflective surface opposite the transparent surface. The balloon reflector antenna may further include a feed system extending from the center of the balloon that receives electromagnetic waves reflected off the reflective surface and/or outputs electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: The Arizona Board Of Regents On Behalf Of The University of Arizona, Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Christopher K. Walker, Ira Steve Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9960498
    Abstract: A foldable radio wave antenna includes a foldable parabolic reflector member formed a foldable tension member attachable to the peripheral rim of the reflector member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Clayton, Paul A. Gierow
  • Patent number: 9899743
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an antenna that has a parabola-shaped, flexible reflector member and one or more radial ribs embedded in the flexible reflector member and arranged to bias the reflector member in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Clayton, Paul A. Gierow
  • Patent number: 9891534
    Abstract: Optical modules used in exposure processes, in particular to optical modules of microlithography systems, are disclosed. Methods for deforming an optical element of an optical module as well as to optical imaging arrangements, optical imaging of methods and a method of manufacturing an optical element, are also disclosed. The disclosed technology may be used in the context of photolithography processes for fabricating microelectronic devices, in particular semiconductor devices, or in the context of fabricating devices, such as masks or reticles, used during such photolithography processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Patent number: 9637922
    Abstract: A collapsible truss and method that is particularly suitable for staging and lighting, for shows, performances and other events. This evolved and novel modular truss can be collapsed to a significantly smaller size (i.e. increased density), and consequently requires significantly less space for storage and transportation. Further, in addition to the advantage of rapid assembly from collapsed parts to a full truss, the modular construction of the truss provides cost effective repair of this truss over traditional rigid welded trusses by simple replacement of damaged parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TomCat USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dayne Cook, William Scott Johnson
  • Patent number: 9555904
    Abstract: Gossamer apparatus and systems for use with spacecraft may include a deployable gossamer apparatus. The deployable gossamer apparatus may include a plurality rib members and gossamer material extending therebetween and may be configured in a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration. The rib members of the deployable gossamer apparatus store potential energy used for deployment of the deployable gossamer apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ANALYTICAL MECHANICS ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: John Luther Abrams, Matthew Ernest Duchek
  • Patent number: 9368876
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an in-service reconfigurable antenna reflector comprising a rigid support and a membrane, deformable and having radio-electric reflectivity properties. According to the invention, the reflector comprises a plurality of coupling means connecting the rigid support and the membrane, comprising a first link of finger ball joint type connected to the rigid support, and a second link of finger ball joint type connected to the membrane. Each coupling means furthermore comprises a linear actuator, comprising a rotary motor and a screw-nut assembly, connected to the two links of finger ball joint type, and able to generate, in an operational configuration, a translational motion allowing the deformation of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignees: Thales, Centre National d'Etude Spatiales (CNES)
    Inventors: Jerome Brossier, Ludovic Schreider, Serge Depeyre, Victorien Belloeil, Leri Datashvili
  • Patent number: 9281569
    Abstract: A reflector is provided according to various embodiments. The reflector may include a backing structure having various configurations. The backing structure, for example, can comprise a plurality of trusses, flexible couplings, stiffeners, and crossbeams in any number of arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Dana Turse, Philip N. Keller, Larry Adams
  • Patent number: 9246433
    Abstract: An airborne photovoltaic solar system, comprising a parabolic reflector-concentrator (110, 1210), spread by wind, a solar panel (102, 1202) raised to high altitude using at least one lighter than air balloon (103, 1201), tracking the sun using aerodynamic surfaces and/or changes in buoyancy, relying on wind and/or cold air to cool the solar panel in one embodiment, as well as related methods and variations and alternatives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Leonid Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9222259
    Abstract: A high impact and load bearing building panel includes a first magnesium oxide board, a phenolic resin sheet, an expanded polystyrene layer, and a second magnesium oxide board. The phenolic resin sheet is laminated with the expanded polystyrene layer, and the first magnesium oxide board is laminated with the phenolic resin sheet opposite of the expanded polystyrene layer. The second magnesium oxide board is laminated with the expanded polystyrene layer opposite of the phenolic resin sheet. The high impact and load bearing building panel is used for building construction to constructs exterior walls, interior walls, roofs, floors, and foundation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Gillman
  • Patent number: 9153860
    Abstract: A mechanical support ring structure for supporting a deployable space reflector antenna. The mechanical support ring structure is convertible from a folded state into a deployed state and includes a ring-shaped pantograph having a plurality of circumferentially arranged pantograph sections which are deployable for converting the mechanical support ring structure from the folded state into the deployed state, and a plurality of circumferentially arranged support rods, each pantograph section being arranged between a respective pair of support rods, wherein each pantograph section includes one or more pairs of pantograph rods which intersect crosswise with each other at a respective crossing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
    Inventors: Shota Tserodze, Nodar Tsignadze, Elguja Medzmariashvili, Leri Datashvili, Julian B. Santiago Prowald
  • Patent number: 9112282
    Abstract: A passive intermodulation modulation reducing structure for a multicarrier reflector system, including a plurality of flexible reflector gores, each gore having a thin layer of conductive metal, a first layer of dielectric material laminated to one face of the conductive metal, and a second layer of dielectric material laminated to an opposite face of the conductive metal. Capacitive coupling joins the reflector's RF components. The structure can be a deployable parabolic reflector for a satellite antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael W. Nurnberger, Christopher P. Amend
  • Patent number: 9057199
    Abstract: A structural insulated building panel with a moisture barrier seal includes a structural insulated panel, a seal section, a first spline-receiving grove, and a second spline-receiving groove. The seal section is extended from a phenolic resin sheet of the structural insulated panel so that the seal section can be positioned in between multiple structural insulated panels in order to prevent moisture penetration. The seal section is adjacently positioned with the second spline-receiving groove of the initial structural insulated panel and extends into the first spline-receiving groove of the adjacent structural insulated panel during the installation of multiple structural insulated panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Gillman
  • Publication number: 20150145726
    Abstract: Apparatus for improving the performance and allowing increased directionality of reflecting-type antenna systems by varying the geometry of the reflecting surface. A reflecting surface is composed of an array of actuated pins which are capable of extending or retracting to alter the overall pattern. An actuator controlling unit has the address of each actuator and is able to extend or retract the pins to the desired degree. The specific pattern which the actuator control unit realizes is determined by the iterative position calculator which utilizes directional inputs from the user and/or inputs from a system which determines the effectiveness of previous pin movements. The apparatus attempts to maximize the received signal by assessing amplitude changes over time and utilizing that information to direct alteration in the reflecting surface for optimal performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel W. Stambovsky
  • Patent number: 9035839
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to diversity receive systems and methods. An antenna system may comprise a reflector and a plurality of feed antennas configured to receive a wireless signal from a common source with directional diversity. A receive system may comprise such antenna system in combination with a plurality of receivers and/or demodulators, and in combination with a combiner and/or controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TROLL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julian Scott, Jeff Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9013362
    Abstract: The outdoor antenna includes multiple directors located respectively on a main rod and two assistant rods, and an inner-swing arm and an outer-swing arm fixed on the main rod and coupled with two ends of the assistant rods. When the inner-swing arm and the outer-swing arm are expanded, the assistant rods are fixed on two sides of the main rod; when the inner-swing arm and the outer-swing arm are folded, the assistant rods are positioned in parallel with the main rod. In use, the inner-swing arm and the outer-swing arm are expanded to allow the assistant rods to move toward the two sides of the main rod and maintain in a certain spatial distance to receive as many radio signals as possible. During transportation and storage, the assistant rods can lean against two sides of the main rod, so that occupied space is reduced to achieve usability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kendy Yang
  • Patent number: 8970438
    Abstract: A method of providing an antenna mast for a wireless communication system is presented. The method comprises selecting a lower module and an upper module from a set of modules. This set of modules comprises at least two different lower modules, at least two different upper modules, or at least two different lower modules and at least two different upper modules. The method further comprises assembling the selected lower module and the selected upper module into a mast body of the antenna mast. This mast body forms a supporting structure for an antenna arrangement of the wireless communication system. In assembling the mast body, the method includes the antenna arrangement in the selected upper module and includes in at least one of the selected lower module and the selected upper module a device configured to perform a function other than supporting the antenna arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Peter Häger, Anders Röhl
  • Publication number: 20150009085
    Abstract: A reflector for an antenna is formed from a metallized fabric composite material including a first fabric layer, a second fabric layer, and a metallic layer positioned between the first and second fabric layers and secured to each of the first and second fabric layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Lawrence
  • Patent number: 8922456
    Abstract: A deployable antenna which has a larger aperture diameter by four-side links provided in at least three stages and which includes: six deployment link mechanisms (20) arranged radially from a central shaft so as to support an outer edge portion of a flexible reflector mirror surface; and one deployment driving mechanism (30) arranged at a lower portion of a center of arrangement of the six deployment link mechanisms, for unfolding the six deployment link mechanisms. Each of the six deployment link mechanisms includes a first four-side link (5), a second four-side link (6), and a third four-side link (7) arranged in an order from a position of the central shaft, around which the six deployment link mechanisms are arranged, toward an outer side of the each of the six deployment link mechanisms so that the each of the six deployment link mechanisms is structured to be foldable in three stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: NEC TOSHIBA Space Systems, Ltd., Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Inventors: Minoru Tabata, Kiyoshi Fujii, Kyoji Shintate, Satoru Ozawa