Aircraft Wind Drift Simulation Patents (Class 434/28)
  • Patent number: 8897931
    Abstract: A system for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) testing which incorporates a UAS flight control system and an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) carrying the UAS flight control system. The OPV has an OPV flight control system and a flight control interpreter (FCI) which receives input from the UAS flight control system representing control parameters for a flight profile of the UAS. The FCI provides status commands as an output to the OPV flight control system to replicate the flight profile. These status commands are selected from the group consisting of data regarding attitude, vertical navigation, lateral navigation, turn rate, velocity and engine operations. The OPV flight control system includes a pilot override for emergency, flight safety or other contingencies allowing an on board pilot to assume control of the OPV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles B. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8834163
    Abstract: A network connects stations in a distributed physics based simulation system. When the simulation detects that a weapon, especially a missile or directed energy beam, is engaging a target vehicle, one physics station determines damage status of the target vehicle. The detonation or strike of the weapon is applied to a model of the vehicle composed of pieces each made up of a number of parts. Where the damage to a piece of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold, the piece is removed from the vehicle, and where a predetermined maximum damage is reached for the vehicle, the vehicle is considered destroyed. The damage assessment from the weapon is made using raytracing in a physics engine that is also used to control movement of virtual objects in the simulation according to rules of physics of the physics engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Eytan Pollak, Jack Charles Wells, II, Merrill Lay
  • Patent number: 8538739
    Abstract: In an embodiment, input data is received from a user and reference data is calculated based on an original simulation state. An adjustment amount is determined based on the difference between the input data and the reference data. An event value is generated via a probability function, and the event value is adjusted by the adjustment amount into an adjusted event value. A next simulation state is then determined based on the adjusted event value, and the next simulation state is presented to a user. In an embodiment, the adjustment amount is proportional to the difference. In this way, direct and realistic feedback to the user is provided via the simulation state, which positively reinforces correct behavior and negatively reinforces incorrect behavior, more so than does an unadjusted simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James Edward Woodbury
  • Patent number: 8487785
    Abstract: A system and device is provided for formulating alerts of the items of equipment of an aircraft. The device includes a database of virtual objects representing the items of equipment for constructing a virtual model representative on the one hand of the topological configuration of the network of items of equipment and on the other hand of the configuration of the chain of functional applications implemented by the items of equipment, means for each virtual object to formulate a request for consulting the status of the functional application carried out by the item of equipment associated with the object and means for detecting alerts for formulating requests for consulting the status of each of the objects of the virtual model so as to detect anomalies of configuration of the topology of the network of items of equipment and of the chain of functional applications of the virtual model and to transmit the alerts associated with the anomalies. The device detects and manages the alerts of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: François Fournier, Christian Sannino, Stéphanie Gaudan, Laurent Robert
  • Patent number: 8393902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to control the movements of a flight simulator involving linear and angular accelerations perceived at a pilot's seat and involving mathematical transformations of a lateral position y and a roll angle ? for said accelerations, wherein mathematical transformations are used with at least one of the following corrections: —Feed-forward of a specific force error due to the y-position wash-out into a roll angle transformation function; —Decomposition of specific force at pilot's position and addition of complementary filters to reproduce suitable side forces in the pilot's seat due to lateral accelerations; —Mathematical transformations linking a pilot's position in an aircraft and flight simulator to a motion base centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: W.ING.S. sprl
    Inventor: Filip VanBiervliet
  • Patent number: 8355897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for generating motion controls for a mobile platform of a vehicle simulator. The method uses, as input, accelerations calculated by a process for simulating the behavior of the vehicle. The method according to the invention comprises the steps of: filtering the accelerations calculated accelerations by use of a filter constructed according to a mathematical model of human perception of a motion; calculating successive positions of the mobile platform as a function of the filtered acceleration controls; scaling the positions of the mobile platform as a function of physical limitations of the mobile platform, to produce scaled successive positions of the mobile platform; and calculating acceleration controls to be applied by the mobile platform, as a function of the scaled successive positions of the mobile platform, to produce calculated acceleration controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Nathan Morali, Serge Couvet
  • Patent number: 7866982
    Abstract: An aircraft crosswind training simulator has a fixed-pitch cockpit rotatably mounted atop a platform. Rotation of the cockpit is controlled by motor controllers that are responsive to movement of the cockpit's steering control. A rotation sensor detects rotation of the cockpit and communicates with a motor controller that controls the direction and speed of a motor mounted to the platform. The motor is engaged with a drive wheel that drives the platform laterally across the floor in response to rotation of the cockpit that is detected by the rotation sensor. An instructor input switch manipulates the motor controllers to introduce additional forces to the rotation of the cockpit and/or additional forces to the lateral movement of the platform, simulating external forces present during crosswind conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Bradley J. Whitsitt
  • Patent number: 7584084
    Abstract: A numerical model related to fluttering of an insect, when an equivalent model of actual structure of a wing of the insect is moved in the air in accordance with a model of fluttering motion of the wing of the insect is calculated by fluid-structure interactive analysis, in which behavior of the wing and behavior of the air are given as numerical values, including interaction therebetween. Thereafter, a method of controlling a fluttering robot, wing shape and the like are determined by modifying numerical models of fluttering of an insect prepared by fluid-structure interactive analysis, in accordance with sensitivity analysis. Accordingly, a method of preparing numerical models of wing and air considering the behavior of the wing of the insect in the air is provided and, in addition, a method of manufacturing a fluttering robot utilizing the numerical model prepared by this method of preparing numerical model can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Hamamoto, Yoshiji Ohta, Keita Hara, Toshiaki Hisada
  • Patent number: 7476154
    Abstract: A illumination device comprises a transparent member in which a lenticular lens of a cylindrical shape is disposed in a longitudinal direction; and light emitting members disposed in a vertical direction at prescribed intervals inside the transparent member; in which a visual illusion of existence of light emitting rings, respectively arrayed in a horizontal direction and respectively disposed in a vertical direction inside the transparent member, is created by light emitted from the various light emitting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Aruze Corp.
    Inventors: Junichi Kogo, Jun Hirato, Masato Ishikawa, Yasuaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 7284984
    Abstract: An AutoTrim function automatically adjusts the trim of the elevator of a simulated aircraft to compensate for pitching moments that are not caused by a user affirmatively controlling the elevator. A flight simulator program determines a sum of the pitching moments acting on the simulated aircraft, excluding the user setting of the elevator. The sum of the longitudinal pitching moments is then set equal to zero to solve for a desired position for setting the AutoTrim control. A time lag is applied in setting the AutoTrim control to the desired position, to provide greater realism. Use of the AutoTrim control provides enhanced control authority to the user in controlling the longitudinal pitch of the aircraft. The AutoTrim control functionality is stopped as the angle of attack of the aircraft approaches a stall condition, but resumes when the plane is flying in a substantially safer flight condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Kyle Zyskowski
  • Patent number: 6066046
    Abstract: Disclosed is a video game apparatus which enhances a realism of a ski-jumping competition by displaying a changing wind direction as a prediction guide. In the video game apparatus, a wind data operating unit obtains a wind direction and a wind speed. The amount of change in the wind direction changes in the form of a sine curve, and the wind speed also changes in the form of a sine curve. A wind data display control unit displays a wind direction guide and a wind speed guide on a screen. The wind direction guide uses an arrow, and the wind speed guide is displayed by the thickness of the arrow. A run-up control unit allows a competitor of the game to start the run-up when a first left button is operated. An attitude control unit controls the flight distance of ski-jumping by controlling the height of the competitor with the influence of wind direction and wind speed, and the flight direction of the competitor obtained from corrected conditions by the leftward and rightward keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 4341035
    Abstract: A toy for randomly creating stationary and moving graphic reprensentations and images includes a multi-sided housing for mounting the image producing mechanism. The image producing mechanism includes at least a pair of rotatable, planar elements or sheets and a drive mechanism. One sheet includes graphics combined with a plurality of cutout portions. Another sheet is mounted behind the first sheet and includes multiple graphics that are intended, in their stationary position, to be aligned with the cutouts of the first graphics to complete a picture or image. The first sheet is rotatably mounted and weighted to always assume the same orientation. The second sheet is also rotatably mounted within the housing and is connected to the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a rotatable pendulum within the housing so that upon rotation of the housing, the pendulum swings downwardly actuating the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Eugene Jaworski, Harry Disko