With Indication Or Control Of Landing Patents (Class 701/16)
  • Patent number: 11194344
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes detecting a target marker based on a plurality of images captured by an imaging device carried by the UAV, determining a spatial relationship between the UAV and the target marker based at least in part on the plurality of images, and controlling the UAV to approach the target marker based at least in part on the spatial relationship while controlling the imaging device to track the target marker such that the target marker remains within a field of view of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peiliang Li, Xuyang Feng, Cong Zhao, Jie Qian, You Zhou
  • Patent number: 11189181
    Abstract: Autoland systems and processes for landing an aircraft without pilot intervention are described. In implementations, the autoland system includes a memory operable to store one or more modules and at least one processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft. The processor can also calculate a merit for each potential destination identified, select a destination based upon the merit; receive terrain data and/or obstacle data, the including terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s); and create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the destination, the route accounting for the terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s). The processor can also cause the aircraft to traverse the route, and cause the aircraft to land at the destination without requiring pilot intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott K. Haskins, Noel J. Duerksen, Benjamin N. Patel, Eric Tran, Joseph Lombardo, Clayton E. Barber
  • Patent number: 11180245
    Abstract: An autobrake selection interface for an aircraft includes a cockpit mounted user selectable display. The display includes autobrake selection options and braking information. The autobrake selection options include at least one of an autobrake off option, a rejected takeoff (RTO) option, a constant deceleration option, and a runway exit selection option. The braking information includes at least one of an estimated brake temperature, an estimated brake cooling time, and an estimated landing distance. The autobrake selection interface also includes a braking parameters determiner configured to determine at least one of the estimated brake temperature and the estimated landing distance according to user selection of the autobrake selection options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anna K. Verhaeghe, David T. Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11176836
    Abstract: A flight control module for detecting anomalies ILS localizer signals during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface coupled to a processor. The communication interface is configured to receive an ILS localizer deviation. The processor is configured to compute a plurality of localizer deviations and compare the ILS localizer deviation to an average of the plurality of localizer deviations to detect a low-frequency anomaly in the ILS localizer deviation. The processor is configured to initiate a transition from controlling the aircraft based on the ILS localizer deviation to controlling the aircraft based on a selected one of the plurality of localizer deviations when the low-frequency anomaly is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert E. McLees, Andrew R. Hooks, Prachya Panyakeow
  • Patent number: 11168986
    Abstract: An aircraft, a system, and a method. The aircraft may include a computing device. The computing device may include a processor. The processor may be configured to utilize inertial navigation data, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) measurements, and flight trajectory data to compute navigation data and a predicted horizontal integrity level (HIL). The processor may be further configured to output the navigation data and the predicted HIL to be used for performance of a required navigation performance (RNP) procedure or a preflight planning procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Allen, Vladislav Gavrilets
  • Patent number: 11163067
    Abstract: An interface device that enables a GNSS-based precision approach through the Ground Base Augmentation System (GBAS) function known as the GNSS Landing System (GLS) and/or through Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) based Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV). The GLS interface device allows a GLS-capable multi-mode receiver to be used on a non-GLS-capable airplane without extensive changes to other airplane systems. The GLS interface device works by intercepting information to and from the multi-mode receiver and modifying the information to make the interface compatible with an airplane that uses ILS guidance. Similarly, the information modifications will make the airplane appear to the multi-mode receiver as if it were a GLS-capable airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy Allen Murphy, William Matthew Harris, Janet Suzanne Booth
  • Patent number: 11103392
    Abstract: A safety system for an aerial vehicle, preferably including: a ballistic subsystem, preferably including one or more rockets operable to adjust motion of the aerial vehicle and a mounting unit that couples the ballistic subsystem to the aerial vehicle; and/or a deployable parachute subsystem. An aerial vehicle, preferably including a safety system. A method for aerial vehicle operation, preferably including activating a safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Skyryse, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Groden, Mitch Adler
  • Patent number: 11105622
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining an altitude of a mobile unit includes one or more processors individually or collectively configured to obtain local measurement data comprising a local atmospheric pressure at a location of the mobile unit, obtain reference measurement data comprising a reference atmospheric pressure at a location of a reference unit that is movable, and determine the altitude of the mobile unit based on the local measurement data and the reference measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guoxiu Pan
  • Patent number: 11087300
    Abstract: A computer system includes an inventory management server, a plurality of point-of-sale (POS) terminals communicating with the inventory management server over a first network, a face recognition computer having a camera communicating with the inventory management server over the first network, and a portable terminal communicating wirelessly with the inventory management server over a second network. The inventory management server is configured to generates alerts that are displayed on the portable terminal based on first data from the POS terminals and second data from the face recognition computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentaro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11087631
    Abstract: Aircraft flight route determination systems and methods include a route determination control unit that analyzes route data over a selected timeframe to determine one or more efficient routes for aircraft to fly between a first airport and a second airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen S. Altus, David J. Rynes
  • Patent number: 11048273
    Abstract: A method of operating a rotorcraft includes receiving multiple first height data signals from multiple first height sensors on the rotorcraft, wherein the first height sensors measure height using a first technique, receiving multiple second height data signals from multiple second height sensors on the rotorcraft, wherein the second height sensors measure height using a second technique that is different than the first technique, determining a first height signal from the multiple first height data signals based on a selection scheme, determining a second height signal from the multiple second height data signals, selecting the first height signal or the second height signal to determine a selected height signal, and generating a flight control signal and controlling operation of the rotorcraft according to the flight control signal, the flight control signal based on the selected height signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Earl Worsham, II, Christopher Mike Bothwell, Sung Kyun Kim, Morganne Cody Klein
  • Patent number: 10854093
    Abstract: A system and methods for enhancing operator situational awareness are disclosed. For example, one method includes monitoring a plurality of radio transmissions associated with a plurality of vehicles in a first traffic flow pattern, monitoring a second traffic flow pattern in a vicinity of a vehicle of the plurality of vehicles, monitoring at least one weather value for a destination site for the plurality of vehicles, proposing a destination approach for the vehicle in response to the monitoring, evaluating an impact of the proposed destination approach on an existing travel path for the vehicle, and generating a second travel path for the vehicle in response to the evaluating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Snyder, Rajeev Mohan, Rajesh Chaubey, Ravish Udupa, Sharanabasappa Advani
  • Patent number: 10836487
    Abstract: A drone is operated by a sky diver. The drone is interfaced to a parachute pack worn by the sky diver. The sky diver has a device (e.g. smartphone, smartwatch) that communicates with the drone to initiate launch/lift and to release the sky diver. In some embodiments, after the sky diver is released, the drone maneuvers around the sky diver to capture pictures/video of the sky diver. In some embodiments, safety features are included to assure the drone has sufficient battery power to achieve a safe jump altitude above ground level and to assure the release is not made until the drone achieves that safe jump altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Category, LLC
    Inventor: Maurycy Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 10831198
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a machine and process that include a computer code specially programmed for creating a runway extension speed for an aircraft taking off. The process may include sensing current location, current acceleration, and current speed, for the aircraft during takeoff roll; receiving, in a ROTTOWIRE, the current speed and the current acceleration for the aircraft; creating in the ROTTOWIRE an actual speed profile; creating, using a specially coded program in the ROTTOWIRE and the current acceleration, the runway extension speed via determining, for a current location of the aircraft, a distance from a departure end of the runway and a terminating distance required to terminate the takeoff to a stop of the aircraft on the runway, a distance until the aircraft reaches a designated height; and when the terminating distance equals the distance from the departure end of the runway; and presenting the runway extension speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jendrick Westphal, Jonas Schulze
  • Patent number: 10803756
    Abstract: A flight controlling apparatus includes an information acquiring unit, a point searching unit, a determining unit, and a route changing unit. The information acquiring unit acquires location information of a factor on a ground that possibly influences safety of an aircraft in landing. The point searching unit searches for one or more landing candidate points to prepare for an expected abnormality in the aircraft in flight, on the basis of the location information. The determining unit determines whether the one or more landing candidate points are selected to prepare for the expected abnormality. The route changing unit changes a flight route of the aircraft to cause the one or more landing candidate points to be obtained to prepare for the expected abnormality in a case where the determining unit determines that no landing candidate point is selected to prepare for the expected abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yoshifuku, Yu Takahashi, Yukinobu Tomonaga, Akitoshi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10801841
    Abstract: Described herein are various technologies pertaining to extracting one or more features from trajectory data recorded during motion of a body, and further, generating a n-dimensional feature vector based upon the one or more extracted features. The n-dimensional feature vector enables expedited analysis of the trajectory data from which the feature vector was generated. For example, rather than having to analyze a trajectory curve comprising a large number of time-position data points, the n-dimensional feature vector can be compared with one or more search parameters to facilitate clustering of the trajectory data associated with the n-dimensional feature vector with other trajectory data which also satisfies the search request. The trajectory data can be plotted on a screen in combination with the n-dimensional feature vector, and other pertinent information. The trajectory data, etc., can be displayed using heat maps or other graphical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Rintoul, Andrew T. Wilson, Christopher G. Valicka
  • Patent number: 10793286
    Abstract: An on-board computer system includes a first neural network trained to receive a video stream of a landing approach, runway data, and aircraft state data and identify environmental landmarks corresponding to components of the runway and environmental obstacles that might interfere with autonomous landing. The on-board computer system also includes a second neural network that receives a flight path vector and a flight director corresponding to vectors based on the aircraft energy state and a desired aircraft flight path respectively. The second neural network determines flight control inputs to bring the flight path vector into conformity with the flight director.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carrico, Carlo L. Tiana
  • Patent number: 10790684
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an energy supply station and an energy supply method. The energy supply station includes: one or more parking places for parking unmanned vehicles; an energy supply device configured to supply energy to the unmanned vehicles parked at the parking places; and a communication device configured to receive an unmanned vehicle energy supply request, guide an unmanned vehicle to be supplied with energy, corresponding to the unmanned vehicle energy supply request, to be parked at the parking place according to the received unmanned vehicle energy supply request, and cause the energy supply device to supply energy to the unmanned vehicle to be supplied with energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BAICELLS TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Yanguang Wu
  • Patent number: 10783288
    Abstract: A runway capacity forecast system includes machine instructions stored in a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, the machine instructions, when executed, causing a processor to access data items related to a runway of interest for a time horizon of interest, the data items comprising environment factors for the runway of interest and the time horizon of interest, flight operation factors, and aircraft performance factors for aircraft scheduled on the runway of interest and during the time horizon of interest; extract data elements from the data items; reformat the data elements as analyzable data elements and store the analyzable data elements in an analyzable data structure; apply a probabilistic model to selected ones of the analyzable data elements to provide a forecast runway capacity for the runway of interest during the time horizon of interest the first product; and using the forecast runway capacity, determine one or more impacts based on the forecast capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sebastian Timar, Matthew Stillerman, Douglas Sweet
  • Patent number: 10776987
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a system of markers and methods of using the system of markers to provide a precise scene scale reference for captured aerial images. Each of the markers may include one or more pairs of aligned collimated light emitters, where each pair of light emitters is configured to emit two light beams that converge at a known distance from the marker. When two or more markers are used, the system of markers may be aligned in a unique physical orientation to form a shape of known dimensions (e.g., a line, a triangle, or square) that provides an accurate scene scale reference for captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Chapman, Mehul Patel, Joseph Popp, Steven Kosakura
  • Patent number: 10766613
    Abstract: A rotorcraft having a plurality of wheels, each wheel configured to receive weight of the rotorcraft when in contact with a landing surface, a plurality of wheel sensors, each wheel sensor associated with a respective wheel and having circuitry configured to generate a wheel on ground (WOG) signal indicating that the respective wheel is in contact with the landing surface, and a flight control computer (FCC) in signal communication with the plurality of wheel sensors, the FCC operable to execute a first hold loop having a first integrator and providing first control augmentation of a rotorcraft flight system, the FCC further operable to freeze the first integrator according to a number of WOG signals received from the plurality of wheel sensors, the FCC further operable to generate a first control signal according to a first value provided by the first integrator while the first integrator is frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Jillian Samantha Alfred, Monica Sibello, Robert Earl Worsham, II
  • Patent number: 10764531
    Abstract: Aspects of present disclosure relates to a mobile geotagging device, a mobile geotagging system, and methods of mobile geotagging system. In certain embodiments, mobile geotagging device includes: a display screen, a processor, and a non-volatile storage device storing a mobile geotagging application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NANJING EASTHOUSE ELECTRICAL CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hao Min
  • Patent number: 10749384
    Abstract: An electronic device according to various embodiments may include: a wireless communication circuit configured to support short-range communication; a wireless charging circuit configured to support wireless charging; at least one processor electrically connected to the wireless communication circuit and the wireless charging circuit; and a memory electronically connected to the at least one processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Ho Park, Min-Ho Kang, Doo-Suk Kang, Hyuk Kang, Bo-Kun Choi
  • Patent number: 10739161
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for generating a runway landing alert for an aircraft. The method comprises establishing a Runway Awareness Advisory System (RAAS) envelope for the designated target runway of the aircraft. A track of the aircraft is monitored with reference to a centerline of the target runway. Any deviation by the aircraft from the centerline of the target runway is detected and determined if it is within a margin of error. If the deviation is within the margin of error, an altitude parameter of the RAAS envelope is increased. If the aircraft is determined to still be maneuvering with respect to the centerline of the target runway, the altitude parameter of the RAAS envelope is decreased. Otherwise, an alert is generated if the aircraft is outside of the RAAS envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Glen Burlingame, Yasuo Ishihara, Steve Johnson, James Ehlers, Esko Mannisto
  • Patent number: 10725479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aerial vehicle landing method, an aerial vehicle, and a computer readable storage medium. The present invention has no requirement on a motion form of a dynamic target and whether a measurement device is equipped, and does not require that a feature image of a target is obtained in advance either. Instead, motion information of a target is obtained by means of desirable tracking real-timeness of an on-board image device. Therefore, it is ensured that the aerial vehicle can reach a location near the target, and this process allows the dynamic target to have a complex motion form. Desirable tracking real-timeness allows an aerial vehicle to change a target at any flight time point, and continuous tracking and precise landing can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ke Zhang, Bo Zang
  • Patent number: 10703477
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a system and a method for determining a landing status of the UAV are provided. The UAV system includes a UAV, a landing surface and a processing unit. The UAV has a landing gear furnished with a plurality of sensors. The landing surface is provided for the UAV to land thereon. The processing unit, coupled electrically with the plurality of sensors, is to determine, while the UAV is landing towards the landing surface, either whether or not a number of the plurality of sensors that have touched the landing surface at least once within a touch-judging time is not less than a predetermined touch-judging number, or whether or not a number of the plurality of sensors that contact the landing surface synchronously within a land-judging time is not less than a predetermined land-judging number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yuan-Chu Tai, Yi-Lun Wen
  • Patent number: 10705541
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for landing an unmanned aircraft on a mobile structure are presented. Sensors on the aircraft identify a predetermined landing area on a mobile structure. The aircraft monitors the sensor data to maintain its position hovering over the landing area. The aircraft estimates a future attitude of the surface of the landing area and determines a landing time that corresponds to a desired attitude of the surface of the landing area. The unmanned aircraft executes a landing maneuver to bring the aircraft into contact with the surface of the landing area at the determined landing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PLANCK AEROSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: David Merrick Twining, Joshua Wells
  • Patent number: 10657826
    Abstract: A system for providing a flight planning tool may include at least one memory device for storing flight information and at least one hardware processor configured to execute instructions to provide an Application Program Interface (API) for facilitating communication between the system and a client device or a third-party device; receive, a request from the client device including a user input indicative of first information related to a flight; collect second information from one or more third-party devices based on the first information received from the client device; generate a notice to airman (NOTAM) based on the user input indicative of the first information and the second information, wherein the NOTAM includes information associated with the flight; provide at least one user interface to the client device for communicating the NOTAM; and display graphics indicative of the information associated with the flight included in the generated NOTAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
    Inventors: Douglas Nolen Shorter, Jr., John Dennis Hamilton, Kimberly Lynn Ocasek, Eric John Rush, Brian Michael Tenberg, John Vance Whitehouse, Sergey Krilov
  • Patent number: 10649468
    Abstract: Autonomous flight is performed in an open loop mode over a first range of altitudes, wherein a plurality altitude-related data from a plurality of altitude-related sensors is ignored while performing the autonomous flight in the open loop mode. The autonomous flight is performed in a closed loop mode over a second range of altitudes, wherein: the plurality of altitude-related data from the plurality of altitude-related sensors is used while performing the autonomous flight in the closed loop mode, and the first range of altitudes is a non-overlapping, lower range of altitudes compared to the second range of altitudes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Johnson Cutler, Alexander David Selwa
  • Patent number: 10641685
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a shock strut may comprise measuring a first shock strut pressure, measuring a first shock strut temperature, measuring a second shock strut pressure, measuring a second shock strut temperature, measuring a shock strut stroke, and determining a servicing condition of the shock strut based upon the first shock strut pressure, the first shock strut temperature, the second shock strut pressure, the second shock strut temperature, and the shock strut stroke and taking into account at least one of an absorption of a gas with a fluid and desorption of the gas with the fluid. In various embodiments, the method may further comprises measuring a third shock strut pressure, measuring a third shock strut temperature, wherein the servicing condition is further based upon the third shock strut pressure and the third shock strut temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: William E Luce, Amir Fazeli
  • Patent number: 10636313
    Abstract: A method and device for generating an optimum vertical path intended to be followed by an aircraft. The device comprises at least one database relating to fixed and moving obstacles, a data entering unit, a data processing unit implementing iterative processing to generate an optimum vertical path between an initial state and a final state as a function of flight strategies, that optimum vertical path being generated in such a manner as to be free of any collision with surrounding obstacles and to conform to energy constraints, and a data transmission link for transmitting that optimum vertical path to at least one user system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Mere
  • Patent number: 10620641
    Abstract: Autoland systems and processes for landing an aircraft without pilot intervention are described. In implementations, the autoland system includes a memory operable to store one or more modules and at least one processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft. The processor can also calculate a merit for each potential destination identified, select a destination based upon the merit; receive terrain data and/or obstacle data, the including terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s); and create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the destination, the route accounting for the terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s). The processor can also cause the aircraft to traverse the route, and cause the aircraft to land at the destination without requiring pilot intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott K. Haskins, Noel J. Duerksen, Benjamin N. Patel, Eric Tran, Joseph Lombardo, Clayton E. Barber
  • Patent number: 10611495
    Abstract: A method for measuring sea state includes scanning an area of a waterborne moving object over a period of time using at least one sensor to obtain point cloud data of the moving object. The area of the moving object is identified based on the point cloud data. Changes in movement of the area of the moving object are characterized over the period of time based on the point cloud data to calculate a state of the moving object. Sea state is estimated based on the state of the moving object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William McNeill, Brigid Blakeslee
  • Patent number: 10551852
    Abstract: There is provided a method of automatically landing a drone on a landing pad having thereon guiding-elements arranged in a pattern relative to a central region of the landing pad, comprising: receiving first image(s) captured by a camera of the drone, processing the first image(s) to compute a segmentation mask according to an estimate of a location of the landing pad, receiving second image(s) captured by the camera, processing the second image(s) according to the segmentation mask to compute a segmented region and extracting from the segmented region guiding-element(s), determining a vector for each of the extracted guiding-element(s), and aggregating the vectors to compute an estimated location of the central region of the landing pad, and navigating and landing the drone on the landing pad according to the estimated location of the central region of the landing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Percepto Robotics Ltd
    Inventors: Sagi Blonder, Ariel Benitah, Eyal Gil-Ad
  • Patent number: 10543930
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing augmented information for vehicle multi-function display electronics are provided. In one a method for providing augmented information for vehicle multi-function display (MFD) electronics comprises: receiving via a downlink communication, a vehicle profile comprising an MFD Profile descriptive of how a pilot is currently utilizing a cockpit MFD; determining whether an MFD map application is displaying information on the cockpit MFD based on the MFD Profile; when the MFD map application is determined to be displaying information on the cockpit MFD: defining a set of potential information enhancements based on the vehicle profile; collecting information corresponding to the set of potential information enhancements from one of more data sources; transmitting an uplink communication comprising an Augmented Map Profile, wherein the Augmented Map Profile comprises the information corresponding to the set of potential information enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kannan Kathirvel, Elsa Mary Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10540904
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods a for assisting a pilot with aircraft landing are disclosed. One exemplary method comprises receiving data representative of a current approach/landing capability of the aircraft and data representative of an approach/landing intent of the pilot; and showing a combined indicator graphically and simultaneously indicating the current approach/landing capability of the aircraft and the approach/landing intent of the pilot on a display device of the aircraft. The approach/landing intent of the pilot may be graphically indicated via cooperation between a first graphical object of the indicator and a second graphical object of the indicator. The method may graphically indicate a system degradation affecting the current approach/landing capability of the aircraft with the same indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Benoit Ouellette
  • Patent number: 10482444
    Abstract: A computer system includes an inventory management server, a plurality of point-of-sale (POS) terminals communicating with the inventory management server over a first network, a face recognition computer having a camera communicating with the inventory management server over the first network, and a portable terminal communicating wirelessly with the inventory management server over a second network. The inventory management server is configured to generates alerts that are displayed on the portable terminal based on first data from the POS terminals and second data from the face recognition computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentaro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10467913
    Abstract: A system and apparatus assists pilots and flight crews in determining the best course of action at any particular point inflight for any category of emergency. The system monitors a plurality of static and dynamic flight parameters including atmospheric conditions along the flight path, ground conditions and terrain, conditions aboard the aircraft, and pilot/crew data. Based on these parameters, the system may provide continually updated information to the pilot or crew about the best available landing sites or recommend solutions to aircraft configuration errors. In case of emergency, the system may provide the pilot with procedure sets associated with a hierarchy of available emergency landing sites (or execute these procedure sets via the autopilot system) depending on the specific nature of the emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Sean Patrick Suiter, Richard Andrew Kruse
  • Patent number: 10464690
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method includes, after a landing of an aircraft, detecting by sensors the position of the landing gear at a first sampling frequency, while the position of the landing gear is detected as vertical. After detection of a horizontal position of the landing gear, detecting by the sensors the position of the landing gear at least at a second sampling frequency, while the position of the landing gear is detected as horizontal. After detection of a vertical position of the landing gear, acquiring by said sensors physical parameters relating to the ageing of the landing gear, and detecting a landing of the aircraft at a third sampling frequency until a predetermined period has expired. The third frequency is greater than the second frequency, which is greater than the first frequency. Measurements relating to the ageing are stored as a function of the measured physical parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE, SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Garance Vinson, Nicolas Fanton, Pierre-Jean Tine, Sully Vitry, Christophe Loustaudaudine
  • Patent number: 10460279
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a client-facing application for interacting with a transport service that transports items via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). An example graphic interface may allow a user to order items to specific delivery areas associated with their larger delivery location, and may dynamically provide status updates and other functionality during the process of fulfilling a UAV transport request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Lesser, Michael Bauerly, James Ryan Burgess, May Cheng, Rue Song
  • Patent number: 10451422
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system for providing persistent mission data to a fleet of vehicles. In some implementations, the system receives (i) information related to a first vehicle's location, the altitude of the first vehicle, and the first vehicle's orientation from the one or more first sensors and (ii) imagery data from one or more second sensors disposed on the first vehicle, wherein the imagery data includes instantaneous imagery and previously recorded imagery. The system geolocates the imagery data based on the first vehicle's altitude and the first vehicle's orientation relative to the terrain. The system transmits one or both of the instantaneous imagery or the previously recorded imagery to a fleet of vehicles. The system effectuates presentation of the imagery data on a three dimensional topographical map of the terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ROGERSON AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard I. Royster, Michael Rogerson
  • Patent number: 10453349
    Abstract: A system for warning a flight crew of potential runway overruns during landing comprises a computer processor implementing at least one neural network comprising plural inputs and at least one output. The inputs comprise at least one or more of the following: pressure altitude, air temperature, wind speed, weight, calibrated airspeed, autobrake setting, runway slope, and runway condition. The system uses the neural network to continually calculate at least the remaining distance on the runway and to generate an alert when the remaining distance is insufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventor: Caio Cramer Almeida Marques
  • Patent number: 10431103
    Abstract: A coverage model is generated to forecast network coverage robustness for vertically layered 3-dimensional sections of airspace above an area. Network configuration data for multiple base stations of a wireless communication network located in an area are received. Environmental data that includes information on natural and manmade features in the area are received. The airspace above the area into a plurality of vertically layered 3-dimensional sections is segregated. A coverage model is generated based at least on the network configuration data and the environmental data for predicting network coverage of the wireless communication network in the 3-dimensional sections in the airspace above the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Patrick Murphy
  • Patent number: 10417920
    Abstract: A method for aiding the landing of an aircraft on a landing runway comprises the following steps implemented automatically by a processing unit: a) acquiring information relating to the runway; b) acquiring information relating to a current situation of the aircraft; i) determining a landing position of the aircraft on a central longitudinal axis of the runway, as a function of a trajectory determined between a current position of the aircraft and this landing position to comply with at least one constraint relating to a roll angle of the aircraft; j) determining a parameter relating to the landing position; k) determining a deviation between this parameter and a reference value; l) comparing this deviation with a predetermined threshold; and m) as a function of the result of the comparison carried out in step l), commanding, if appropriate, the signaling of an alert via the signaling system of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Scacchi, Matthieu Mayolle, Cécile Puissacq
  • Patent number: 10410528
    Abstract: A method for aiding the landing of an aircraft on a landing runway comprises the following steps implemented in an automatic manner by a processing unit: a) acquiring information relating to the landing runway; b) acquiring information relating to a current situation of the aircraft; c) determining, as a function of said information, at least one deviation between at least one parameter relating to a landing position of the aircraft on the landing runway and a reference relating to a central longitudinal axis of the landing runway; d) comparing this deviation with a predetermined threshold; and e) as a function of the result of the comparison carried out in step d), commanding, if appropriate, the signaling of an alert by means of a signaling system of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Scacchi, Matthieu Mayolle, Cécile Puissacq
  • Patent number: 10384682
    Abstract: A method of and system for detecting absolute acceleration along various axes relative to a desired movement vector while moving relative to a gravity source includes steps of determining a vertical acceleration, perpendicular to the desired movement vector and substantially anti-parallel to a gravitational acceleration due to the gravity source; determining a longitudinal acceleration, parallel to the desired movement vector and to output at vertical acceleration signal and a longitudinal acceleration signal; determining an inclination of the desired movement vector relative to the gravitational acceleration; and processing the vertical acceleration signal, the longitudinal acceleration signal, and the inclination signal to produce an absolute vertical acceleration signal and an absolute longitudinal acceleration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred S. Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 10364042
    Abstract: An electronic landing platform state module is configured to generate a state estimation of a platform surface at sea includes a plurality of electronic platform state process modules configured to receive an output from a respective spectral sensor. The plurality of electronic platform state process modules are further configured to output a monitored spectral platform state signal in response to applying a spectral process on a respective output. Each spectral process corresponds to a particular spectral modality of the respective spectral sensor. The electronic landing platform state module further includes an electronic platform state estimator module configured to determine a corrected dynamic state of the platform in response to fusing together the individual monitored spectral platform state signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason C. Derenick, Hongcheng Wang, Christopher Stathis, Igor Cherepinsky
  • Patent number: 10336441
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drone. The present invention includes a plurality of propellers creating a lift to prevent inclination and overturn of the drone due to a lift difference generated from uneven ground, a power driving unit providing a rotation power to each of a plurality of the propellers, a ground sensing unit measuring a distance to a first region of the ground and a shape of the first region, and a controller controlling the power driving unit to differentiate rotation ratios of a plurality of the propellers based on the measured distance and shape if receiving an input signal for landing at the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jungsik Kim, Hyoungrock Kim, Joongtae Park, Sunho Yang
  • Patent number: 10293924
    Abstract: The runway state determined on the ground by an aircraft and provided to the aircraft on approach does not make it possible to account for possible degradation of the runway occurring since the previous determination of that runway state. Updating of this runway state on the basis of a simple comparison between a desired deceleration and an observed deceleration resulting from a degraded runway is not satisfactory either. The disclosure herein thus provides for obtaining a local stopping distance according to a local runway state characterizing a runway zone on which the aircraft is in movement at the time of the landing, this local stopping distance being estimated based on local measurements made in the aircraft; obtaining a reference stopping distance according to a reference runway state; then comparing these two distances with each other to determine whether the local runway state is more degraded than the reference runway state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Airbus (S.A.S.), Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Erwan Le-Bouedec, Rémi Morin, Jérémie Briere, Mathieu Reguerre, Nicolas Daniel
  • Patent number: 10248737
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining the state of a device in an aircraft, this state being specified by a current version of the device as implemented in the aircraft. The method according to the invention comprises: transmitting a request to a database and receiving in response a list of updates previously performed on the device, each update specifying an earlier version and a later version; and from a directed graph, such that each edge corresponds to an update of a set of updates associated with devices of the type of the device of interest, determining a sub-graph corresponding to the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Julien Astier