Aeronautical Vehicle Patents (Class 701/3)
  • Patent number: 11830150
    Abstract: The following relates generally to light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and artificial intelligence (AI). In some embodiments, a system: receives light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data generated from a LIDAR camera; receives preexisting utility line data; and determines a location of the utility line based upon: (i) the received LIDAR data, and (ii) the received preexisting utility line data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicholas Carmelo Marotta, Laura Kennedy, JD Johnson Willingham
  • Patent number: 11829140
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a searchlight mounted to an aerial vehicle. The systems and methods receive angular data representing a directional angle of a beam of the searchlight and location data representing a global location of the aerial vehicle from a sensor system of the aerial vehicle. The systems and methods determine coverage of the beam of the searchlight on ground based on the angular data and the location data. Based on the coverage of the beam, the aerial vehicle is controlled to change the global location, the display is controlled to depict the coverage of the beam on a map including historical coverage of the beam, and/or the searchlight actuator is controlled to adjust the direction of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Gobinathan Baladhandapani, Hariharan Saptharishi, Sivakumar Kangarajan, Sunit Kumar Saxena
  • Patent number: 11830300
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a vehicle sensor configured to detect a vehicle state; a first control device connected to the vehicle sensor and provided with a first recording area; a first power supply device configured to supply electric power to the first control device; a second control device connected to the first control device and provided with a second recording area; and a second power supply device configured to supply electric power to the second control device. The first control device is configured to record vehicle data including the vehicle state in the first recording area at a prescribed timing and to transmit the vehicle data to the second control device on a prescribed cycle. The second control device is configured to record the vehicle data received from the first control device in the second recording area at a prescribed timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kishimoto, Noriyuki Imaeda, Yoshifumi Nakamura, Jun Ishii, Daiki Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11827352
    Abstract: In some examples, a device may receive, from a first camera, a plurality of images of an airspace corresponding to an area of operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The device may detect, based on the plurality of images from the first camera, a candidate object approaching or within the airspace. Based on detecting the candidate object, the device may control a second camera to direct a field of view of the second camera toward the candidate object. Further, based on images from the second camera captured at a first location and images from at least one other camera captured at a second location, the candidate object may be determined to be an object of interest. In addition, at least one action may be taken based on determining that the candidate object is the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SKYDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Miller, Jacob Daniel Phillips
  • Patent number: 11830561
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide for a storage device that includes a storage controller including a plurality of analog circuits and at least one nonvolatile memory device including a first region and a second region. The at least one nonvolatile memory device stores user data in the second region and stores trimming control codes in the first region as a compensation data set. The trimming control codes are configured to compensate for offsets of the plurality of analog circuits and are obtained through a wafer-level test on the storage controller. The storage controller, during a power-up sequence, reads the compensation data set from the first region of the at least one nonvolatile memory device, stores the read compensation data set therein, and adjusts the offsets of the plurality of analog circuits based on the stored compensation data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youngmin Lee, Soongmann Shin
  • Patent number: 11827214
    Abstract: A system and method for path and/or motion planning and for training such a system are described. In one aspect, the method comprises generating a sequence of predicted occupancy grid maps (OGMs) for T?T1 time steps based on a sequence of OGMs for 0?T1 time steps, a reference map of an environment in which an autonomous vehicle is operating, and a trajectory. A cost volume is generated for the sequence of predicted OGMs. The cost volume comprises a plurality of cost maps for T?T1 time steps. Each cost map corresponds to a predicted OGM in the sequence of predicted OGMs and has the same dimensions as the corresponding predicted OGM. Each cost map comprises a plurality of cells. Each cell in the cost map represents a cost of the cell in corresponding predicted OGM being occupied in accordance with a policy defined by a policy function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Elmira Amirloo Abolfathi, Mohsen Rohani, Jason Philip Ku, Jun Luo
  • Patent number: 11827356
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is disclosed that includes a retractable payload delivery system. The payload delivery system can lower a payload to the ground using a delivery device that secures the payload during descent and releases the payload upon reaching the ground. The location of the delivery device can be determined as it is lowered to the ground using image tracking. The UAV can include an imaging system that captures image data of the suspended delivery device and identifies image coordinates of the delivery device, and the image coordinates can then be mapped to a location. The UAV may also be configured to account for any deviations from a planned path of descent in real time to effect accurate delivery locations of released payloads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: James Ryan Burgess, Joanna Cohen
  • Patent number: 11815888
    Abstract: A carrier aerial vehicle system includes a propulsion component configured to enable the carrier aerial vehicle system to be in flight. The carrier aerial vehicle system further includes a retention mechanism configured to allow a plurality of deployable parasite aerial vehicles to be coupled to the retention mechanism and released from the retention mechanism while the carrier aerial vehicle system is in flight. The carrier aerial vehicle system further includes a communication component configured to enable the carrier aerial vehicle system to wireless communicate with the plurality of parasite deployable aerial vehicles. The carrier aerial vehicle system further includes a processor configured to determine a position on the retention mechanism for each deployable parasite aerial vehicle of the plurality of deployable parasite aerial vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Skyfront Corp.
    Inventor: Troy Mestler
  • Patent number: 11815886
    Abstract: A system comprises a ship having one or more maneuvering units for controlling the speed and direction of the ship. The ship comprises a ship control unit configured to send signals to the one or more maneuvering units to maneuver the ship and a transmitter-receiver connected to the control unit and configured to transmit and receive information. The system comprises a remote-control center remote from the ship. The remote-control center comprises a transmitter-receiver 16 configured to receive situation information of the ship. The remote-control center comprises a remote-control unit configured to determine pilot-control information for maneuvering the ship based on the situation information and configured to transmit the pilot-control information to the ship via the transmitter-receiver of the remote-control center. The transmitter-receiver of the ship is configured to receive the pilot-control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S
    Inventors: Thomas Bangslund, Enrico Pangoni, Rasmus Kobberø Hansen
  • Patent number: 11809180
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle remotely. The method includes: receiving requirement signals, which represent at least one requirement that is in force for a restricted geographic region and must be followed by motor vehicles; receiving navigation signals, which represent a route to be traveled by the motor vehicle; based on the navigation signals, checking if the at least one requirement is being followed by the motor vehicle; the checking including a check as to whether the route to be traveled by the motor vehicle violates the at least one requirement; generating remote control signals for controlling a lateral and/or longitudinal guidance of the motor vehicle remotely, based on a result of the check as to whether the at least one requirement is being followed by the motor vehicle; outputting the generated remote control signals. A device, a computer program and a machine-readable storage medium, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Rolf Nicodemus, Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 11808667
    Abstract: A wing model for static aeroelasticity wind tunnel test belongs to the technical field of aeroelasticity tests. In the wing model, the model steel joint and the spar frame are connected with the composite material skin. The piezometer wing ribs are arranged among the spar frame and the plurality of supporting wing ribs. The embedded piezometer tubes are arranged in the piezometer wing ribs, the lightweight filling foam is arranged among the spar frame and the plurality of supporting wing ribs. An outer surface of a frame segment formed by the lightweight filling foam, the plurality of supporting wing ribs, the piezometer wing ribs and the spar frame is covered with the composite material skin. The frame segment is assembled on the model steel joint to form the wing model for the static aeroelasticity wind tunnel test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Dalian University of Technology
    Inventors: Wei Qian, Ling Xiao, Xing Li, Shaojie Ge, Weizhe Feng, Xinyu Ai
  • Patent number: 11809204
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system includes a first UAV, a second UAV that flies near the first UAV during a flight of the first UAV and is configured to obtain wind information about wind, and flight control means for controlling the flight of the first UAV based on the wind information obtained by the second UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: RAKUTEN GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Junji Torii, Jun Takizawa
  • Patent number: 11805175
    Abstract: A processor may analyze an external device for one or more activity data collection devices. A processor may identify an activity the external device will perform in a protected boundary using the one or more activity data collection devices. A processor may deactivate the one or more activity data collection devices associated with the external device. A processor may generate activity data based, at least in part, on the activity and the protected boundary. A processor may output the activity data to the external device. In some embodiments, the external device may perform the activity using the activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Saraswathi Sailaja Perumalla, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Praveen Kumar M Kuntumalla
  • Patent number: 11794886
    Abstract: A rotorcraft including a first power plant, at least one main rotor participating at least in providing lift for the rotorcraft in the air, and at least one tail rotor carried by a tail boom, the first power plant including at least one engine. In accordance with the invention, the rotorcraft includes: at least one pusher or puller propeller independent from the at least one main rotor, the at least one pusher or puller propeller participating at least in providing propulsion or traction for the rotorcraft; a second power plant including at least one electric motor; and at least one control member configured to generate a control setpoint or instruction for controlling the at least one electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Olivier Barais, Paul Eglin, Jerome Geneix
  • Patent number: 11794900
    Abstract: Baggage is connected to an aerial vehicle in a state in which the baggage is suspended by a connector such as rope. A learning unit of a server device performs machine learning on the relationship between the piloting of an aerial vehicle and the behavior of baggage on the basis of an aerial vehicle behavior history and a piloting history acquired by a first acquisition unit and a baggage behavior history acquired by a second acquisition unit. With this arrangement, the automatic piloting of the aerial vehicle at the time of lowering baggage is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Tadao Takami, Koji Ishii, Jooin Woo, Hiroshi Kawakami, Kaori Niihata, Yuichiro Segawa, Yasuhiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11789453
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining video data from a single monocular camera, wherein the video data comprises a plurality of frames, wherein the camera is attached to a mobile robot that is travelling along a lane defined by a row of crops, wherein the row of crops comprises a first plant stem, and wherein the plurality of frames include a depiction of the first plant stem; obtaining robot velocity data from encoder(s), wherein the encoder(s) are attached to the robot; performing foreground extraction on each of the plurality of frames of the video data, wherein the foreground extraction results in a plurality of foreground images; and determining, based upon the plurality of foreground images and based upon the robot velocity data, an estimated width of the first plant stem. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
    Inventors: Girish Chowdhary, Chinmay P. Soman, Erkan Kayacan, Benjamin C. Thompson, Zhongzhong Zhang, Anwesa Choudhuri
  • Patent number: 11789468
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle for delivery of a medication package includes determining a thermal control period for the medication package. The method also includes identifying a delivery location corresponding to the medication package. The method also includes identifying at least one environmental characteristic of an environment that includes a delivery three-dimensional flight path between a starting location and the delivery location, wherein the at least one environmental characteristic indicates an actual weather value at the delivery location. The method also includes determining whether to deliver the medication package based on the thermal control period and the at least one environmental characteristic, using the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankur Kaneria, Timothy B. Clise
  • Patent number: 11789792
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for performing computing operations are provided. In one example, a system is described to include an endpoint belonging to a collective that is organized as a hierarchical tree. The collective includes one or more application groups that are connected to leaf nodes of the hierarchical tree, where each application-level process in the one or more application groups initiate processing of data based on an order of arrival known for at least one other application-level process joining the one or more application groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Richard Leigh Graham
  • Patent number: 11788475
    Abstract: In a fuel control system (10) for a gas turbine engine (1) having a gas generator (4) and a turbine (6) driven by the gas generator (4): a main fuel regulator (12) determines a demand (Wfdem) of fuel flow (Wf) to be introduced in the gas turbine engine (1), based on an input request (PLA); and a first limiter stage (14), operatively coupled to the main fuel regulator (12), causes an adjustment of the fuel flow (Wf) based on engine safety operating limits. The first limiter stage (14) is provided with a Ngdot limiter (20) to cause an adjustment of the fuel flow (Wf) when the gas generator speed rate of change (Ngdot) is determined to overcome acceleration/deceleration scheduled safety limits; the Ngdot limiter (20) implements a predictor (23), to perform a prediction (Wfdot) of the fuel flow rate of change (Wfdot), or fuel flow (Wf), allowing the gas generator speed rate of change (Ngdot) to track a scheduled reference value (Ngdotref).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: GE Avio S.r.l.
    Inventors: Stefano Ettorre, Pierpaolo Forte, Giuseppe Donini
  • Patent number: 11783716
    Abstract: A return flight control method includes obtaining return-flight-evaluation information in a return flight mode, controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to return to an alternate landing area in response to that the return-flight-evaluation information satisfies a preset requirement, and controlling the UAV to return to a return point in response to that the return-flight-evaluation information does not satisfy the preset requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chaobin Chen, Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 11783711
    Abstract: Methods and systems for efficient airspace design and planning using the Airspace Information Model are described. In one example aspect, a method for designing an improved airspace model includes receiving a first user input that comprises one or more parameters, generating, based on the first user input, an airspace design, performing a validation of the airspace design against an aviation standard, the validation comprising a set of design rules and criteria for evaluation of aircraft performance and safety of operations, generating, based on at least the parametric model, at least one key performance indicator (KPI) for the airspace design, providing for display a value of the at least one KPI, receiving a second user input that comprises an updated value for at least one of the one or more parameters, and providing for display, based on the second input, an updated value of the at least one KPI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: VIANAIR INC.
    Inventor: Stavros Sidiropoulos
  • Patent number: 11775925
    Abstract: Technologies are described for determining route proposals for shipment of cargo using unique location identifiers (ULIs). For example, a pickup ULI and a delivery ULI can be received. The pickup ULI and the delivery ULI are in the ULI data structure format defined herein. A first geographic area representing a pickup leg can be determined for shipment of the cargo from the pickup ULI to a first transportation network location and a second geographic area representing a delivery leg can be determined for shipment of the cargo from a second transportation network location to the delivery ULI. The main leg of the shipment occurs between the first transportation network location and the second transportation network location and travels through one or more defined transportation networks. Route proposals can be generated for shipment of the cargo through the pickup leg, main leg, and/or delivery leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Frank Wernze, Gerhard Schick
  • Patent number: 11774973
    Abstract: Provided is a storage device storing a movement assistance program, the program being configured to cause a computer to implement the functions of: a terrain information acquisition instruction section that instructs a terrain information acquisition device mounted on a flying machine to acquire terrain information representing a terrain lying between a present location of a ground-moving machine and a destination; a zone classification section that makes a classification based on a predetermined movement permission condition and the terrain information to divide the terrain lying between the present location and the destination into a movement-permitted zone and a movement-prohibited zone; and an output section that outputs at least one selected from a movement route of the ground-moving machine, the movement-permitted zone, and the movement-prohibited zone, the movement route leading from the present location to the destination without passing through the movement-prohibited zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: KAWASAKI MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11760323
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wheel speed sensor system (1), comprising: one or more first wheel speed sensors (2a, 2b), a first application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) (4) configured to receive one or more first wheel speed signals from the one or more first wheel speed sensors (2a, 2b) and to convert the one or more first wheel speed signals to first wheel speed data, and a first electronic control unit (ECU) (6) configured to receive the first wheel speed data from the first ASIC (4) via a data link (8) between the first ECU (6) and the first ASIC (4); and one or more second wheel speed sensors (3a, 3b), a second ASIC (5) configured to receive one or more second wheel speed signals from the one or more second wheel speed sensors (3a, 3b) and to convert the one or more second wheel speed signals to second wheel speed data, and a second ECU (7) configured to receive the second wheel speed data from the second ASIC (5) via a data link (9) between the second ECU (7) and the second ASIC (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: HL MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Josko Kurbasa, Josef Knechtges, Axel Kunkel
  • Patent number: 11762076
    Abstract: The present application at least describes a non-transitory computer readable medium including program instructions that when executed by a processor effectuate a set of actions. The program instructions include causing a scan of a radio frequency spectrum to detect one or more radio signals transmitted within a pre-defined area. The program instructions also include causing a capture of a radio signal of interest from the one or more radio signals. The program instructions also include demodulating the radio signal of interest to determine coded sensor data carried thereon. The program instruction further include decoding the coded sensor data to determine a characteristic of the sensor data. The program instruction further include generating an alert based on the characteristic of the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: CACI, Inc. - Federal
    Inventors: David Michael Massarik, Nathan D. Flower
  • Patent number: 11762837
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method allowing a pilot or more generally a crew to enrich a database of user obstacles directly inside the aircraft, on the ground and even during flight. Generally, the apparatus is based on a new software component, which allows new services to be provided for the functional avionic components and for the human machine interfaces HMI of the avionics. This new software component is configured to allow: user obstacles to be created, changed, deleted at the request of components of HMIs of the avionics; user obstacles to be sent to clients of the services of this new software component, which are either other functional components of the avionics or other components of HMIs of the avionics; user obstacles to be recorded to a nonvolatile memory and restored from this nonvolatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Thierry Ganille, François Leullier, Patrice Colzato
  • Patent number: 11755040
    Abstract: A flight control apparatus that enables a flying object to safely pass another flying object includes a detection unit configured to detect, in a predetermined range from a flying object, another flying object. A specifying unit is configured to specify a moving direction of the detected other flying object. A judging unit is configured to judge, based on the specified moving direction, whether or not passing is possible. A determination unit is configured to determine, based on a relationship between the flying object and the other flying object, content of a passing operation to be performed with respect to the other flying object. A flight control unit is configured to, if it is judged that passing is possible, control flight of the flying object and perform the passing operation according to the determined content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Takefumi Yamada, Ken Koumoto, Hidetoshi Ebara, Youhei Oono, Yuichiro Segawa, Yukiko Nakamura, Shinya Hanano
  • Patent number: 11755041
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling an autonomous vehicle such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using objective-based inputs. In an embodiment, the underlying functionality of an autonomous navigation system is exposed via an application programming interface (API) allowing the UAV to be controlled through specifying a behavioral objective, for example, using a call to the API to set parameters for the behavioral objective. The autonomous navigation system can then incorporate perception inputs such as sensor data from sensors mounted to the UAV and the set parameters using a multi-objective motion planning process to generate a proposed trajectory that most closely satisfies the behavioral objective in view of certain constraints. In some embodiments, developers can utilize the API to build customized applications for the UAV. Such applications, also referred to as “skills,” can be developed, shared, and executed to control behavior of an autonomous UAV and aid in overall system improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Louis Zhu, Hayk Martirosyan, Abraham Bachrach, Matthew Donahoe, Patrick Lowe, Kristen Marie Holtz, Adam Bry
  • Patent number: 11755016
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for performing radio station monitoring using unmanned aerial vehicles. An example unmanned aerial vehicle disclosed herein includes at least one memory, computer readable instructions, and processor circuitry to execute the computer readable instructions to control the unmanned aerial vehicle to travel to a first radio station site to monitor a radio broadcast associated with the first radio station site, detect a watermark in the radio broadcast, and report at least one of the detected watermark or information associated with the detected watermark to a remote receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventors: Timothy Christian, Mohammed Sayed, Gloria Bautista
  • Patent number: 11745870
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for surveillance with security camera drone. In some implementations, a determination is made to begin surveillance of an in-house service with a drone. A duration of the in-house service is determined. A location to land the drone during the in-house service is determined based on the duration of the in-house service. Landing of the drone is initiated at the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Ilja Nevdahs, Agris Kipurs
  • Patent number: 11748837
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cargo revenue management system and method that increases the efficiency of cargo revenue management by increasing the prediction accuracy of cargo volumes that customers will tender in order to generate more efficient decisions to accept or reject cargo bookings. The provided system accomplishes this increased efficiency by identifying cargo volumes that customers arbitrarily book when an actual volume is unknown as disguised missing values and deemphasizing such values in the prediction of a cargo volume that will be received. The provided system additionally utilizes machine-learning models trained on a combination of features to predict a cargo volume that will be received for a particular cargo booking. Based on the predicted cargo volume that will be received, the system generates a decision of whether to accept or reject the cargo booking to maximize revenue generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: QATAR FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Stefano Rizzo, Ji Lucas, Zoi Kaoudi, Jorge-Arnulfo Quiane-Ruiz, Sanjay Chawla
  • Patent number: 11749124
    Abstract: A technique for user interaction with an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is described. In an example embodiment, perception inputs from one or more sensor devices are processed to build a shared virtual environment that is representative of a physical environment. The sensor devices used to generate perception inputs can include image capture devices onboard an autonomous aerial vehicle that is in flight through the physical environment. The shared virtual environment can provide a continually updated representation of the physical environment which is accessible to multiple network-connected devices, including multiple UAVs and multiple mobile computing devices. The shared virtual environment can be used, for example, to display visual augmentations at network-connected user devices and guide autonomous navigation by the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Galton Bachrach, Adam Parker Bry, Matthew Joseph Donahoe, Hayk Martirosyan
  • Patent number: 11738886
    Abstract: An aircraft lifecycle in which digital data for an aircraft part is automatically collected, retained, and utilized to individualize aircraft inspection and maintenance is described. Several types of data, including non-destructive evaluation and measurement data and structural health monitoring data, are used in a feedback loop having various phases which may automatically receive data in digital format from other phases. In this manner the part being designed, fabricated, tested, and maintained for the aircraft is optimized and processes involved in the lifecycle of the part is made more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Jeong-Beom Ihn, William T. McDowell
  • Patent number: 11734164
    Abstract: A method for testing a, in particular safety-relevant, technical system, in particular encompassing software. The system is represented by a model encompassing at least two or more components. An assumption of a respective component regarding the safety-relevant system, and a guarantee of a respective component to the safety-relevant technical system, are specified by a safety contract. Executable program code is generated based on at least one assumption and based on at least one guarantee. The safety-relevant technical system is tested by executing the program code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Arne Nordmann, Peter Munk, Andreas-Juergen Rohatschek, Eike Martin Thaden, Lydia Gauerhof, Markus Schweizer
  • Patent number: 11735055
    Abstract: A machine-readable media including executable instructions, when executed by one or more processors of a flight management system in a following aircraft. The machine-readable media configured to provide instructions to a flight management system of a following aircraft operating according to a following aircraft planned path, in reference to a target aircraft operating according to a target aircraft planned path, receive information regarding the target aircraft, set a required time of arrival at an achieve-by-point, and engage a required time of arrival function to enable the following aircraft to reach the achieve-by-point by the required time of arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Terry Lee Williams, Andrew Douglas Gent, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Patent number: 11731698
    Abstract: Navigation of a solar vehicle is provided by obtaining a target geographic destination for the vehicle having one or more photovoltaic solar arrays; obtaining configuration data defining a target solar vector relative to a reference frame of the vehicle; identifying a current geographic positioning of the vehicle via a geo-positioning system of the vehicle, including a current geographic location and a current geographic orientation of the vehicle; identifying a current solar vector relative to the reference frame of the vehicle; and during at least a portion of a solar day, outputting a steering command for the vehicle for an indirect path from the current geographic location toward the target geographic destination that is based, at least in part, on a comparison of the current solar vector to the target solar vector. The steering command can be presented to a human operator or programmatically implemented by an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Liquid Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher David Cencula
  • Patent number: 11726482
    Abstract: Techniques for multi-factor pathfinding are disclosed. A system receives multiple data sets that represent multiple physical properties associated with multiple three-dimensional coordinates of a physical environment. The system generates multiple weighted data layers corresponding to the physical properties, at least by applying weights to the data sets. The system generates a multi-factor costmap for the three-dimensional environment, based at least on the weighted data layers. The system determines a path through the three-dimensional environment, based at least on the multi-factor costmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Rupal Nigam, James Mullen
  • Patent number: 11725597
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating an aircraft having two or more engines are described. The method comprises operating the two or more engines of the aircraft in an asymmetric operating regime, wherein a first of the engines is in an active mode to provide motive power to the aircraft and a second of the engines is in a standby mode to provide substantially no motive power to the aircraft, receiving a request to exit the asymmetric operating regime, the request having at least one parameter associated therewith, selecting one of a plurality of available exit protocols as a function of the at least one parameter, and applying the exit protocol by commanding the engines accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventor: Patrick Manoukian
  • Patent number: 11727817
    Abstract: An emergency or medical package comprising has: a body; attachment fittings, for attachment to complementary fittings of a UAV; and a plurality of compartments for housing medical or emergency supplies, including a compartment for a headset, providing two-way communication between a user of a headset and a person remote from the package, wherein the headset includes at least one camera, providing a video feed, that is sent to a remote person. A method of delivering these supplies and providing control over the use of the supplies provides two-way audio and visual communication between a remote person and the user wearing the headset, whereby the remote person can provide instructions and directions to the user. A method of planning a route for the delivery of a medical or emergency package by UAV, and a method for providing for a delivery of a priority package are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Drone Delivery Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Di Benedetto, Gregory Colacitti
  • Patent number: 11727341
    Abstract: A network system provides delivery of items using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. The network system uses an infrastructure of nodes that include landing pads to dock drones, as well as interfaces to provide and receive items from docked drones. Nodes may be stationary (e.g., fixed at a building rooftop or public transit station) or mobile (e.g., mounted to a vehicle). The network system may determine a route for delivery of an item, where a drone transports the item for at least a portion of the route. For example, the route may include multiple waypoints associated with nodes between which drones travel. For other portions of the route, the network system may request a provider to transport the item using a ground-based vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Nikhil Goel, Mark Moore, Jeffrey A. Holden
  • Patent number: 11724805
    Abstract: A control method includes acquiring motion information of a tracked object, and based on the motion information, controlling movement of a carrying device that carries a tracking device to enable the tracking device to track the tracked object while maintaining approximately unchanged an angle between a moving direction of the tracked object and a line connecting the tracked object and the tracking device when the tracked object moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Qian, Cong Zhao, Junfeng Yu, Xuyang Feng, Ang Liu
  • Patent number: 11722462
    Abstract: In an aspect of the present disclosure is a system for encrypted flight plan communications, the system including a first computing device communicatively connected to a peer-to-peer network including a second computing device, the first computing device configured to receive a verified flight plan from the second computing device, wherein the verified flight plan is encrypted, wherein the verified flight plan comprises battery datum, and decrypt the verified flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Hoekje List, Vincent Moeykens
  • Patent number: 11721220
    Abstract: Systems and methods may be used for monitoring and identifying failure in flight management systems. For example, a method may include: calculating, using a first flight management system, a first value of a guidance command for controlling an aircraft for an RNP AP procedure; receiving a second value of the guidance command from a second flight management system; comparing the first value with the second value to determine whether the first value matches the second value; upon determining that the first value does not match the second value, using a flight management system monitor to determine, from the first flight management system and the second flight management system, a flight management system that has computed a correct value of the guidance command; and generating a message indicating that the determined flight management system is to be used to guide the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Hillier, Daniel E. Lewis, Baptiste Duffourd
  • Patent number: 11721218
    Abstract: A system to remotely detect and identify an airborne drone presenting a flight risk to piloted aircraft. A warning of the hazardous drone is presented to the piloted aircraft. An airborne drone is observed by any of several means, to include receipt of drone location or identification data broadcast by the drone or broadcast by a ground-based system, or through a piloted aircraft airborne sensor. The safety warning and real-time observation of a hazardous drone may be shared among other piloted aircraft, in particular to other subscribing aircraft approaching the airspace of the hazardous drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Drone Traffic, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Eric Zelenka
  • Patent number: 11721235
    Abstract: A method of simulating a quadcopter includes recording camera output for one or more video cameras under constant conditions and subtracting a constant signal from the recorded camera output to obtain a camera noise recording. Simulated camera noise is generated from the camera noise recording and is added to a plurality of simulated camera outputs of a quadcopter simulator to generate noise-added simulated camera outputs. The noise-added simulated camera outputs are sent to an Artificial Intelligence (AI) controller coupled to the quadcopter simulator for the AI controller to use to pilot a simulated quadcopter of the quadcopter simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Performance Drone Works LLC
    Inventor: Vedran Skarica
  • Patent number: 11712637
    Abstract: A method of controlling a gyroscopically-stabilized projectile, comprising a control system producing a control signal, a rotating aerodynamic shell, and a reaction mass system responsive to the control signal, the method comprising: imparting rotational and translational kinetic energy to induce gyroscopic stabilization of the projectile about a gyroscopic axis and a movement of the projectile along a flight path; interacting the shell with surrounding air while moving, to induce aerodynamic forces; generating the control signal from the control system; and altering a state of the reaction wheel system selectively in dependence on the control signal, to alter the flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 11715382
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for determining aircraft orientation are described herein. One device includes instructions executable to determine a subsection of a rendering of a portion of an airport, wherein the subsection is associated with a particular stand of the airport, and wherein the subsection includes a plurality of ground travel pathways, determine a first subset of the plurality of pathways, a second subset of the plurality of pathways, and a third subset of the plurality of pathways, track a location of an outbound aircraft within the subsection of the rendering, determine an orientation of the aircraft according to a first set of rules responsive to a determination that the location of the aircraft is within the first or second subset of the plurality of pathways, and determine the orientation of the aircraft according to a second set of rules responsive to a determination that the location of the aircraft is within the third subset of the plurality of pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Kameswararao Belamkonda
  • Patent number: 11710414
    Abstract: Flying lane management systems and methods implemented in an air traffic control system communicatively coupled to one or more passenger drones via one or more wireless networks include initiating communication to the one or more passenger drones at a preflight stage for each, wherein the communication is via one or more cell towers associated with the one or more wireless networks, wherein the plurality of passenger drones each comprise hardware and antennas adapted to communicate to the plurality of cell towers; determining a flying lane for the one or more passenger drones based on a destination, current air traffic in a region under management of the air traffic control system, and based on detected obstructions in the region; and providing the flying lane to the one or more passenger drones are an approval to takeoff and fly along the flying lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Metal Raptor, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 11710092
    Abstract: Systems and methods of delivering an item to a mobile delivery receptacle are disclosed. A method of delivering an item to a mobile delivery receptacle can include receiving from a mobile delivery receptacle a location of the mobile delivery receptacle. Based on a cross-referencing credential, the method can include verifying the location of the mobile delivery receptacle. The method may include identifying a mobile delivery unit and determining a position of the mobile delivery unit. The method can include calculating a delivery route from the position of the mobile delivery unit to the mobile delivery receptacle and passing the location of the delivery resource and the delivery route to the mobile delivery unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Stephen M. Dearing
  • Patent number: 11710065
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for determining send times to provide electronic communications based on predicted response rates by utilizing a Bayesian approach and multi-armed bandit algorithms. For example, the disclosed systems can generate predicted response rates by training and utilizing one or more response rate prediction models to generate a weighted combination of user-specific response information and population-specific response information. The disclosed systems can further utilize a Bayes upper-confidence-bound send time model to determine send times that are more likely to elicit user responses based on the predicted response rates and further based on exploration and exploitation considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Jun He, Shiyuan Gu, Zhenyu Yan, Wuyang Dai, Yi-Hong Kuo, Abhishek Pani