Aeronautical Vehicle Patents (Class 701/3)
  • Patent number: 10660277
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for managing growing vine in a vineyard includes operating one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to fly over a plurality of sections of a vineyard. The UAVs are fitted with a plurality of cameras equipped to generate images in a plurality of spectrums. The plurality of sections of the vineyard grow vines of a plurality of varietals. The method further includes taking a plurality of aerial images of the sections of the vineyard in the plurality of spectrums, using the plurality of cameras, while the UAVs are flying over the plurality of sections of the vineyard, and executing an analyzer on a computing system to machine analyze the plurality of aerial images for anomalies associated with growing the vines of the plurality of varietals. The machine analysis takes into consideration topological information of the vineyard, as well as current planting information of the vineyard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Pollen Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Keith McCall, Carolyn Canterman, Trina Nelson
  • Patent number: 10663300
    Abstract: This invention proposes a new method and software to generate a path with good quality for aerial video shooting in large scale scenes. Using a coarse 2.5D model of a scene, this path generation method consists of several steps: first the user is expected to specify a set of landmarks and designate a superset of key-views for each landmark; our system then automatically generates and evaluates a variety of local camera moves for observing each landmark, which are smooth and collision-free; then automatically determines the optimal order in which the landmarks should be visited, chaining the local camera moves into a single continuous trajectory. Thus, users are able to focus on specifying the visual content that should be captured by the aerial video, rather than on the difficult lower level aspects of designing and specifying the precise drone and camera motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen University
    Inventors: Hui Huang, Ke Xie
  • Patent number: 10665038
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing air traffic and tolling for a plurality of unmanned aircraft system. Various embodiments include terrestrial and unmanned aircraft system based tracking modules for tracking a plurality of unmanned aircraft systems and reporting flight data to a tolling entity for collection from operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Class G Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason J. Crist
  • Patent number: 10665117
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products for locating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A region of airspace may be scanned with two scanning apparatuses. Each scanning apparatus may include one or more directional Radio Frequency (RF) antennae. The two scanning apparatuses may have different locations. Radio frequency signals emitted by a UAV can be received at each of the two scanning apparatuses. The received radio frequency signals can be processed to determine a first location of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Just
  • Patent number: 10657829
    Abstract: A method of calculation, by a flight management system termed FMS, of a trajectory flown by an aircraft comprises the steps, calculated by the FMS, of: for at least one transition of the trajectory arising from the flight plan: 1) determining an initial transition comprising at least one arc exhibiting a single initial turning radius, 2) determining an initial trajectory incorporating the initial transition, 3) determining for each parameter a plurality of predicted values of the parameter in the course of the initial transition, 4) determining a plurality of ordered subdivisions of the arc of the initial transition according to a predetermined criterion, 5) determining, for each subdivision, an associated turning radius, 6) determining an improved transition on the basis of the ordered subdivisions and of the successive associated turning radii, 7) determining an improved trajectory incorporating the improved transition, 8) displaying the improved trajectory to a pilot of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Vincent Savarit, Franck Paruit, Yohann Combes
  • Patent number: 10654642
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method comprises: receiving thermal energy at a heat resistant container; converting all or a portion of the received thermal energy into electric energy; converting the electric energy into electromagnetic energy; and radiating the electromagnetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Lowell Miller, Gary Kersten, Kendall McAdams
  • Patent number: 10657827
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for sending a flight plan for execution by a drone, where the flight plan is adapted to a flight controller of the drone. Receiving flight data from the drone while the drone is executing the flight plan. Determining a modification to the flight plan based on the flight data received from the drone. Sending the modification to the flight plan to the drone while the drone is executing the flight plan, such that the drone executes the flight plan as modified by the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DroneSense LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Eyhorn
  • Patent number: 10654560
    Abstract: One embodiment is a method including defining a maximum deflection for a first axis of a control surface axis of an aircraft; defining a maximum deflection for a second axis of the control surface; and creating a graphical representation of the maximum deflection for the first and second control surface axes. The method further includes determining an angle of rotation of a structure on which the control surface is carried, wherein the angle of rotation is relative to a body of the aircraft; rotating the graphical representation in accordance with the determined angle of rotation; calculating a distance between a point representing a selected combination of roll moment and yaw moment and each edge of the graphical representation; and calculating a control surface deflection based on the calculated distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Yibum Chung, Matthew E. Louis
  • Patent number: 10654475
    Abstract: Based on a detection information from a plurality of sensors detecting a surrounding object in different fashions, a vehicle control apparatus configured to perform vehicle control for avoiding or mitigating a collision with the object determines an occurrence of a detection capability impaired state in which a detection capability for detecting the object is impaired at any of sensors, based on the detection information about the sensor or the other sensors. The vehicle control apparatus shortens an actuation time until implementing the vehicle control, in comparison with a time when the sensor detects the object without causing the detection capability impaired state, if the object is detected by the sensor in which the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated within a predetermined time after determining that the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Takaki
  • Patent number: 10649469
    Abstract: Indoor mapping and modular control for UAVs and other autonomous vehicles, and associated systems and methods. A representative unmanned aerial vehicle system includes a body, a propulsion system carried by the body, a sensor system carried by the body, and a controller carried at least in part by the body and operatively coupled to the propulsion system and the sensor system. The controller is programmed with instructions that, when executed, operate in a first autonomous mode and a second autonomous mode. In the first autonomous mode, the instructions autonomously direct the propulsion system to convey the body along a first route within an indoor environment. While the body travels along the first route, the instructions receive inputs from the sensor system corresponding to features of the indoor environment. The features are stored as part of a 3-D map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VTRUS INC.
    Inventors: Renato Fernando Salas-Moreno, Carlos Rafael Sanchez, Jonathan David Lenoff
  • Patent number: 10650589
    Abstract: An apparatus accesses terrain data describing a surface and comprising a plurality of positions located on the surface. The apparatus determines curvatures/second derivatives of the surface between adjacent positions along surface spanning lines along the surface. The apparatus defines vertices by determining an accumulated absolute curvature along the line spanning the surface based on the curvature between positions by adding the absolute value of the curvature to the accumulated absolute curvature, determining whether the accumulated absolute curvature is equal to or greater than a reset value, and when it is determined that the accumulated absolute curvature is equal to or greater than the reset value, defining a vertex at the position. When it is determined that the accumulated absolute curvature is not equal to or greater than the reset value, the absolute value of the next curvature is added to the accumulated absolute curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Mauritius Seeger
  • Patent number: 10650683
    Abstract: An aviation system to identify and avoid airborne drones presenting a flight risk to piloted aircraft. Hazardous drones are identified through piloted aircraft airborne sensors and combined with any available knowledge of anticipated drone activity to provide a safety warning to the piloted aircraft. The safety warning and real-time identification of hazardous drones may be shared among multiple piloted aircraft, to include aircraft unequipped with airborne sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Drone Traffic, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Eric Zelenka
  • Patent number: 10645291
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide enhanced resolution imaging systems comprising: a mounting; an electro-optical image capture system; an angular jitter sensor system; an illumination source system; and an image capture control circuit is configured to: receive ling of sight displacement data; obtain, during the capture frame, an angular displacement of the image capture system and monitor when the detected angular displacement of the image capture system, based on the LOS angular displacement data, is beyond an angular displacement threshold envelope; and activate exposure of the image capture system to illumination, during the capture frame, when the detected angular displacement of the image capture system is within the angular displacement threshold envelope, and control a level of exposure of the image capture system to illumination, during the capture frame, when the detected angular displacement is not within the angular displacement threshold envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Mickel, Matthew C. Cristina, Jason A. Paxton
  • Patent number: 10640208
    Abstract: A method is provided for sending a drone to a user on request. The method includes providing software, an instance of which is installed on a plurality of mobile technology platforms, wherein each mobile technology platform is associated with a user and is equipped with a tangible, non-transient medium having an instance of the software installed therein. The software contains suitable programming instructions which, when executed by a processor, perform the steps of (a) displaying, on a display associated with the mobile technology platform, a graphical user interface (GUI) having a user selectable object displayed thereon, (b) determining when the user selectable object has been selected by a user, and (c) when the user selectable object has been selected by the user, (i) determining the current location of the user via the location awareness functionality, and (ii) transmitting a request for a drone, wherein the request includes the determined current location of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PICPOCKET LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Wolfram K. Gauglitz
  • Patent number: 10640231
    Abstract: A flight-time variable associated with an aircraft is determined including by determining the flight-time variable while the aircraft is flying. It is determined whether the aircraft is airworthy based at least in part on the flight-time variable. In response to determining that the aircraft is not airworthy, the aircraft is automatically landed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander David Selwa, Mark Johnson Cutler
  • Patent number: 10629082
    Abstract: Techniques for managing a flow of an unmanned vehicle within a space may be described. In particular, the unmanned vehicle may be determined as being location within the space. The space may be associated with metric that may be based on a plurality of other unmanned vehicles also located within the space. Pairs of location and time data may be computed for the unmanned vehicle. The pairs may represent a path for the unmanned vehicle to use within the space. The pairs of location data and time data computed based on data associated with the unmanned vehicle, data associated with at least one of the other unmanned vehicles, and the metric associated with the space. Once computed, the pairs may be provided to the unmanned vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Michael Paczan
  • Patent number: 10629067
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus processing acceleration data of a sensing device to determine whether the device is located on an aircraft during landing or taking off or in the air or landed. Based on a state of the sensing device, such as take-off, the sensing device is prevented from transmitting signals. In embodiments, the sensing device compares network identifying information stored in memory of the sensing device and locally received network identifying information. For at least one positive comparison of the network identifying information stored in the memory and the locally received network identifying information, the sensing device is prevented from transmitting signals. In embodiments, the acceleration data and the network identifying information provide independent ways to selectively prevent the sensing device from transmitting signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Tive, Inc.
    Inventors: Krenar Komoni, Robert Alan Vice
  • Patent number: 10618467
    Abstract: A method for providing an omnidirectional image of the surroundings of a vehicle including distance information comprises a plurality of mono cameras placed at different positions of a vehicle's obtaining a plurality of images with different field of views; an image processing device disposed in the vehicle's combining the plurality of images into an omnidirectional image showing the surroundings of the vehicle; the image processing device's selecting two images with overlapping regions from among the plurality of images and generating a stereo image for the overlapping region by using the two images; a display device disposed in the vehicle displaying an omnidirectional image and displaying information about objects recognized through the stereo image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Jae Wook Jeon, Sang Jun Lee, Jin Young Byun, Byung Oh Jo, Seong Wook Jang
  • Patent number: 10620642
    Abstract: An aircraft and a roll method thereof. The aircraft comprises an aircraft body and a remote control, a motor, a power supply, a controller, a six-axis inertial sensor and an H-bridge chip. The remote control is configured for a user to input a desired inclination angle of the aircraft, and transmit the desired inclination angle to the controller, the desired inclination angle being 180° or 360°. The six-axis inertial sensor is configured to detect a current real-time inclination angle of the aircraft relative to a horizontal plane, and transmit the real-time inclination angle to the controller. The controller is configured to compute a difference value between the desired inclination angle and the real-time inclination angle, and compute a roll voltage according to the difference value. The controller is further configured to control the H-bridge chip so that the roll voltage is input to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Yuneec Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10620629
    Abstract: An example computing device may detect through a sensor that an aircraft started a particular phase of flight. The computing device may autonomously take independent actions on behalf of service operators to automatically allocate and assign resources to the aircraft based on availability of the resources and the flight phase of the aircraft. The computing device may thus trigger preparation of a particular service ahead of arrival of the aircraft, such that the associated service equipment is ready when the aircraft arrives at the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Laughlin, John W. Glatfelter
  • Patent number: 10604236
    Abstract: A method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is described. In one example, the method includes: detecting, by one or more processors of a controller within a UAV, whether flight control surfaces of the UAV are operating nominally; switching, by the one or more processors of the controller, in response to detecting that one or more of the flight control surfaces of the UAV are not operating nominally, to implementing a backup control mode configured to operate the UAV in flight with non-nominal operability of one or more of the control surfaces of the UAV; and operating, by the one or more processors of the controller, the UAV in the backup control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Raghu Venkataraman, Peter Seiler, Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 10604254
    Abstract: System and methods for managing one or more unmanned aerial vehicles. The system can include an unmanned aerial vehicle, a landing station for the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a loading station for receiving a package and unmanned aerial vehicle. The unmanned aerial vehicle can be configured to: (i) determine a first confidence level for landing on the landing station, (ii) travel, based on the first confidence level, to the landing station, and (iii) determine a second confidence level for delivering the package to a delivery destination. The loading station can be configured to: (i) receive the second confidence level to deliver the package to the delivery destination from the unmanned aerial vehicle, and (ii) confirm, based on the second confidence level, the unmanned aerial vehicle is capable of delivering the package to the delivery destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: John J. O'Brien, Donald R. High, Brian McHale, Samantha M. Mangosing, Justin Schuhardt, Robert Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10605166
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a variable inlet geometry mechanism of an aircraft engine. At least one first input signal indicative of at least one operating parameter of an aircraft engine is received. At least one second input signal indicative of a level of crosswind experienced by the aircraft and of an airspeed of the aircraft being below a predetermined threshold is received. A schedule is determined for positioning a the variable inlet geometry mechanism based on the at least one first input signal and of the at least one second input signal. The variable inlet geometry mechanism is then positioned in accordance with the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Andrew Roach, Wai-Lyn Wong, Sebastian Jaehun Kim
  • Patent number: 10606265
    Abstract: A method of controlling at least one actuator for controlling an aircraft. The method comprises data acquisition steps performed using at least two mutually distinct sensors, the sensors being suitable for taking mutually distinct measurements of at least one flight parameter of the aircraft. Calculation steps generate at least two mutually distinct control laws for controlling the actuator(s). The control laws are functions of the respective measurements. The method controls the actuator(s) sequentially with a first control law in alternation with a second control law.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Thierry Vieux
  • Patent number: 10600020
    Abstract: An approach is provided for generating delivery data models for aerial package delivery. The approach involves determining at least one delivery surface data object to represent one or more delivery surfaces of at least one delivery location, wherein the one or more delivery surfaces represents at least one surface upon which to deliver at least one package. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, a creation of at least one complete delivery data model based, at least in part, on the at least one delivery surface data object to represent the at least one delivery location. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, an encoding of at least one geographic address in the at least one complete delivery data model to cause, at least in part, an association of the at least one complete delivery data model with at least one geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Stenneth, Leo Modica
  • Patent number: 10599534
    Abstract: Remote electronic units effective to generate output data for an actuator are described. A remote electronic unit may include first, second, and third lanes. The first, second, and third lanes may receive input data including an actuator command. The first, second, and third lanes may generate first, second, and third output data, respectively, based on the input data. The first, second, and third lanes may respectively send the first, second, and third output data to a voter. The first and second lanes may respectively send the first and second output data to a multiplexer. The voter may output a selection signal to the multiplexer if at least two out of the first, second, and third output data are identical. The multiplexer may select one of the first and the second output data based on the selection signal and transmit the selection to the actuator via an actuator control electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Gurjeet S. Jaggi, Bryan W. Berical, James F. Buchanan, Bryan L. Early, Gary P. Ellsworth, Dino A. Gianisis
  • Patent number: 10597154
    Abstract: A method for controlling a flying projectile which rotates during flight, comprising: determining an angle of rotation of an inertial mass spinning about an axis during flight; and controlling at least one actuator for altering at least a portion of an aerodynamic structure, selectively in dependence on the determined angle of rotation and a control input, to control aerodynamic forces during flight. An aerodynamic surface may rotate and interact with surrounding air during flight, to produce aerodynamic forces. A sensor determines an angular rotation of the spin during flight. A control system, responsive to the sensor, produces a control signal in dependence on the determined angular rotation. An actuator selectively alters an aerodynamic characteristic of the aerodynamic surface in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10591920
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are related to a method, apparatus and system for joint motion planning and trajectory estimation, comprising: determining a cost function to describe system kinematics comprising trajectories, speeds, and accelerations of a host vehicle and of one or more other vehicles for each possible intention of the host vehicle and of the other vehicles, wherein the trajectories are described with spline functions; and determining jointly the trajectories of the host vehicle and of the other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhaoyang Lv, Aliakbar Aghamohammadi
  • Patent number: 10594915
    Abstract: Videography of surfaces and improved positional control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are disclosed. Embodiments include a “panning” piloting scenario. The panning can include control parameters relative to a normal vector to a point P of a plane representing a surface, or relative to a direction of gravity and attributes of the surface. For example, the UAV can be programmed, or controlled, to “pan” about the point on the plane maintaining a certain distance therefrom while rotating about angles to the normal vector. Methods of estimating a surface include determining a plane including three non-collinear points of the surface. The plane determined can be relative to the direction of gravity, such as vertically parallel to gravity. A piloting routine can include piloting a UAV to various angles relative to the vector normal to the plane and distances to the location on the surface and/or point on the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Platypus IP LLC
    Inventor: David Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 10594872
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless network service provider selection are provided. In one embodiment, a method comprises: determining when there is there a positive balance of an unutilized allowance for at least one of a plurality of available wireless network service providers; when there is a positive balance of an unutilized allowance, designating one service provider from the plurality of available wireless network service providers as a selected wireless network service provider based at least in part on the unutilized allowance; and adjusting operation of one or more radio communication transceivers to establish a communication link via the selected wireless network service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Divya Swarup Giriyappa Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10586186
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a fog drone that selects, organizes, monitors, and controls a plurality of drones in a fleet. The fog drone receives a job to be completed from a dispatcher and identifies the resources for accomplishing the job such as the amount of material (e.g., fiber optic cable) or the type of drones (e.g., drones with RF antennas or digging implements) needed to execute the job. Using the identified resources, the fog drone estimates the number of drones needed to complete the job and can recruit available drones to form the fleet. Once the fleet is formed, the fog drone determines a number of drones to place on standby to replace active drones if those drones need to recharge or malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Johnston, Rama Darbha, David C. White, Jr., Magnus Mortensen
  • Patent number: 10580312
    Abstract: A device, system and method is provided for obtaining and processing turbulence data via communication devices located on-board airplanes. Turbulence data obtained by a plurality of communication devices may be received during flights on-board respective ones of a plurality of airplanes. Turbulence map data may be generated by super-positioning the turbulence data received from the plurality of communication devices onto a single tempo-spatial frame of reference. The turbulence map data may be distributed to one or more of the communication devices. A device, system and method is also provided for generating turbulence map data that may reduce or eliminate “false positive” turbulence events. A device, system and method is also provided for communicating with on-board communication devices operating in a “flight crew mode” or a “passenger mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Yamasee Ltd.
    Inventors: Oran Hampel, Zivi Nedivi, Moshe Shitrit
  • Patent number: 10577098
    Abstract: Provided is a drone having a reconfigurable shape, more specifically, a drone having a reconfigurable shape that is capable of being horizontally flown without a rotation motion of the drone by configuring unit module drones having a rectangular parallelepiped shape that may apply thrusts in six directions and is capable of being flown singly or flown in various shapes by forming an assembly drone by coupling between the unit module drones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Sungho Chang
  • Patent number: 10577084
    Abstract: A flight management system (FMS) including a plurality of FMS components that can include a civil FMS component and a tactical FMS component. Each FMS component can have a processor programmed to execute an FMS software product. The FMS can also include a multi core FMS manager configured to control a plurality of flight management systems and coupled to the plurality of FMS components. The multi core FMS manager can include a plurality of FMS managers, each coupled to one of the FMS components, and a platform interface manager coupled to an avionics system. Each FMS manager can be adapted to transmit flight management data to, and to receive flight management data from, the FMS component to which it is coupled. The platform interface manager can be adapted to provide each FMS component access to the avionics system, such that an aircraft operator can control each FMS component via the FMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lester J. Pangilinan, John Olsen
  • Patent number: 10571883
    Abstract: An actuator device including two actuators associated with command circuits and monitoring circuits that are segregated. A control and monitoring card. Calculation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventor: Yann Vandenbaviere
  • Patent number: 10574945
    Abstract: Techniques are described for an autonomous asset management system that integrates autonomous devices, such as drone devices and other robotic devices, with a home security system of a property to enable management, monitoring, and/or tracking of various assets located within the property. In some implementations, an indication of an asset associated with a property is obtained by an autonomous device. Sensor data collected by one or more sensors of the property is obtained by the autonomous device based on the indication of the asset. A present status of the asset is determined by the autonomous device based on the sensor data. A determination that the present status of the asset does not correspond to an expected status of the asset is made by the autonomous device. In response, the autonomous device navigates to the particular location of the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorported
    Inventors: Ahmad Seyfi, Babak Rezvani
  • Patent number: 10562625
    Abstract: A fact checking system utilizes social networking information and analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The social networking fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information and/or provides a status of the information, including automatically modifying a web page to include the fact check results. The fact checking system is able to be implemented utilizing a drone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 10565730
    Abstract: A technique is provided to enable reduction in cost relating to installation of orientation targets in aerial photogrammetry. A survey data processing device includes a positioning data receiving unit, a relative orientation unit, an absolute orientation unit, and an adjustment calculation executing unit. The positioning data receiving unit receives positioning data obtained by tracking and positioning a reflective prism of an aerial vehicle by a total station. The aerial vehicle also has a camera. The relative orientation unit calculates relative exterior orientation parameters of the camera by relative orientation using photographed images taken by the camera. The absolute orientation unit provides a true scale to the relative exterior orientation parameters by absolute orientation using the positioning data and the relative exterior orientation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOPCON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Sasaki, Nobuyuki Fukaya, Nobuyuki Nishita
  • Patent number: 10559197
    Abstract: In an example, a method determines one or more characteristics of an intersection of two or more lanes of a roadway and determines a plurality of compatible movement groups representing allowable movement options of vehicles approaching the intersection. The method further calculates delays for the compatible movement groups, respectively, selects a compatible movement group from the plurality of compatible movement groups based on the delays, and provides control instructions to a set of the vehicles in a control region of the intersection associated with the compatible movement group to control one or more dynamics of each of the vehicles of the set as the vehicles of the set traverse the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hao Yang, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10548257
    Abstract: A device may receive first information associated with an emergence area. The first information may include imagery data of the emergence area. The device may determine an expected commodity quantity value based on the first information. The device may determine an actual commodity quantity value based on the imagery data. The device may determine an emergence value, associated with the emergence area, based on the expected commodity quantity value and the actual commodity quantity value. The device may receive second information associated with a commodity, and may determine one or more conditions based on the second information and the emergence value. The device may determine a recommendation based on the one or more conditions, and may provide the recommendation to permit and/or cause an action to be performed in association with the emergence area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Artemis Koutsorodi, Badri Lokanathan, Ankur Mathur, Brandon Webber, Gregory P. Spata, Paul M. Barsamian, Adalberto Gonzalez Ayala
  • Patent number: 10551205
    Abstract: The invention discloses a vehicle management system which is energy centric. The system may be configured to operate on a terrestrial vehicle, a nautical or on an aerial vehicle. It is configured to allow a user input a route comprising legs, each leg associated with an activity and an energy consumption mode. The system captures parameters from sensors or sensor emulators to compute a position of the vehicle and a predicted energy consumption per leg. The system comprises a display unit which associates graphically the activities, their energy consumptions and their duration. It allows the user to simulate what-if scenarios, to continuously visualize the impact of modifications of some of the parameters of energy consumption on an energy/time/range budget. The invention discloses a vehicle energy management system wherein the simulation capability is configured to display the time spent on each activity in a scale which is commensurate to the energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ECOLE NATIONALE DE L'AVIATION CIVILE
    Inventors: Hélène Gaspard-Boulinc, Stéphane Conversy, Jean-Luc Vinot, Mickaël Loubriat, Alexandre Duchevet, Clëment Dupont, Matthieu Riedinger, Matthieu Pujos, Raïlane Benhacene, Denis Louviot
  • Patent number: 10549745
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle having a powertrain including an engine and an electric machine, and controllers configured to derate powertrain output torque below a nominal maximum to a fault-torque limit, in response to a vehicle fault or issue. The vehicle and controllers are also configured to transiently increase powertrain torque output above the fault-torque limit in response to a torque demand that exceeds the limit, and which is needed to enable a predicted vehicle maneuver. The controller also establishes a predicted duration for the predicted interim vehicle maneuver and for override of the fault-torque limit and delivery of the additional torque from the torque-demand signal and other signals. The predicted duration includes a time span to maneuver through roadway obstacles and traffic, but does not exceed a limited operation time or a limited power output established by the controller from the vehicle issue or fault identified by the fault signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chen Zhang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Mark Davison
  • Patent number: 10553045
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes obtaining fault information regarding a fault associated with a first drone. The computer-implemented method additionally includes obtaining context parameter data of the first drone. The computer-implemented method additionally includes, responsive to obtaining the fault information and the context parameter data, determining to apply a first test case of a plurality of test cases based on a first risk value determined for the first test case using the context parameter data. The first test case is associated with the fault. The computer-implemented method additionally includes causing the first drone to initiate execution of the first test case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ashish Kundu, Ruchi Mahindru, Valentina Salapura, Manas R. Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 10546268
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for creating customized delivery paths for unmanned aerial vehicle deliveries are provided. Aspects include receiving, from a delivery recipient, one or more delivery locations for a delivery of a package and receiving, from the delivery recipient, a flight plan associated with each of the one or more delivery locations, wherein at least one of the flight plans include an authorized path across a private property. Aspects also include receiving, from the delivery recipient, a set of delivery recipient preferences that are used to determine which of the one or more delivery locations should be used to deliver the package and storing, by a processor in a computer readable medium, the set of delivery recipient preferences for use in determining a delivery location for a package to the delivery recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica P. Doherty, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Justin A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10537818
    Abstract: A launch platform may include sensor(s) that detect movement of a platform that supports an aircraft. The platform may move in response to departure of the aircraft from the platform. In response to a change in a signal or signal state of the sensor(s), a timer may initiate timing of a race. The timer may be stopped in response to a second or later change in a signal or signal state of the sensor(s). A target may extend above the platform and, when impacted by an aircraft, may cause the second or later change in the signal or signal state of the sensor(s). By using the target, the aircraft may stop the timer by impacting or colliding with the target rather than landing on the platform. In some embodiments, the launch platform may be configured to track time for a race that includes a predetermined number of laps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: James Vincent Green
  • Patent number: 10540901
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle includes a camera, one or more sensors, memory storing first instructions that define an overall mission, and memory storing one or more mission cues. The vehicle further includes one or more processors configured to execute a first part of the first instructions to perform a first part of the overall mission. The processors are configured to process at least one of the image data and the sensor data to detect a presence of at least one of the mission cues. The processors are configured to, in response to detecting a mission cue, interrupting execution of the first instructions and executing second instructions to control the unmanned aerial vehicle to perform a first sub-mission of the overall mission. The processors are configured to after executing the second instructions, performing a second part of the overall mission by executing a second part of the first instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kespry Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Parker Clark
  • Patent number: 10538329
    Abstract: A fact checking system utilizes social networking information and analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The social networking fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information and/or provides a status of the information, including automatically modifying a web page to include the fact check results. The fact checking system is able to be implemented utilizing a drone device. The drone device is able to be implemented in conjunction with a security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 10538340
    Abstract: Systems for mobile launch and retrieval of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) include a rail-based, ground-based, or water-based mobile platform carrying a mobile station for launching and retrieving vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) or non-VTOL UAS while the platform is in motion, based on current position and weather conditions. The mobile platform may include facilities for communicating with the airborne UAS, stowing a retrieved UAS, and reloading/refitting a stowed UAS. The mobile platform may include positionable wake control devices and a partially positionable launch and retrieval mechanism for alleviating turbulence or crosswinds. The mobile platform may include long-range sensors for detecting or identifying obstacles near a rail-based platform that may interfere with the operating envelope of the launch and retrieval mechanisms. The launch and retrieval system may be intermodal and scalable either up or down as mission parameters demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander V. Roup, Joshua R. Bertram, Brian R. Wolford
  • Patent number: 10535272
    Abstract: A method, preferably including: sampling inputs, determining aircraft conditions, and/or acting based on the aircraft conditions. A method, preferably including: sampling inputs, determining input reliability, determining guidance, and/or controlling aircraft operation. A method, preferably including: operating the vehicle, planning for contingencies, detecting undesired flight conditions, and/or reacting to undesired flight conditions. A system, preferably an aircraft such as a rotorcraft, configured to implement the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Skyryse, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Groden, Mitch Adler, Jonathan Reeves, Nur Harell, Christopher Ward
  • Patent number: 10526088
    Abstract: A method for automatically delivering a physical mail includes receiving, by an unmanned aerial vehicle from an unmanned aerial vehicle management system, a delivery information, the delivery information includes information about a first secure mailbox and information about a second secure mailbox, the first secure mailbox being related to a first target user, delivering the physical mail to the first secure mailbox, and rerouting the unmanned aerial vehicle carrying the physical mail from the first secure mailbox to the second secure mailbox in response to the physical mail being delivered to the first secure mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simone Bonazzoli, Marco Borgianni, Claudio Falcone, Alessio Fioravanti, Giuseppe Longobardi, Silvano Lutri, Luigi Presti, Paolo Salerno, Alessandro Tomasi, Francesca Ziantoni