Aeronautical Vehicle Patents (Class 701/3)
  • Patent number: 11364992
    Abstract: Described herein is an example method for aligning an aircraft with a centerline of a runway during takeoff. The method includes accessing a first image captured by a first camera mounted on a first side of the aircraft; accessing a second image captured by a second camera mounted on a second side of the aircraft that is opposite the first side; determining a first angle between a first marked line on the runway in the first image and a first reference line in the first image; determining a second angle between a second marked line on the runway in the second image and a second reference line in the second image; and based on the first angle and the second angle, moving a control surface of the aircraft such that the aircraft moves closer to the centerline of the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Stephen G. Dame
  • Patent number: 11367016
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes generating a visual environment for interactive development of a machine learning (ML) model. The method includes accessing observations of data each of which includes values of independent variables and a dependent variable. The method includes performing a feature construction and selection based on the interactive EDA, and in which select independent variables are selected as or transformed into a set of features for use in building a ML model to predict the dependent variable. The method includes an interactive model building to build the ML model using a ML algorithm, the set of features, and a training set produced from the set of features and observations of the data. And the method includes outputting the ML model for deployment to predict the dependent variable for additional observations of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Seema Chopra, Akshata Kishore Moharir, Arvind Sundararaman, Kaustubh Kaluskar
  • Patent number: 11366726
    Abstract: A communication node (NODE) for connecting a fault-tolerant computer (FTC) to a real-time network (NET), wherein the node receives critical application data (HCAD1, HCAD2) from computation hosts (HOST) of the fault-tolerant computer, and the node is configured to forward the critical application data as node critical application data (NCAD) to the NET. The node includes at least a first end system (ES1), a second end system (ES2) and a switch (SW), and the switch includes at least a commander part (COM), a monitor part (MON) and a comperator part (COMP). The MON and the COMP may be integrated into an integrated part (MONC). The ES1 connects to the computation hosts or a subset thereof, and the ES2 connects to the computation hosts or a subset thereof. The ES1 connects to the COM, and the ES2 connects to the MON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TTTECH COMPUTERTECHNIK AG
    Inventors: Christian Fidi, Günther Bauer
  • Patent number: 11358598
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle identifies an intersection, identifies an object in proximity to the intersection, identifies a plurality of outlets of the intersection, and, for each outlet, identifies a polyline associated with the outlet, identifies a target point along the polyline, and determines a constant curvature path from the object to the target point. The system determines a score associated with each outlet based at least in part on the constant curvature path of the outlet, generates a pruned set of outlets that includes one or more of the outlets from the plurality of outlets based on its score, and for each outlet in the pruned set, generates a reference path from the object to the target point of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Argo AI, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Hartnett, G. Peter K. Carr, Greydon Foil, Constantin Savtchenko
  • Patent number: 11363508
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle uses a calculation unit to calculate a distance between the unmanned aerial vehicle and a controller, uses a search unit to search for an available moving body communication line when the distance exceeds a predetermined threshold in a case where the unmanned aerial vehicle and the controller are directly communicating with each other, and uses a communication continuation processing unit to perform predetermined processing for continuing the communication depending on a search result. The unmanned aerial vehicle, the controller, and the management device may be linked to a block-chain network by communication via the block-chain network in association with processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Nakajima, Hirotaka Uchitomi
  • Patent number: 11358733
    Abstract: A system and method for computing and displaying a fuel optimal idle deceleration start point which minimizes the overall auto throttle movement keeping the throttle at idle detent throughout the maneuver thus minimizing the fuel burn and stress on engine. The need for speed brakes deployment is also reduced because the deceleration distance length is accordingly adjusted based on current parameters. The accurate solution takes into account the current condition such as aircraft weight, altitude and speed and environmental parameters such as wind and temperature. The computed deceleration start point is displayed on map/navigation and vertical display for enhanced flight crew awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Mickelson, Mark W. Volner, Dinesh Kumar Kushwaha
  • Patent number: 11356536
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically managing application loads on a vehicle includes: receiving a plurality of distinct application requests; for each one application request, identifying expected computing resource expenditure data based on one or more attributes of each one application request; and identifying current state data for each of a plurality of computing resources of the vehicle based on an expected utilization of each of the plurality of computing resources for fulfilling each one application request; dynamically generating an execution schedule for executing a subset of or each of the plurality of distinct application requests based on (1) the expected computing resource expenditure data for each one application request and (2) the current state data for each of the plurality of computing resources of the vehicle; and executing the subset of or each of the plurality of distinct application requests based on the execution schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Renovo Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Heiser, Khalid Azam, Jason Stinson, Ioannis Petousis, Anand Ramesh
  • Patent number: 11348472
    Abstract: A system for automatically constructing a flight plan that aligns with a boundary line is provided. The system has a controller that is configured to: automatically select a set of geographical (geo) coordinate waypoints along a boundary line using waypoints from the geographical database responsive to flight crew input; refine the set of geo coordinate waypoints using a calculated turn initiation distance and a turn completion distance for every waypoint; further refine the refined set of geo coordinate waypoints based on the course change between waypoints; generate a set of courses and distances between waypoints through computing, for each set of two consecutive waypoints in the further refined set of geo coordinate waypoints, the course and distance between the two consecutive waypoints; and construct the flight plan based on the waypoints in the further refined set of geo coordinate waypoints and the set of courses and distances between waypoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sanju Kuriakose, Anoop S, Sabu Mathew, Niranjan Kumar, Jan Hart, Janaki Seetharaman
  • Patent number: 11348467
    Abstract: A system in an aerial vehicle for aiding a flight crew with aerial vehicle communication around an airdrome is provided. The system comprises one or more processors configured by programming instructions on non-transient computer readable media. The system is configured to: cause, for each control tower (CT) at the airdrome, an interactive CT icon corresponding to the CT to be displayed on an airport moving map display (AMMD) or airdrome map that depicts the ground space at the airdrome; receive flight crew selection of a CT via selection of the CT icon corresponding to the selected CT; generate a CT frequency list comprising a listing of frequencies associated with the airdrome and the selected CT and not including frequencies not associated with the selected CT; and cause the CT frequency list to be displayed on the AMMD or airdrome map responsive to selection of the selected CT icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Mithun Viswanath, Rashmi A
  • Patent number: 11337358
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques, including systems and methods, for planting using planting pods. A planting system can be configured to deliver pods including a payload (e.g., seeds, cuttings, or other planting materials) into or onto the ground at a predetermined location. In some embodiments, the automated planting system can include a mapping system that receives various sensor inputs and generates a map of a planting area. A pod planting system may use the map of the planting area to deliver pods to the planting area. The pod planting system may be executed automatically using the maps generated by the mapping system and/or manually by a remote operator. Each pod can include a payload to be planted on or in the ground by the pod planting system. Pods may be customized depending on the types of plants being planted, the terrain, prior planting results, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: DENDRA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Lauren E. Fletcher, Matthew S. Ritchie, Susan M. Graham, Shuning Bian
  • Patent number: 11340355
    Abstract: A vehicle computing system validates location data received from a Global Navigation Satellite System receiver with other sensor data. In one embodiment, the system calculates velocities with the location data and the other sensor data. The system generates a probabilistic model for velocity with a velocity calculated with location data and variance associated with the location data. The system determines a confidence score by applying the probabilistic model to one or more of the velocities calculated with other sensor data. In another embodiment, the system implements a machine learning model that considers features extracted from the sensor data. The system generates a feature vector for the location data and determines a confidence score for the location data by applying the machine learning model to the feature vector. Based on the confidence score, the system can validate the location data. The validated location data is useful for navigation and map updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Damon Wheeler, Jeff Adachi, Chen Chen, Gregory William Coombe, Di Zeng
  • Patent number: 11341787
    Abstract: A method of operating a device, the device being configured to communicate with a wireless telecommunications network and the device being in the form of an Autonomous Vehicle (AV), the method comprising the steps of: detecting a fault associated with the AV; and in response to detecting said fault, causing the AV to transmit a mayday wireless network communication for alerting the wireless telecommunications network of the fault; in response to the mayday wireless network communication, identifying a recovery AV that is capable of retrieving at least part of the AV and delivering said at least part to an intended destination; and instructing the recovery AV to perform the retrieving and delivering by communicating an instructing message, wherein the instructing message is in the form of a system information message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS public limited company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hart, Ruth Brown, Maria Cuevas Ramirez
  • Patent number: 11341860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for package pickup and delivery, in an air traffic control system configured to manage Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight in a geographic region, include communicating to one or more UAVs over one or more wireless networks; directing a UAV to pick up a package at a pickup location and to deliver the package to a delivery location, wherein; and directing the UAV to follow an outbound flight path including a plurality of locations to travel to, in a specific order, while outbound to deliver the package, and an inbound flight path including the plurality of locations to travel to, in an order reverse of the specific order, while inbound from delivering the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Metal Raptor, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 11334754
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for monitoring an object in a vehicle which recognize a state of an object from a different type of image through an artificial intelligence algorithm are disclosed. The in-vehicle object monitoring apparatus is an apparatus which monitors an in-vehicle object by using a first image and a second image, and comprises: an interface configured to receive a first image generated by a first camera in a vehicle and a second image generated by a second camera in the vehicle; and a processor configured to, when it is determined that there is an object in each of the first image and the second image, extract the first feature information about the object from the first image, extract the second feature information about the object from the second image, and recognize a state of the object, based on the first feature information and the second feature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyun Kyu Kim, Ki Bong Song
  • Patent number: 11334064
    Abstract: A control method for controlling a movable device includes controlling a motion of the movable device based on a plurality of flight commands in a normal mode; and controlling the motion of the movable device based on a plurality of inverse commands in a reverse return flight mode. An execution order of the plurality of inverse commands is reverse of an execution order of the plurality of commands, the plurality of inverse commands are generated based on the plurality of flight commands, and an operation of each of the inverse commands is opposite to an operation of a corresponding flight command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenzhao Fang, Xiang Teng, Deen Zheng, Xiangzhan Meng
  • Patent number: 11332248
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments that include techniques for a wireless portable cargo control panel with physical controls. The techniques include a portable electronic device (PED) including a display, the PED configured to communicate with a master control panel (MCP) that controls a cargo handling system and a portable control panel (PCP). The PCP includes an interface configured to couple the PED, one or more dedicated physical input selection devices, a directional controller, and one or more orientation indicator displays, wherein each of the one or more orientation indicator displays are configured to be updated based at least in part on orientation information associated with the cargo handling system, PCP, and PED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rameshkumar Balasubramanian, Venkatesan Muthulingam, Steve McQueen, Sudhendra Nayak, Naveen Kumar Mallipattana Hiriyannaiah
  • Patent number: 11327477
    Abstract: Disclosed are a somatosensory remote controller, a somatosensory remote control flight system and method, and a remote control method. The somatosensory remote controller comprises: a motion sensor, a controller, a first transmission module, and a remote controller body. The motion sensor, the first transmission module, and the controller are all disposed on the remote controller body, and the motion sensor and the first transmission module are electrically connected to the controller. The motion sensor acquires initial state information of a current position of the remote controller body and movement information about movement of the remote controller body, and transmit the same to the controller. The controller is configured to receive, according to the initial state information and the movement information, a flight instruction, and send the flight instruction via the first transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: POWERVISION ROBOT INC.
    Inventors: Weifeng Zheng, Baoyi Zhang, Yanqing Yang, Lingjun Meng
  • Patent number: 11325705
    Abstract: Aspects of the current subject matter relate to enhanced operation services provided by an unmanned vehicle with cloud-based connectivity for real-time exchange of data and command/control operations. Data collected during a mission for an operation service, such as a particular inspection activity, is transmitted in real-time to a server for analysis to provide real-time or near real-time feedback in the form of command and/or control signals to the unmanned vehicle to improve the operation service while it is being carried out. The collected data is also used for simulations and to create historical content for future operation services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Unmanned Laboratory
    Inventor: Giovani D. Diniz
  • Patent number: 11320837
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the disclosed subject matter involves communication and negotiation between an autonomous entity or vehicle with a network of communication resources within a smart premises. The communication resources may include entry, landing or navigation beacons and a building infrastructure service. Negotiation for guidance, entry and other authorized tasks or services may be performed in a distributed fashion while en route or in proximity to a communication resource, rather than scheduled by a centralized server. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Vadim Sukhomlinov, Kshitij Arun Doshi, Katalin K. Bartfai-Walcott
  • Patent number: 11320980
    Abstract: A system for flight and task management timeline display is disclosed. In embodiments, the timeline display is positioned on an edge of a primary flight display (PFD) or other avionics display, divided lengthwise into time (e.g., absolute time) and space (e.g., relative time and distance) scales. The timeline display expands situational awareness into the temporal dimension by positioning waypoints in the flight path based on the relative time to passage or flyover. The time scale corresponds to an adjustable time range and automatically scrolls lengthwise according to the current time, but can be manually zoomed or scrolled in past and future directions as well. Based on updates from the flight management system (FMS), the space scale displays relative time-distanced events, notifications for reminders and tasks, and waypoints positioned according to the likely times they will be encountered (or, in the case of reminders and tasks, must be fulfilled).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Barber, Bryan C. Schultz, Anthony Deniau, Philippe Salmon, Fabrice Guillermin, Laetitia Bornes, Alexandre Lemort
  • Patent number: 11323687
    Abstract: Structured light approaches utilize a laser to project features, which are then captured with a camera. By knowing the disparity between the laser emitter and the camera, the system can triangulate to find the range. Four, 185 degree field-of-view cameras provide overlapping views over nearly the whole unit sphere. The cameras are separated from each other to provide parallax. A near-infrared laser projection unit sends light out into the environment, which is reflected and viewed by the cameras. The laser projection system will create vertical lines, while the cameras will be displaced from each other horizontally. This relative shift of the lines, as viewed by different cameras, enables the lines to be triangulated in 3D space. At each point in time, a vertical stripe of the world will be triangulated. Over time, the laser line will be rotated over all yaw angles to provide full a 360 degree range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Robotic Research OpCo, LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Daniel Lacaze, Karl Nicholas Murphy, Raymond Paul Wilhelm, III
  • Patent number: 11320268
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a construction method of a joint flight path to a mobile point including the step of acquiring a first state vector defining the position of the aircraft at the moment t0, acquiring a second state vector defining the position of the mobile point at each moment t after the moment t0. The method further includes determining, for each position of the mobile point, an elementary join flight path of this position of the mobile point from the position of the aircraft defined by the first state vector at the moment t0 with a capture time Tt corresponding to the time of flight of the aircraft on this flight path. The method also includes determining the flight path such that its capture time Tt is substantially equal to the time elapsed between the moment t associated with this trajectory and the moment t0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Grégoire Jacotot, Solal Guirand, Dominique Blanc
  • Patent number: 11308812
    Abstract: A system includes a flight plan database and a flight plan engine. The flight plan database is configured to store a local flight plan. The local flight plan includes one or more flight actions associated with a plan event condition including at least one of a time, a waypoint, or a position. The flight plan engine is configured to, while a platform is in an operational state, compare the plan event condition of at least one flight action to a current event condition to determine an action state of the at least one flight action, generate a group flight plan including the at least one action based on the action state, and transmit the group flight plan to one or more remote platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason L. Langer, Mark A. Jannusch
  • Patent number: 11307571
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle includes, with aid of one or more processors, individually or collectively, receiving a parameter regarding operation of the vehicle, processing the parameter regarding the operation of the vehicle, and varying a restriction affecting operation of the vehicle based on the processing of the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhenzhou Lai, Chang Geng, Xi Chen, Bogao Xu, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 11307574
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes one or more sources of propulsion coupled to provide propulsion to the UAV, and a power source coupled to power the one or more sources of propulsion. A communication system is coupled to communicate with an external device, and a controller is coupled to the communication system, the power source, and the one or more sources of propulsion. The controller includes logic that when executed by the controller causes the UAV to perform operations, including: measuring a status of the UAV; sending the status of the UAV to the external device; receiving movement instructions from the external device; and engaging the one or more sources of propulsion to move the UAV from a first location to a second location within a storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: WING Aviation LLC
    Inventors: James Schmalzried, André Prager
  • Patent number: 11308704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal and a control method therefor, the mobile terminal comprising: at least one camera; a display unit placed toward the eyes of a user searing the mobile terminal and for displaying an image, the image comprising one of a VR (virtual reality) image and a 3D image; and a control unit for performing an action related to the image according to a gesture input sensed by the camera, wherein, when a first gesture input proceeding along a first plane opposite to the image is sensed or a second gesture input proceeding along a second plane orthogonal to the first plane is sensed by the camera, the control unit performs an action corresponding to the sensed first or second gesture input, thereby providing the user with an effect of providing more various VR related functions through the first gesture input made on a first plane space opposite to the image visible to the eyes of the user and the second gesture input made on a second plane space orthogonal to the first pla
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunjeong Ryu, Youngjun Kim, Wonjoo Park
  • Patent number: 11301107
    Abstract: A method and an electronic apparatus for displaying various types of information on a clock graphical user interface (GUI) are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a transceiver configured to obtain time information related to an operation of an external device, at least one processor configured to generate a clock GUI displaying the time information, and a display displaying the clock GUI. The clock GUI includes an indication area and an indication object moving on the indication area. The indication object rotates with respect to a center point included in the indication area, and indicates the time information by indicating an area from among partial areas included in the indication area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyo-young Cho
  • Patent number: 11300056
    Abstract: A method of starting a turbine engine utilizing multiple components. The turbine engine may comprise a gearbox coupled to a spool of the turbine engine via an output shaft. A first starter may be coupled to the gearbox via an input shaft. A first accessory may be coupled to the gearbox via another input shaft. The rotation of the output shaft of the gearbox may be coupled to the rotation of the spool. The rotation of each of the first starter and first accessory may be coupled to the rotation of the respective input shaft of the gearbox. The method may comprise applying a first application of power to one of the first starter and the first accessory and applying a second application of power to the other of the first accessory and the first starter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Kempers, Jeremy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11300661
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate landing on emergency or unprepared landing strip in low visibility condition are provided. In one embodiment, a system 100 utilizes a processor 106 that executes computer implemented components stored in a memory 104. A selection component 108 selects candidate spaces from a navigation database or machine vision data for landing an aircraft. A guidance component 110 guides landing the aircraft on a landing strip from among the candidate spaces in low visibility condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Edward Parker, Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11295458
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking objects in a physical environment using visual sensors onboard an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In certain embodiments, images of the physical environment captured by the onboard visual sensors are processed to extract semantic information about detected objects. Processing of the captured images may involve applying machine learning techniques such as a deep convolutional neural network to extract semantic cues regarding objects detected in the images. The object tracking can be utilized, for example, to facilitate autonomous navigation by the UAV or to generate and display augmentative information regarding tracked objects to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Saumitro Dasgupta, Hayk Martirosyan, Hema Koppula, Alex Kendall, Austin Stone, Matthew Donahoe, Abraham Galton Bachrach, Adam Parker Bry
  • Patent number: 11294379
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and a method for controlling a robot. The system may include a processor that performs the operations including receiving information, building a map, planning a route and generating control parameters; a movement module that executes control parameters to move around and hold sensors for sensing information; and a gimbal for holding sensors to sense information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SICHUAN GOLDEN RIDGE INTELLIGENCE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weirong Liu, Yin Jiao, Jiaxin Li
  • Patent number: 11292606
    Abstract: A system for an airborne platform includes a sensing device, an automatic throttling system, and a processing circuit. The sensing device is configured to measure a current airspeed of an aircraft. The processing circuit is configured to receive a control input comprising a current airspeed value, an airspeed reference value, a maximum adder threshold, and a minimum adder threshold. The processing circuit is further configured to calculate an airspeed error value based on the control input. The processing circuit is further configured to determine a programmed error value based on the calculated airspeed error value. The processing circuit is further configured to calculate an adder value by applying an integration function to the determined programmed error value and to determine a dynamic airspeed reference value based on the calculated adder value. The processing circuit is further configured to transmit the dynamic airspeed reference value to the automatic throttling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Perich, Samuel E. Ferdon, Cornelis Van Der Linden, Thomas M. Scanlon
  • Patent number: 11288973
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides various technical solutions to technical problems facing UAV detection, threat assessment, and mitigation purposes. UAV detection may be accomplished using a variety of UAV sensors and systems, which may be used in an Unmanned Aerial System Mitigation and Detection system to generate a UAV Automated Threat Assessment and a UAV mitigation solution. The UAV Automated Threat Assessment may be generated by combining input from various sensors and systems. For example, the UAV Automated Threat Assessment may selectively combine data received from geographically arranged sensors, assemble the input from those sensors using a user-adjustable artificial neural network (ANN), determine whether a potential intruding UAV is not a threat, is transiting, is loitering, or is attacking, and generates a mitigation solution output to an operator that includes an automated mitigation notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: University of North Dakota
    Inventor: Joseph James Vacek
  • Patent number: 11288052
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for providing software to aircraft using a distributed ledger are disclosed. A software delivery system includes aircraft having an engine control system configured to verify and install software utilized by components of the aircraft, an electronic distribution system coupled to the aircraft, an edge manager coupled to the electronic distribution system, and computing devices acting as nodes in a distributed ledger base maintaining a distributed ledger. The electronic distribution system verifies a request for software, requests software, and initiates an installation protocol with the engine control system. The edge manager maintains software. The distributed ledger base is coupled to the aircraft, the electronic distribution system, and the edge manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Gilton
  • Patent number: 11281217
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to predict a user arrival time based on data of a user and a user origin location, deactivate a propulsion of the vehicle upon arriving at the user origin location, and deactivate one or more additional vehicle components based on the user arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Daniel A. Makled, Michael Mcquillen, Ashwin Arunmozhi, Michael Adel Awad Alla, Ray Siciak, Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 11279500
    Abstract: A device intended to be installed in an aircraft, the device being adapted for functioning in a first so-called “on the ground” operating mode or a second so-called “in flight” operating mode, the device includes a radio module compliant with a low power wide area network standard adapted for sending messages comprising data issuing from a sensor and supplied by an energy storage element, the device being adapted for: (1) in the first operating mode: before the sending of each message, charging the energy storage element with a predefined energy, and (2) in the second operating mode: for each message to be sent, choosing a transmission power, determining, according to this transmission power, an energy necessary for the sending of the message by the radio module, and before the sending of the message, charging the energy storage element with the necessary energy determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventors: Nicolas Fanton, Louis-Théophile Thirion, Rémy Hoff, Emmanuel Couturier
  • Patent number: 11281237
    Abstract: A system for distributed control of an aircraft. The system includes a plurality of flight components, an aircraft control located within the aircraft, and an aircraft component attached to a flight component of the plurality of flight components. The aircraft component is configured to receive, from a command sensor attached to the aircraft control, an aircraft command, obtain, from an attitude sensor, an aircraft orientation, and command the flight component to produce a response command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Giroux, Timothy Gerard Richter, Nicholas Moy
  • Patent number: 11279349
    Abstract: According to various aspects, a safety module is described including: one or more processors configured to receive road information representing a geometry of one or more roads in a Cartesian coordinate system, determine a lane coordinate system based on the received road information, the lane coordinate system including a plurality of lane segments arranged along a longitudinal direction and along a lateral direction of the lane coordinate system, wherein a length information and a width information are assigned to each of the lane segments, and determine a potential collision event based on the lane coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernd Gassmann, Cornelius Buerkle, Fabian Oboril
  • Patent number: 11279480
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to identify a wireless network problem and initiate performance of one or more operations or actions that address the wireless network problem, the drone comprising a processor and a storage device, the storage device storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising receiving, by the drone, an instruction to analyze a wireless network of a property, responsive to the instruction to analyze the wireless network, traveling, by the drone, to one or more zones of the property, determining, by the drone and based on an analysis of one or more characteristics of the wireless network, that a wireless network problem exists, and based on the determination that the wireless network problem exists, performing, by the drone, one or more operations directed to addressing the wireless network problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Babak Rezvani
  • Patent number: 11273912
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mounted on a law enforcement vehicle for the purposes of interfacing with occupants of a stopped vehicle after being pulled over for a traffic violation or routine stop. The drone is equipped with a navigation system, obstacle-avoidance sensors, a telepresence system (a camera, microphone, speaker and screen), and a robotic arm with a secure box and a device for estimating blood alcohol content. Once a suspect vehicle has been pulled over by a law enforcement officer, without leaving the safety of a law enforcement vehicle, the officer deploys the drone to perform a visual check of the interior of the suspect vehicle for dangerous items, ascertain if an occupant's face triggers any flags on a central database, administer a sobriety test, collect the necessary documents and deliver a citation to the driver via the secure box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Venkata Rama Subba Rao Chundi
  • Patent number: 11275391
    Abstract: Methods for performing repair operations using one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). First, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a camera is flown to a position in a vicinity of an area of interest on a surface of a structure. Image data representing one or more images of the structure in the area is acquired using the camera. Second, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a non-destructive examination (NDE) sensor unit is flown until the NDE sensor unit is within measurement range of the structure in the area of interest. Then NDE sensor data representing structural characteristics of the structure in the area of interest is acquired. Third, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a repair tool is moved to a location that places the repair tool in contact with the surface in the area of interest. Then the structure in the area is repaired using the repair tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 11267558
    Abstract: A braking system architecture for aircraft, the architecture comprising: a brake including friction members and electromechanical actuators for exerting a braking torque on the wheel; a computer situated in the fuselage of the aircraft and arranged to produce first control signals; and a junction box situated on the undercarriage, the junction box being connected to the computer and to the electromechanical actuators, the junction box being configured to receive the first control signals and to use the first control signals to produce second control signals for application to the electromechanical actuators in order to control the electromechanical actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Brian Goyez, Dominique Onfroy, Olivier Frey
  • Patent number: 11267559
    Abstract: A braking system architecture for aircraft, the architecture comprising: a brake including friction members and electromechanical actuators for exerting a braking torque on the wheel; a computer situated in the fuselage of the aircraft and arranged to produce first control signals; and a junction box situated on the undercarriage, the junction box being connected to the computer and to the electromechanical actuators, the junction box being configured to receive the first control signals and to use the first control signals to produce second control signals for application to the electromechanical actuators in order to control the electromechanical actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Brian Goyez, Dominique Onfroy, Olivier Frey
  • Patent number: 11268827
    Abstract: An interactive speed profile bar that enables crew awareness of the overall planned flight trajectory speed profile. The speed profile bar will have a graphical depiction (e.g., virtual buttons having alphanumeric symbology) of some or all of the speed segments of the speed profile. Each graphical element (e.g., virtual button) includes symbology identifying the applicable speed mode and corresponding target speed change. Each speed segment will start at the inflection point where the speed change will occur in the flight plan, and will continue until the next trajectory speed change. The speed profile bar will be interactive, allowing the flight crew to select the speed segment to change, in response to which selection the system displays graphical user interface elements showing a menu of the available speed segment options. Each individual speed segment is represented by an individual virtual button that can be selected by touching the screen or other input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann, Alireza Majd, Robert J. Myers, Brian D. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 11267557
    Abstract: A braking system architecture for aircraft, the architecture comprising: a brake including friction members and electromechanical actuators for exerting a braking torque on the wheel; a computer situated in the fuselage of the aircraft and arranged to produce first control signals; and a junction box situated on the undercarriage, the junction box being connected to the computer and to the electromechanical actuators, the junction box being configured to receive the first control signals and to use the first control signals to produce second control signals for application to the electromechanical actuators in order to control the electromechanical actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Brian Goyez, Dominique Onfroy, Olivier Frey
  • Patent number: 11263909
    Abstract: Air traffic control systems and methods include communicating with passenger drones via one or more cell towers associated with the one or more wireless networks, wherein the passenger drones each include hardware and antennas adapted to communicate to the one or more cell towers, and wherein each passenger drone has a unique identifier in the air traffic control system; obtaining data associated with flight of each of the passenger drones based on the communicating; and managing the flight of each of the passenger drones based on the obtained data and performance of one or more functions associated with air traffic control, wherein each passenger drone is configured to constrain flight based on a determined route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Metal Raptor, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 11257384
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, a computer system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium is disclosed for following air traffic control (ATC) flight trajectory profile instructions in the form of datalink commands to a flight management system (FMS) of a unmanned aircraft (UA) or a manned aircraft for ATC approved flight through controlled airspace along a mission of a vehicle of the UA or the manned aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Paul A. Van Tulder
  • Patent number: 11254445
    Abstract: An integrated monitoring system and method are provided with the capability for monitoring ground surface movements of electric taxi drive system-driven aircraft, ground vehicles and personnel, and objects within airport ramp areas. Monitoring units may include a scanning LiDAR device with and without cameras or other sensing devices to transmit meshed real time encrypted data from multiple locations to an artificial intelligence-based processing system that generates a visual display of the monitored area for communication to aircraft cockpits and locations responsible for controlling ramp operations. Monitoring units may be mounted in single or multiple exterior locations on aircraft and/or in locations on ground vehicles and equipment, ground personnel, and the airside portion of an airport terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Isaiah W. Cox, Jan Vana
  • Patent number: 11258863
    Abstract: An onboard system establishes a first-EFB connection between a first electronic flight bag (EFB) and an aircraft interface device (AID), and establishes a first-EFB session between the first EFB and a flight management computer (FMC) based on a session identifier for the first EFB. The first-EFB connection is associated with a first-EFB connection identifier for the first EFB, and the first-EFB session is established over the first-EFB connection in accordance with the first-EFB connection identifier. The onboard system establishes a second-EFB connection between a second EFB and the AID, and establishes a second-EFB session between the second EFB and the FMC based on a session identifier for the second EFB. The second-EFB connection is associated with a second-EFB connection identifier for the second EFB, and the second-EFB session is established over the second-EFB connection in accordance with the second-EFB connection identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Joachim K. Hochwarth, Daniel Devette, Victor Mario Leal Herrera, MacKenzie Cumings
  • Patent number: 11247768
    Abstract: A flight control system for an aircraft comprises a set of actuators for controlling the aircraft and a set of flight control computers only made up of a set of duplex type main computers and of at least one backup computer. All the main computers are configured to implement auto-pilot laws for the aircraft. The set of main computers comprises two computers from a first hardware type, configured to control actuators of the set of actuators as per a first tolerance level and two computers from a second hardware type, different from the first hardware type, configured to control actuators of the set of actuators as per a second tolerance level, less stringent than the first tolerance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Marc Fervel