Movable Launcher Patents (Class 89/1.815)
  • Patent number: 10443976
    Abstract: A carriage for use in a rocket launch system for cooperating with an electromotive cableway traction drives conveyed beneath a two axis pivot anchored to the earth, elevated into a co-axial transfer tube leading to three primary tether cables whose weight is offset by balloons. The carriage has traction drives which grip cables from which they derive power and rotate to drive the carriage from the low altitude to the high altitude. The traction drives rotate in the opposite direction as the carriage descends the cable following the launch of a rocket under gravitational force. The kinetic energy of the traction drive is converted to electrical energy which is fed back to the cables during descent of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Howard M. Chin, Kimberly A. Carraha
  • Patent number: 9944410
    Abstract: The invention is a system and method of air launching a powered launch vehicle into space or high altitude. More specifically, the invention is a tow aircraft which tows an unpowered glider, with the powered launch vehicle attached thereto, to launch altitude. The powered launch vehicle is released from the unpowered glider and powered on for launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Gerald D Budd
  • Patent number: 9739567
    Abstract: A rocket launch system includes a tubular rocket launcher carriage with electromotive cableway traction drives conveyed beneath a two axis pivot anchored to the earth, elevated into a co-axial transfer tube leading to three primary tether cables whose weight is offset by balloons. The carriage is conveyed to a docking station supported into the stratosphere by a pair of secondary cables suspended under an attachment frame for tensioning balloons. The carriage is engaged by a carriage end gripper guided by two sets of secondary cables and two sets of tertiary cables and lifted by a lower hoist guided by the secondary cables to a lift ring assembly. This lower hoist is supported by an upper hoist suspended from the tensioning balloons attachment frame. The carriage, which engages a lift ring guided by two secondary cables, is elevated further, rotated in azimuth and elevation, and rocket ejection occurs from a launch tube during freefall of the carriage, with engine ignition occurring at a safe distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Howard M. Chin, Kimberly A. Carraha
  • Patent number: 9235991
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first schedule for a first vehicle to travel in a transportation network. The first schedule includes a first arrival time of the first vehicle at a scheduled location. The method also includes receiving a first trip plan for the first vehicle from an energy management system. The first trip plan is based on the first schedule and designates at least one of tractive efforts or braking efforts to be provided by the first vehicle to reduce at least one of an amount of energy consumed by the first vehicle or an amount of emissions generated by the first vehicle when the first vehicle travels through the transportation network to the scheduled location. The method further includes determining whether to modify the first schedule to avoid interfering with movement of one or more other vehicles by examining the trip plan for the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Joseph Forrest Noffsinger, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Mason Samuels, Paul Houpt, Joel Kickbusch, Mahir Telatar, David Eldredge, Mitchell Scott Wills, Ramu Chandra
  • Publication number: 20150075357
    Abstract: A missile container sealing assembly includes an end cap capable of sealing an end of a container for a missile, and one or more linkage assemblies for controllably opening the end cap. The end cap has a frame portion that defines an opening for a missile and is mountable to the end of the missile container, and a door portion that includes one or more doors that close and seal the opening in the frame portion. Each linkage assembly is associated with a respective one of the one or more doors, for opening the doors relative to the frame portion. Moreover, each linkage assembly includes a link that transmits a force ahead of the leading end of the missile to open the doors and permit the missile's egress through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: John F. Bugge, Dylan Foster Bixby
  • Patent number: 8893605
    Abstract: Attachable/detachable segmented ordnance dispenser systems and methods are presented. A control module targets, fuses, and releases ordnance, and at least one ordnance dispenser segment comprises a rack mount ordnance assembly and a segment enclosure. The rack mount ordnance assembly mounts and releases ordnance under control of the control module, and the segment enclosure comprises a segment door that opens under control of the control module. An aerodynamic shell aerodynamically enhances and protects the ordnance dispenser segment and the control module, and can be coupled to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Clayton Hester, Jr., Deon Austin Harkey, William J. Gray, III, Lea Cozort
  • Publication number: 20140224104
    Abstract: A missile container has a container housing, one or a plurality of canisters stored therein for supporting a missile, and a movement mechanism for moving the canister from a storage position into an operating position. The missile container is efficiently transferred from a storage state into a combat state, in which the canister is in a combat-ready position for firing the missile, by providing a movement mechanism with a kinematic linkage for pivoting the canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: DIEHL BGT DEFENCE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: HAGEN KEMPAS
  • Patent number: 8800418
    Abstract: The present invention relates to launching system, more particularly relates to mobile launching system for missiles. The mobile missile launch system comprising a vehicle (14) having a chassis structure adapted to carry the launch system; a mounting frame (16) comprising predetermined truss framework mounted onto the chassis structure; plurality of sliding mechanisms mounted at rear end of the mounting frame (16); plurality of canisters (43) mounted onto said beam (22) and plurality of missiles (11) ensconced within the canisters (43); plurality of containers (42) enclosing said canisters (43) and are connected to the saddles (32, 34) for linear movement; plurality of resting units (27) abutting to rear end of the canisters (43) and are adapted to move linearly to transfer reaction forces from said missiles (11) to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Director General, Defence Research & Development Organisation
    Inventors: Siddalingappa Guruprasad, Shreedhar Aravind Katti, Alasani Prasad Goud, Vikas Narayan Waghmare, Sanjay Kumar, Atul Gupta, Ravindra Sudhakar Khire, Tushar Kant Santosh, Bimal Gautam, Paras Ram
  • Publication number: 20140174283
    Abstract: A missile container has a container housing, a container roof, at least one canister for holding a missile which, in a storage position, is disposed on the container housing, and a movement mechanism for moving the canister from the storage position into an operating position. The elements arranged in the interior of the container housing are protected against external weather influences. In the operating position, the canister is held at least partially outside the container housing by the movement mechanism and the container roof is closed and shields a container interior against the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: DIEHL BGT DEFENCE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: HAGEN KEMPAS
  • Patent number: 8754853
    Abstract: An ergonomic control instrument for an operator's hand is provided to be disposable on a platform and communicate with a processor. The instrument includes a base for mounting to the platform, a pistol-grip handle disposed on the base to tilt from perpendicular to the platform, a head unit disposed on the handle, a deck within the head unit connecting to the handle, and a plurality of input devices disposed on at least one of the head unit and the handle, each device of the plurality for receiving a command from the operator's hand. Also, an ergonomic control station for an operator is provided, with the station including a platform in front of the operator, a first hand-held instrument mountable to the platform, a second hand-held instrument mountable to the platform, and a processor having a plurality of connections to the first and second pluralities of input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Justin R. Helton
  • Patent number: 8505430
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch tube that comprises a tethered sabot configured to engage a UAV within a launcher volume defined by an inner wall, the tethered sabot dimensioned to provide a pressure seal at the inner wall and tethered to the inner wall, and wherein the tethered sabot is hollow having an open end oriented toward a high pressure volume and a tether attached within a hollow of the sabot and attached to the inner wall retaining the high pressure volume or attach to the inner base wall. A system comprising a communication node and a launcher comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a pre-launch state configured to receive and respond to command inputs from the communication node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Aerovironment, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Thomas Miralles, Guan H. Su, Oleksandr Andryukov, John McNeil
  • Patent number: 8468924
    Abstract: A system and method for launching non-vertical launch munitions with a non-vertical launch trajectory from a launcher that is operationally coupled to a vertical launching system (VLS). The inventors of the present invention recognized that munitions that are unsuitable for vertical launches were unavailable for use with vertical launching systems, thus foreclosing important defense, attack, and cost-savings opportunities for VLS-equipped platforms. A VLS could be substantially more versatile if it accommodated munitions such as torpedoes, counter-measures, direct-fire munitions, point-and-shoot munitions, and a variety of other missiles and equipment. The launcher according to the present invention is also stowable in an upward orientation within a cell of the host vertical launching system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Skurdal, John Snediker, William Kalms
  • Patent number: 8393258
    Abstract: A retractable turret rotatable on a platform, including an active system orientable in vertically extendable elevation, and in azimuth, a protective cowling for the active system and for closing a caisson, wherein the turret includes, for vertically extendable deployment and rotation of the active system, first and second arms forming a deformable quadrilateral on either side of the active system, a first manual means for controlling deployment of the active system by activating the first arm, and a second manual means for controlling the orientation in vertically extended elevation and in horizontal azimuth of the active system by moving the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventors: Jean-François Cazalieres, Jérôme Guillard, Laurent Reynard
  • Patent number: 8266999
    Abstract: A mobile terrestrial vertical missile launch system is provided for relocatable ballistic missile deployment. The system is connectable to a transport truck and includes a trailer, a pivotable canister, a plurality of stabilizing legs, and an equipment module. The trailer has a hitch for connecting to the truck, a base for supporting wheels for road travel, and a flatbed platform having a transverse hinge. The canister contains launcher for at least one missile and is configurable by rotation at the hinge for disposal in either a longitudinal position for stowage or an erected position for deployment. The stabilizing legs are disposed along a periphery of the trailer. The legs can be disposed in one of an elevated position for stowage and a retarded position for ground engagement. The equipment container supplies electrical power, environmental conditioning, tracking, communication and control for the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Carl L. Sisemore, Myron Lyn Thomas, II
  • Patent number: 8256339
    Abstract: A missile is guided and/or supported within a canister by a collapsible support structure. In one embodiment the collapsible support structure is part of a railcar running on a rail within the canister. Each railcar includes a missile-engaging guidance and/or support structure, a rail engaging element, and a hinged pantograph-like collapsible support extending between the missile-engaging structure and the rail engaging element. A hinge of the pantograph is locked in a storage state and during part of motion during the missile launch. The hinge is unlocked, and travel of the rail engaging element is stopped. The missile-engaging support structure momentarily continues its motion, and the pantograph collapses. Capture elements engage parts of the railcar or the canister during collapse to prevent rebound of the missile-engaging support structure toward the missile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hamalian, Alexander Cosmas
  • Publication number: 20120036987
    Abstract: The present invention relates to launching system, more particularly relates to mobile launching system for missiles. The mobile missile launch system comprising a vehicle (14) having a chassis structure adapted to carry the launch system; a mounting frame (16) comprising predetermined truss framework mounted onto the chassis structure; plurality of sliding mechanisms mounted at rear end of the mounting frame (16); plurality of canisters (43) mounted onto said beam (22) and plurality of missiles (11) ensconced within the canisters (43); plurality of containers (42) enclosing said canisters (43) and are connected to the saddles (32, 34) for linear movement; plurality of resting units (27) abutting to rear end of the canisters (43) and are adapted to move linearly to transfer reaction forces from said missiles (11) to ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Director General, Deffence Research & Development Organisation
    Inventors: Siddalingappa Guruprasad, Shreedhar Aravind Katti, Alasani Prasad Goud, Vikas Narayan Waghmare, Sanjay Kumar, Atul Gupta, Ravindra Sudhakar Khire, Tushar Kant Santosh, Bimal Gautam, Paras Ram
  • Publication number: 20110259182
    Abstract: A rotating launcher system includes a plurality of rocket or missile housing tubes arranged in a circular pattern within a carousel, a set of frames, a cylindrical protective skin, an aerodynamically optimized nose cone with a bore, and an optional door covering the bore, enabling rockets or missiles to exit the launcher. The rotating launcher system may also include an aerodynamically optimized tail cone with a bore, and an optional door covering the bore, enabling exhaust from the rockets or missiles to exit the launcher. The rotating launcher system also includes an integral controller for an indexing motor, and an indexing motor enabling the bores of the nose and tail cones to align with different rockets or missiles in the carousel by either rotating the nose and tail cones, or by rotating the carousel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: AMERICAN DYNAMICS FLIGHT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne R. Morse, Paul Vasilescu
  • Patent number: 8020482
    Abstract: An air-based vertical launch system is described by means of which ballistic missile defense can be achieved effectively from a large aircraft. A method for ensuring safe missile egress is proposed. A method for ensuring that the missile strikes the ballistic missile payload section is also proposed. Together, the air basing method employing vertical (or near-vertical) launch and semi-active laser guidance yield an affordable and operationally effective missile defense against both tactical and long-range ballistic missiles. The affordability of missile defense is enhanced by the ability of an aircraft equipped with a vertical launcher to simultaneously carry out several defensive and offensive missions and to provide other capabilities such as satellite launch at other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. McCants, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7910867
    Abstract: A scalable and distributable software architecture for use in conjunction with various different weapons control system and launch systems is disclosed. The architecture discards the proprietary and non-open protocols and services that characterize in favor of open source adaptive and middleware components. In the illustrative embodiment of the invention, the inventive architecture is implemented as a Launch Control Module that separates different layers of responsibility within a launch controller (e.g., LCU) and exposes its variation points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph W. Edwards, George H. Goetz, Jennifer L. Houston-Manchester, Christine A. Ballard, Benjamin D. Skurdal
  • Patent number: 7900547
    Abstract: A launch device may be prepared for launch. The launch device may be assembled in a horizontal position on a mobile device. A lifting device attached to the mobile device may be coupled to the launch device. The launch device may be moved to a launch site using the mobile device. The launch device may be moved to a vertical position at the launch site using the lifting device. The launch device may be launched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Atmur, Ron A. Kubinski, Thorin Arthur Rogers
  • Patent number: 7891281
    Abstract: In a ground launcher, two or more housing-transportation-launch assemblies for respective missiles are placed one on top of the other and connected releasably and interchangeably to each other; each housing-transportation-launch assembly has a respective outer casing, which in turn has longitudinal end walls breakable from inside the casing, and a deflecting body for deflecting the exhaust gas of the engine of the missile; a guide and protection assembly being interposed between the casing and the missile to guide the missile in the set launch direction, and to protect the missile against shock or vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: MBDA Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Bruno Baldi, Roberto De Girolamo, Teodoro Andrea Dragani, Sandro Mazzuca, Gian Fabrizio Venarucci
  • Patent number: 7854189
    Abstract: The invention is related to a modular missile launching assembly, more particularly, a compact modular missile launching assembly that is easily attachable to smaller sized watercrafts, allowing for quick installation. The missile launching assembly is encased in a substantially rectangular container with a launching lid to which one or more missiles are attached. A hydraulic lifting device within the substantially rectangular container is used to lift the launching lid from a closed or stowage position to an open or operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: David L. Fox
  • Patent number: 7849778
    Abstract: An air-based vertical launch system is described by means of which ballistic missile defense can be achieved effectively from a large aircraft. A method for ensuring safe missile egress is proposed. A method for ensuring that the missile strikes the ballistic missile payload section is also proposed. Together, the air basing method employing vertical (or near-vertical) launch and semi-active laser guidance yield an affordable and operationally effective missile defense against both tactical and long-range ballistic missiles. The affordability of missile defense is enhanced by the ability of an aircraft equipped with a vertical launcher to simultaneously carry out several defensive and offensive missions and to provide other capabilities such as satellite launch at other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. McCants, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100282150
    Abstract: The foldable ramp is intended to store, carry and launch relatively large size tube-launched missiles typically on board of relatively small sized naval surface ships. Accordingly, the foldable ramp comprises a frame suitable for carrying one or more canisters for launching rockets or missiles and support elements, which are pivotably attached to the frame and which are adapted to pivotably connect to the launching platform so as to allow rotary movement of the frame with respect to the launching platform. A lifting device lifts the front end of the frame whereby the rear end of the canisters displace a horizontal distance towards the rear of the ramp as said lifting device lifts the frame. Adverse effects of the aft flame of the launched rocket or missile is securely displaced to the outside of the vehicle while foldability of the ramp enables to prevent or reduce radar and eye visibility of the launcher, particularly when mounted on a naval surface ship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Ekber I.N. Onuk
  • Publication number: 20100236391
    Abstract: In a ground launcher, two or more housing-transportation-launch assemblies for respective missiles are placed one on top of the other and connected releasably and interchangeably to each other; each housing-transportation-launch assembly has a respective outer casing, which in turn has longitudinal end walls breakable from inside the casing, and a deflecting body for deflecting the exhaust gas of the engine of the missile; a guide and protection assembly being interposed between the casing and the missile to guide the missile in the set launch direction, and to protect the missile against shock or vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Bruno Baldi, Roberto De Girolamo, Teodoro Andrea Dragani, Sandro Mazzuca, Gian Fabrizio Venarucci
  • Patent number: 7798066
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a firing apparatus that provides an arcuate visual effect. The firing apparatus includes a motor, an enclosure housing the motor and an arm connected to a shaft of the motor for moving a pyrotechnic device such as a gerb. Another aspect of the invention provides a pyrotechnic system that includes a firing apparatus including a reciprocal motor, a firing arm having a first end connected to a shaft of the reciprocal motor and a second end adapted to emit an arcuate pyrotechnic effect, a control unit in communication with the firing apparatus for controlling operation of the reciprocal motor and an ignition unit in communication with the firing apparatus for initiating the pyrotechnic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Strictly FX
    Inventors: Reid Nofsinger, Mark J. Grega
  • Patent number: 7707922
    Abstract: A mobile projectile launcher is disclosed having a tiltable launching platform for supporting a plurality of canisters in each of which projectiles to be launched are stored and fired, a support plate pivotally connected to a horizontal cargo bed, and at least one linear actuator by which the support plate is swingable from a closed position substantially perpendicular to the cargo bed to an open position substantially parallel to the cargo bed. The support plate is made of a material that is resistant to the projectile plume following launching and is sufficiently sturdy to support a technician during the loading of projectiles when set in an open position, yet is adapted to protect and hide the loaded canisters when set in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Rafael-Armament Development Authority Ltd.
    Inventor: Ehud Dekel
  • Publication number: 20100095831
    Abstract: A mobile projectile launcher is disclosed having a tiltable launching platform for supporting a plurality of canisters in each of which projectiles to be launched are stored and fired, a support plate pivotally connected to a horizontal cargo bed, and at least one linear actuator by which the support plate is swingable from a closed position substantially perpendicular to the cargo bed to an open position substantially parallel to the cargo bed. The support plate is made of a material that is resistant to the projectile plume following launching and is sufficiently sturdy to support a technician during the loading of projectiles when set in an open position, yet is adapted to protect and hide the loaded canisters when set in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Ehud Dekel
  • Publication number: 20090308237
    Abstract: A launch device may be prepared for launch. The launch device may be assembled in a horizontal position on a mobile device. A lifting device attached to the mobile device may be coupled to the launch device. The launch device may be moved to a launch site using the mobile device. The launch device may be moved to a vertical position at the launch site using the lifting device. The launch device may be launched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: ROBERT J. ATMUR, RONALD A. KUBINSKI, THORIN ARTHUR ROGERS
  • Patent number: 7610841
    Abstract: A system and method for the conversion of fuel tanks, detachably mountable on the exterior of an aerial vehicle, into high volume, high capacity, diverse functionality and aerodynamically efficient airborne stores is disclosed. A conventional external fuel drop tank is modified such that the exterior shape of the tank is substantially retained while the interior of the tank is suitable restructured to allow for the introduction of diverse airborne stores, associated airborne store mounting means, control and monitoring means and support means therein, which replace the fuel store. The airborne store is suitably interfaced to the stores control and management system of the aerial vehicle. The airborne store is integrated into a new external stores configuration The enhanced airborne store will have aerodynamic characteristics substantially similar to the original external fuel tank while its payload capacity is substantially improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Nir Padan
  • Patent number: 7509910
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a firing apparatus that provides an arcuate visual effect. The firing apparatus includes a motor, an enclosure housing the motor and an arm connected to a shaft of the motor for moving a pyrotechnic device such as a gerb. Another aspect of the invention provides a pyrotechnic system that includes a firing apparatus including a reciprocal motor, a firing arm having a first end connected to a shaft of the reciprocal motor and a second end adapted to emit an arcuate pyrotechnic effect, a control unit in communication with the firing apparatus for controlling operation of the reciprocal motor and an ignition unit in communication with the firing apparatus for initiating the pyrotechnic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Strictly FX
    Inventors: Reid Nofsinger, Mark J. Grega
  • Patent number: 7484449
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a missile ejection system and a canister thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Government Agency for Defense Development
    Inventors: Woo-Jeon Shim, Il-Soo Kim, Seung-Jong Oh, Jae-Hoon Ha, Ji-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 7467761
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the flight path of an unguided projectile, which comprises the steps of: (a) Measuring the magnitude and direction of the jittering of a projectile launch tube, at an ejection time of a projectile from the launch tube; (b) Measuring a velocity deviation of the projectile from a nominal velocity; (c) Measuring an angular deviation of the sight of the launch tube, being equal to the angular deviation between a line coinciding with the direction of gravity and a line passing through the center of the launch tube and the center of the sight; (d) Determining a compensating impulse vector to be applied to the projectile during an initial flight path thereof based on the magnitude and direction of the jittering, velocity deviation and angular deviation; and (e) Applying the compensating impulse vector to the projectile by activating a flight correction unit, the thrust developed by the flight correction unit suitable for adjusting the flight path of the projectile by a magnitude and direction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Rafael-Armament Development Authority Ltd
    Inventors: Oded Yehezkeli, Irad Kunreich
  • Patent number: 7338010
    Abstract: An air-launched aircraft includes deployable wings, elevons, and vertical fins that deploy from a fuselage during flight. The aircraft may include a control system for operating the elevons, a communication system, and batteries for powering the systems. In addition, the aircraft may include a payload module that mates with an interface in the fuselage. The payload module may include any of a variety of payloads, including cameras, sensors, and/or radar emitters. The aircraft may be powered or unpowered, and may be very small, for example, less than on the order of 10 kg (22 pounds). The aircraft may be employed at a low cost for any of a wide variety of functions, such as surveillance, or as a decoy. The deployable surfaces of the aircraft may be configured to deploy in a pre-determined order, allowing the aircraft automatically to enter controlled flight after being launched in a tumbling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David A. Corder, Jeffrey H. Koessler, George R. Webb
  • Patent number: 7313995
    Abstract: A deck-mounted inclined munitions launcher is disclosed. In accordance with the illustrative embodiment, the launcher includes a platform, two pivotally-coupled munitions canisters, and a drive system. An exhaust end of each munitions canister is movably coupled to the platform while the launch end of each canister is not coupled to the platform. A drive system engages the exhaust end of each munitions canister. The canisters lay substantially flat, side-by-side, in a pre-launch position. To raise the munitions canisters to a launch position, the drive system pulls the exhaust end of each of the canisters toward one another. Since the canisters are pivotally coupled, the pull of the drive system on the exhaust end of the canisters causes the launch end of each canister to rise in a scissoring motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar K. Shah, Grant W. Corboy
  • Patent number: 7293492
    Abstract: In a multiple projectile launcher system, cartridges are securely held within a cassette that can be loaded into a locking and priming mechanism in a base of a multiple projectile launcher. Once the cassette is loaded into the locking and priming mechanism, the cartridges in the cassette may be primed by moving the locking and priming mechanism (which is holding the cassette) such that electric igniter contacts in the launcher base are in contact with electric igniters at the priming end of each cartridge. Once the cassette is locked (thereby priming the plural cartridges held in the cassette), the cartridges may be fired singly, severally, and/or all at the same time, using an electrically initiated fire control system. The multiple projectile launcher is particularly effective in crowd and/or riot control, where the payload of the cartridges comprise non-lethal and/or less-lethal munitions, such as tear gas grenades, sting-ball grenades, flash-bang rounds, bean bags, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Brunn
  • Patent number: 7185575
    Abstract: A system for remote tracking of a tactical missile assembly orientation during targeting and leading to launch from a platform, including a weapon station frame rotatably attached to the platform and a command launch unit attached to the weapon station frame. A launch tube assembly is pivotably attached thereon, including a launch tube in which a tactical missile is positioned prior to launch. The launch tube is replaceable with a like-configured launch tube and tactical missile. A launch tube position recognition unit is disposed proximal of the launch tube and adjacent of the weapon station frame. The position recognition unit includes a tracking and encoder device enclosed by a protective encoder member rotatably attachable between the launch tube and weapon station frame. The tracking and encoder device identifies launch tube positions and remotely relays position coordinates to the command launch unit during targeting of the missile leading to missile launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Ronald F. Collier, John T. Dillon
  • Publication number: 20070034073
    Abstract: A warhead includes a barrel operatively associated with the vehicle, the barrel being extendable from and retractable into the vehicle; a penetrator disposed in the barrel; and means for expelling the penetrator from the barrel. A vehicle includes a barrel extendable from and retractable into the vehicle; a penetrator disposed in the barrel; and means for expelling the penetrator from the barrel. A method includes transporting a warhead to a position proximate a target; angularly or translationally positioning a barrel of the warhead; and expelling at least one penetrator from the barrel toward the target. A vehicle includes an airfoil; a barrel operably associated with the airfoil; a penetrator disposed in the barrel; and means for expelling the penetrator from the barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventor: Johnny Banks
  • Publication number: 20070006722
    Abstract: A modular launch-cell system for a launch vehicle. The method includes a number of launch-cells, a base and an upper attachment arrangement. The launch-cells include a missile and are arranged in a structure which includes a number of layers, each of the layer includes two or more launch cells. The launch-cells are substantially directly reversibly mechanically connected to the base. One of the launch-cells includes a lower attachment arrangement configured for reversibly mechanically connecting one launch-cell to one or more of the base and another of the launch-cells disposed below the one launch-cell. The upper arrangement is designed for reversibly mechanically connecting one launch-cell to another of the launch-cells disposed above the one launch-cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventor: Ehud Dekel
  • Patent number: 7159501
    Abstract: An underwater missile launch system includes one or more missile loading modules for supporting a plurality of missiles in a stackable, in-line configuration within a pressure vessel. The missiles are arranged inside the modules, which may be stacked in groups inside a single pressure vessel, or payload bay. Each module is preferably substantially identical including a common size, shape, and payload of missiles in common with the module above and below it. A one-way positioning latch is provided that prevents the upper missiles from dropping down on top of the lower missiles, while allowing the lower missiles to later pass up through the same launch tube as the upper missiles, after the upper missiles have been ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael T. Ansay, Harry Zervas, Michael J. Wroblewski, James T. Broadmeadow
  • Patent number: 7143681
    Abstract: The invention relates to a firing direction system for adjusting a rocket launcher, and includes a drive motor (9) that is connected via a safety brake (2-8) with a drive shaft (1) for adjusting the rocket launcher, whereby a rotation of the drive shaft (1) in a first direction effects a raising of the rocket launcher, and a rotation in the opposite direction effects a lowering of the rocket launcher, whereby the safety brake prevents a back-driving torque of the rocket launcher from effecting a rotation of the drive shaft (1) in the opposite direction. In addition, an electric motor (11) is disposed on the drive shaft (1) and is controlled is such a way that upon a rotation of the drive shaft in the first direction, the electric motor effects an additional torque of the drive shaft (1) in the first direction, and upon rotation of the drive shaft in the opposite direction effects a recovery of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Hartmann, Timo Rinke, Bernhard Stehlin, Andreas Noll
  • Patent number: 7140289
    Abstract: An underwater missile launch system includes one or more missile loading modules for supporting a plurality of missiles disposed within protective capsules in a stackable, in-line configuration within a pressure vessel. The missiles are arranged inside the modules, which may be stacked in groups inside a single pressure vessel, or payload bay. Each module is preferably substantially identical including a common size, shape, and payload of missiles in common with the module above and below it. A one-way positioning latch is provided that prevents the upper missiles from dropping down on top of the lower missiles, while allowing the lower missiles to later pass up through the same launch tube as the upper missiles, after the upper missiles have been ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael T. Ansay, Harry Zervas, Michael J. Wroblewski, James T. Broadmeadow
  • Publication number: 20060191402
    Abstract: A bottle rocket launcher comprises a long hollow tube barrel having an tube-axial sealing valve that has a rotary cylindrical or spherical valve member where the valve is attached at the breech end of the launcher barrel. The rocket launcher can be angled up to a near vertical position with support legs. In use, a bottle rocket can be partially inserted into the valve passageway that is held open. The flammable rocket fuse is lit and the bottle rocket is dynamically inserted by hand contact with the rocket stick into the barrel inside chamber body to a position that is beyond the valve member. The valve is rotated into a valve-closed position while the rocket fuse is burning. When the bottle rocket powder is ignited by the burning fuse, the burning exhaust gases thrusts the bottle rocket along the inside of the barrel tube and propels it into the sky in the direction that the launcher barrel is pointed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Cameron Duescher, Kent Duescher
  • Patent number: 7089843
    Abstract: A launcher includes a plurality of launch tubes for stowing and launching a plurality of air vehicles. A central air manifold is operatively connected to an air storage tank; a first launch tube air manifold is operatively connected to a first group of the launch tubes and operatively connected to the central air manifold. The first launch tube air manifold has a separate port corresponding to each launch tube of the first group of launch tubes. A release valve mechanism is removably mounted in one of the ports of the first launch tube air manifold, the release valve mechanism controlling the passage of launch air between the first launch tube air manifold and the launch tube corresponding to the port in which the release valve mechanism is mounted. A plug is removably mounted in each of the ports not occupied by the release valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Miller, Steven J. Fox, David M. Feild, Richard A. Bauernschub, Justin A. Mettee
  • Patent number: 7089842
    Abstract: A marine vessel equipped with a countermeasure system having a substantially vertical launch tube that is at least generally rotatable about a vertical reference axis that extends through and along a length of the launch tube. This rotation capability of the launch tube may be used to affect an aiming of an associated countermeasure cartridge at least generally disposed therein. One or both the launch tube and countermeasure cartridge of this countermeasure system are generally equipped with a rotation inhibitor for substantially preventing independent rotation of the countermeasure cartridge relative to the launch tube at least when the countermeasure cartridge is disposed within the launch tube. The present invention is also designed to enable the associated countermeasure cartridge to be pitched over to a predetermined pitch angle (relative to the reference axis of the launch tube) to affect a desired flight path after launch of the countermeasure cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Kilgore Flares Company, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Herbage
  • Patent number: 7086318
    Abstract: An anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon system with an overhead mounted, electrically driven, remote controlled weapon station that supports a tube-launched optically-tracked wire-guided (TOW) missile launcher and a machine gun, typically the caliber .50 M2, on a single traversing and elevating platform. Above-deck assemblies include the TOW and gun cradle, a dual pod missile launcher, the Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS), target acquisition subsystem (TAS), elevation and traverse motors and gear transmissions and drive electronics, and an ammunition case. Below-deck assemblies include the ATGM weapon system control handles, biocular display, control panel, ITAS fire control system (FCS), ITAS battery power source (BPS), slip-ring, and gunner's seat. Electrical cables connecting the two assemblies penetrate the vehicle deck directly below the weapon System.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P.
    Inventor: Larry N. Darnall
  • Publication number: 20060086241
    Abstract: A launcher includes a plurality of launch tubes for stowing and launching a plurality of air vehicles. A central air manifold is operatively connected to an air storage tank; a first launch tube air manifold is operatively connected to a first group of the launch tubes and operatively connected to the central air manifold. The first launch tube air manifold has a separate port corresponding to each launch tube of the first group of launch tubes. A release valve mechanism is removably mounted in one of the ports of the first launch tube air manifold, the release valve mechanism controlling the passage of launch air between the first launch tube air manifold and the launch tube corresponding to the port in which the release valve mechanism is mounted. A plug is removably mounted in each of the ports not occupied by the release valve mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Publication date: April 27, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Miller, Steven Fox, David Feild, Richard Bauernschub, Justin Mettee
  • Patent number: 7013790
    Abstract: A stealth weapon module (10) including a weapon support cage (11) and a weapon (12), with the weapon module (10) able to be stowed beneath a retractable hard roof (15). The roof (15) is raised and lowered by a hydraulic motor (16), and includes a stabilizing cloth (15b) that keeps the roof (15), made of interconnected slats (15a), from pulling apart or otherwise changing shape as it is raised and lowered, even at rates of travel of several inches per second. The weapon module (10), with any of various different roof designs including the retractable hard roof (15), can be incorporated into either a transportable shell (20), able to be moved from one application to another, or can be built into (and so specially adapted to) a structure, such as the back/cab of a sports utility vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Ibis Tek, LLC
    Inventors: James Helms, Thomas G. Buckner
  • Publication number: 20060021497
    Abstract: An electrical connector that avoids some of the disadvantages associated with electrical connectors in the prior art. In particular, the illustrative embodiment of the present invention uses spring-loaded contacts to maintain connection in the presence of the vibration associated with a rocket launch, and also includes an environmental seal and electromagnetic shield so as to provide an environment for the electrical contacts that is isolated from the ambient environment and external electromagnetic radiation. Furthermore, the illustrative embodiment avoids the possibility of bent connector pins, which would make mating between the electrical connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: Buddy Paul, Greg Klein
  • Patent number: 6907812
    Abstract: A remote pop-up weapon system utilizes an elevating deck and a rotating gun base to allow the weapon(s) to be positioned in locations that are preferred over the locations available for traditional weapon systems. The use of the elevating deck allows the weapon station to “see” over buildings, trees, hills, and the like. This allows the crew of the vehicle, including the operators of the weapon system, to fully utilize available shielding or cover while remotely firing the weapons mounted on the elevating deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: United Defense LP
    Inventor: Paul D. Eckstedt