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  • Publication number: 20170292634
    Abstract: A cable bracket having at least one cable support member and a subtending continuous fastener passageway with a first open end and a second open end spaced from the first open end is disclosed. The first and second open ends are oriented on the same side of the cable bracket to facilitate installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: ANTHONY PAUL NGUYEN
  • Patent number: 9828117
    Abstract: A new system and apparatus for detachably joining a first component to a second component is disclosed, along with a method for detachably joining two components. Embodiments of the present invention include a tensioning apparatus and system for clamping joints. The tensioning apparatus may include a wedge block and a fastening device. The clamping joint may be a tongue and groove joint that is tightened using the tensioning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Philip M. Echelman, Edwin W. Walton
  • Patent number: 10612716
    Abstract: A multi-ply composite duct comprised of polymeric materials, inter-ply cryogenic epoxy or sealing agent, and structural reinforcement material and methods of making the duct are disclosed. Ducts according to the present disclosure demonstrate the ability to satisfy performance requirements for transfer of single and multiphase fluids at cryogenic temperatures, and resist perforation, occlusion, combustion and galvanic coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Connor W. Campbell, Guy Brendan Kayne, James A. Krajnak
  • Patent number: 10569908
    Abstract: A method for preserving and recovering the main engine of the first stage of a multistage launch vehicle involves utilizing a portion of a first stage propellant tank together with a parachute and a deployed buoyancy device to float the engine in a body of water until the engine can be recovered. Controlled explosions remove portions of the propellant tank to permit it to stabilize the position of the engine relative to the water following splash down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brendan M. Coyne, James Lampariello, Daniel A. Wehrwein
  • Patent number: 8393582
    Abstract: A launch system is provided which includes a secondary payload. The secondary payload includes a propellant tank and at least one module that is supported by an adapter ring that is commonly used to secure an upper stage to a primary payload. The propellant tank is launched empty and subsequently filled with residual propellant from the upper stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bernard Friedrich Kutter, Jonathan D. Barr, Mari E. Gravlee, Gerard P. Szatkowski, Frank C. Zegler
  • Patent number: 10669048
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a novel system, device, and methods for providing a one-way locking mechanism that changes the shape or stiffness of a structure. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to a mechanism for increasing fairing jettison clearance. Embodiments of the present invention permit outward breathing displacement by the fairing, but reduce the inward breathing displacement by the fairing such that the fairing does not hit and damage the spacecraft or vehicle as it is jettisoned from the spacecraft or vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Trevor M. Tanner, Michael W. Clarke, Philip M. Echelman
  • Patent number: 10570984
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a novel system, device, and methods for providing an isolator for components and instrumentation to isolate vibrations, shock, static or quasi-static loads, thermal loads, and electrical currents. The novel isolator has an asymmetrical shape, experiences uniform motion under quasi-static loading, and reduces the effective modal mass across a range of frequencies. The novel isolator outperforms conventional vibration isolators in terms of cost, schedule (manufacturing time and lead time), heat dissipation, and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ryan Lee Shannon
  • Patent number: 8720830
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for interconnection with a launch vehicle is provided. Generally, the adapter assembly is positioned between two separable components of a launch vehicle along a longitudinal axis of the launch vehicle to structurally interconnect the components. In an embodiment, a solar panel having a stowed state and a deployed state is interconnected to the adapter assembly. In a stowed state, the solar panel can be positioned within the interior space of the adapter assembly to utilize space within the launch vehicle that would otherwise not be fully utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gerard P. Szatkowski
  • Patent number: 10718294
    Abstract: A system and methods are disclosed for an upper stage space launch vehicle that uses gases from the propellant tanks to power an internal combustion engine that produces mechanical power for driving other components including a generator for generation of electrical current for operating compressors and fluid pumps and for charging batteries. These components and others comprise a thermodynamic system from which system enthalpy may be leveraged by extracting and moving heat to increase the efficient use of propellant and the longevity and performance of the launch vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Frank Charles Zegler
  • Patent number: 9234351
    Abstract: A new adaptable grid or lattice structure identified by the coined term “polargrid” is disclosed. A polargrid may be designed or engineered to fill any space between two generally circular structures and where the ribs will intersect with both circular structures at a node. The intersection of a polargrid with a circular structure will not occur mid-rib. Rather, a polargrid can be designed to always have ribs terminate at an inner or outer circular structure at a node. Polargrids have particular applicability in cylindrical structures or when interconnecting concentric circular or cylindrical structures that may or may not be co-planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Philip M. Echelman
  • Patent number: 9820614
    Abstract: A welding ground detection system and method are provided. In one embodiment, a switch actuator is interconnected to a grounding device and operatively associated with a switch. The switch is electrically connected to an electrical circuit that is operatively associated with the welding equipment. The switch is normally in an open state in which the switch opens the electrical circuit, thereby preventing welding. Upon connection of the grounding device to a workpiece, the switch actuator actuates the switch to a closed state, thereby permitting welding. In one embodiment, detection of a voltage, a current, a resistance, or an impedance of a ground connection is not required to actuate the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Johnny W. Dingler
  • Patent number: 10717550
    Abstract: A system and methods are provided for combining systems of an upper stage space launch vehicle for enhancing the operation of the space vehicle. Hydrogen and oxygen already on board as propellant for the upper stage rockets is also used for other upper stage functions. Specifically, gases from the propellant tanks, instead of being dumped overboard, are used as fuel and oxidizer to power an internal combustion engine that produces mechanical power for driving other elements including a generator for generation of electrical current, mechanical power for fluid pumps, and other uses. The exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine is also used directly in one or more vehicle thrusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Frank Charles Zegler
  • Patent number: 8196868
    Abstract: A cryogenic propellant depot and sunshield are provided for operation in earth orbit to fuel or refuel other space vehicles. The sunshield is deployed to effectively mitigate solar radiation emanating from the earth and the sun thereby providing a long term storage solution for cryogenic fluids prone to boil-off. The depot has supporting subsystems to include station keeping equipment and communication equipment so that the depot can be independently controlled. Inflatable booms are used to deploy the sunshield in a desired pattern around the depot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard Friedrich Kutter, Frank Charles Zegler, Mohamed R. Ragab
  • Patent number: 8141764
    Abstract: A friction stir welding system is provided herein. More specifically, traditional friction stir welding requires a rotatable head that is forced against a plurality of work pieces to bond the same. The rotational and normal forces generated by the friction stir welding tool are generally reacted by a backing plate, anvil, mandrel or other mechanisms, such hardware are subject to the applied forces and are often supported with additional internal supports. Conversely, a friction stir weld system is described that omits the need for such a backing member and internal supports as it is performed using a self reacting pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Potter, Richard K. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8123104
    Abstract: A friction stir welding apparatus is provided herein. More specifically, traditional friction stir welding requires a rotatable head that is forced against a plurality of work pieces to bond the same. The rotational and normal forces generated by the friction stir welding tool are generally reacted by a backing plate, anvil, mandrel or other mechanisms, such hardware are subject to the applied forces and are often supported with additional internal supports. Conversely, an apparatus for performing a friction stir weld is described that omits the need for such a backing member and internal supports as it is performed using a self reacting pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Potter, Richard K. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7866532
    Abstract: A method of performing friction stir welding is provided herein. More specifically, traditional friction stir welding requires a rotatable head that is forced against a plurality of work pieces to bond the same. The rotational and normal forces generated by the friction stir welding tool are generally reacted by a backing plate, anvil, mandrel or other mechanisms, such hardware are subject to the applied forces and are often supported with additional internal supports. Conversely, a method of performing a friction stir weld is described that omits the need for such a backing member and internal supports as it is performed using a self reacting pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Potter, Richard K. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8348136
    Abstract: A method of performing friction stir welding is provided herein. More specifically, traditional friction stir welding requires a rotatable head that is forced against a plurality of work pieces to bond the same. The rotational and normal forces generated by the friction stir welding tool are generally reacted by a backing plate, anvil, mandrel or other mechanisms, such hardware are subject to the applied forces and are often supported with additional internal supports. Conversely, a method of performing a friction stir weld is described that omits the need for such a backing member and internal supports as it is performed using a self reacting pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Potter, Richard K. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10024757
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sampling data in bandwidth constrained data acquisition systems are provided. More specifically, the method may include selecting an anti-aliasing filter corner frequency equal to a first frequency, selecting an oversampling rate that is greater than a data sample transmission bandwidth, wherein the data sample transmission bandwidth is a data sample transmission rate from a data acquisition system to a receiving entity for data samples acquired from a sensor and having a selected sample resolution, acquiring data samples at the oversampling rate with the data acquisition system, and transmitting a fraction of the acquired data samples in accordance with the data sample transmission bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John Niehues
  • Patent number: 8196869
    Abstract: A cryogenic propellant depot and sunshield are provided for operation in earth orbit to fuel or refuel other space vehicles. The sunshield is deployed to effectively mitigate solar radiation emanating from the earth and the sun thereby providing a long term storage solution for cryogenic fluids prone to boil-off. The depot has supporting subsystems to include station keeping equipment and communication equipment so that the depot can be independently controlled. Inflatable booms are used to deploy the sunshield in a desired pattern around the depot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard Friedrich Kutter, Frank Charles Zegler, Cliff E. Willey, John K. Lin, Mohamed M. Ragab, Michael W. Dew
  • Patent number: 8132708
    Abstract: A method of performing friction stir welding is provided herein. More specifically, traditional friction stir welding requires a rotatable head that is forced against a plurality of work pieces to bond the same. The rotational and normal forces generated by the friction stir welding tool are generally reacted by a backing plate, anvil, mandrel or other mechanisms, such hardware are subject to the applied forces and are often supported with additional internal supports. Conversely, a method of performing a friction stir weld is described that omits the need for such a backing member and internal supports as it is performed using a self reacting pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Potter, Richard K. Hansen
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