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  • Patent number: 11130566
    Abstract: A vertical take-off and landing aircraft which uses fixed rotors for both VTOL and forward flight operations. The rotors form a synthetic wing and are positioned to achieve a high span efficiency. The rotors are positioned to even out the lift across the span of the synthetic wing. The synthetic wing may also have narrow front and rear airfoils which may provide structural support as well as providing lift during forward flight. The wing rotors are tilted forward and provide some forward propulsion during horizontal flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikic, JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 11323214
    Abstract: A fault-tolerant command and control system including a plurality of flight devices, a plurality of flight computers, a distribution network including a plurality of switches and cables connecting the plurality of flight devices to the plurality of flight computers, and a power source connected to the distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott MacAfee, JoeBen Bevirt, Jason Ryan
  • Patent number: 10960785
    Abstract: The battery thermal management system includes a battery pack, a circulation subsystem, and a heat exchanger. The system can optionally include a cooling system, a reservoir, a de-ionization filter, a battery charger, and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest Villanueva, Nathaniel Martin, JoeBen Bevirt, Jonathan Wagner, Kevin Witt, Brian Uznanski, Austin Newman
  • Patent number: 10988248
    Abstract: The aircraft can include: an airframe, a tilt mechanism, a payload housing, and can optionally include an impact attenuator, a set of ground support members (e.g., struts), a set of power sources, and a set of control elements. The airframe can include: a set of rotors and a set of support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikić, Alex Stoll, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10845823
    Abstract: A system and method that function to generate an updated vehicle state based on a previous vehicle state and a set of sensor measurements. The previous vehicle state can be selected from a set of redundant prior vehicle state candidates. The system and method can optionally detect and correct for sensor measurement faults or failures, prior to updating the vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Burghardt, JoeBen Bevirt, Daniel Burghardt, Kevin O'Connor, Tianyu Gu, Kyle Cordes, Steve Waller
  • Patent number: 10983534
    Abstract: The unified command system and/or method includes an input mechanism, a flight processor that receives input from the input mechanism and translates the input into control output, and effectors that are actuated according to the control output. The system can optionally include: one or more sensors, a vehicle navigation system which determines a vehicle state and/or flight regime based on data from the one or more sensors, and a vehicle guidance system which determines a flightpath for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake English, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10315760
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 11312485
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10710741
    Abstract: A method for determining airspeed of an aircraft that includes determining a rotor model relating a power coefficient of a propeller of the aircraft to an axial inflow velocity through the propeller as a function of a set of rotor operating parameters; determining the set of rotor operating parameters by sampling an electronic control signal associated with an electric motor actuating the propeller; computing the axial inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of rotor operating parameters using the rotor model; and determining the airspeed based on the axial inflow velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikić, Jason Ryan, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 11230384
    Abstract: The system can include an on-board thermal management subsystem. The system 100 can optionally include an off-board (extravehicular) infrastructure subsystem. The on-board thermal management subsystem can include: a battery pack, one or more fluid loops, and an air manifold. The system 100 can additionally or alternatively include any other suitable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lynn, Ernest Villanueva, Nathaniel Martin, JoeBen Bevirt, Jonathan Wagner, Kevin Witt, Brian Uznanski, Austin Newman
  • Patent number: 10919641
    Abstract: A method for determining airspeed of an aircraft that includes determining a rotor model relating a power coefficient of a propeller of the aircraft to an axial inflow velocity through the propeller as a function of a set of rotor operating parameters; determining the set of rotor operating parameters by sampling an electronic control signal associated with an electric motor actuating the propeller; computing the axial inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of rotor operating parameters using the rotor model; and determining the airspeed based on the axial inflow velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc
    Inventors: Gregor Veble Mikic, Jason Ryan, JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 10875643
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10625852
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10994851
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10556700
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 11273922
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing mounted thrust producing elements and a set of tail mounted rotors for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the rotors in a rotated, take-off attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path, with the rotors rotated to a typical horizontal configuration. The aerial vehicle uses different configurations of its wing mounted rotors and propellers to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
  • Patent number: 10843807
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing a psychoacoustic penalty of acoustic noise emitted by an aircraft, including a plurality of propulsion assemblies coupled to the aircraft, wherein each of the plurality of propulsion assemblies includes a motor, and a plurality of blades defined by a propeller, wherein the plurality of blades can define an asymmetric blade spacing; a control subsystem coupled to the aircraft and communicatively coupled to the motor of each of the plurality of propulsion assemblies, wherein the control subsystem is operable to rotate each of the plurality of propulsion assemblies at a different frequency to modulate the acoustic power distribution of the emitted acoustic signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Gregor Veble Mikic, Jason Ryan, Alex Stoll, Rob Thodal, Jeremy Bain
  • Patent number: 10035587
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using a set of wing tip mounted thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to vertical takeoff with the wings in a horizontal flight attitude then transitions to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle which uses different configurations of its wing tip mounted, VTOL enabling rotors to reduce drag in all flight modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Joeben Bevirt, Edward Stilson, Alex Stoll, Pranay Sinha
  • Patent number: 11292581
    Abstract: The 3D extension linkage 100 can include at least one arm that includes two elements connected by a joint. The linkage can include an actuation mechanism, additional arms and/or each arm can include more than two elements, tie rods and/or cross pieces connecting two or more arms, and any other suitable components. The linkage 100 functions to translate and rotate a body attached to one end of the arm relative to a primary structure attached to a second end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Gregor Veble Mikić, Joachim Grenestedt, Robert Thodal, Edward Stilson, Percy Pei, Drew Boggio
  • Patent number: 10046855
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle adapted for vertical takeoff and landing using pivoting thrust producing elements for takeoff and landing. An aerial vehicle which is adapted to takeoff with thrust units providing vertical thrust and then transitioning to a horizontal flight path. An aerial vehicle with pivoting thrust units with propellers, wherein some or all of the propellers are able to be stowed and fully nested during forward flight. An aerial vehicle adapted to withstand impacts upon its propellers. An aerial vehicle able to quickly alter the thrust of its propellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Alex Stoll
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