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  • Publication number: 20170217587
    Abstract: A weather modification system that includes both systems and vehicles capable of modifying the weather. The systems may include devices capable of utilizing compositions to create dispersants that can modify weather. The system is capable of autonomous weather modification where the vehicles may operate for long periods of time in the air and may be directed by a control station. The vehicles may include an airplane, a UAV, a balloon, a satellite, an airship, such as a lenticular airship, a helicopter or a lighter than air vehicle. The vehicles are capable of multiple functions including weather modification, weather monitoring, and coordination between different vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventor: John Goelet
  • Patent number: 4141274
    Abstract: A weather modification cartridge dispenser for automatically igniting and spensing pyrotechnic weather modification rounds wherein the dispenser is basically a motor driven automatic spring powered gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Robert L. Gerber
  • Publication number: 20100074390
    Abstract: A nuclear fusion reactor (2) or nuclear fission reactor (22) is used as a heat source. A heat exchanger (11 or 37) that contains water to be heated (15) is used for water vapor generation. A circulating pipe (10 or 26) through which a fluid for cooling the nuclear fusion reactor or nuclear fission reactor or for conducting heat exchange circulates is disposed so as to extend in the heat exchanger and be in contact with the water to be heated. Water vapor is thus generated. This water vapor is jetted toward the sky at a state of collimation through a vapor discharge pipe (12 or 36). A cloud for blocking sunlight is formed in the sky from the water vapor jetted to reduce the temperature of the earth surface. This enables a weather modification without discharging any greenhouse gas, e.g., CO2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Tomoaki Nakamura, Katsuhiko Nakamura, Takafusa Nakamura, Yoshinori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5984239
    Abstract: A Satellite Weather Modification System (SWMS) uses earth satellites to harness solar energy to modify the thermodynamics and composition of the earth's atmosphere. SWMS has three subsystems: The first subsystem includes a network of earth satellites called Satellite Engines (SEs) used to reflect solar energy and/or transform solar energy into other forms of energy beams discharged at specified locations. The media at these locations and the media through which the energy beams pass absorb these energies and change them into heat. The second subsystem includes a large network of Remote Sensing Devices (RSDs). These sensors are used to measure local media compositions, dynamic parameters and thermodynamic properties. Sensor measurements are fed back to the third subsystem, which includes a network of Ground Control Stations (GCSs). GCSs provide energy beam guidance by estimating each beam's characteristics and its aim point trajectory as functions of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Franklin Y. K. Chen
  • Publication number: 20050056705
    Abstract: Process of rainmaking and moving cloud using ‘Royal Rainmaking Technology’ is described for weather modification by means of chemical seeding comprises steps of “Triggering”, to activate cloud formation; “Fattening”, to promote cloud growth; “Moving”, to move cloud to a designated area, and “Attacking” to initiate rainfall from cloud. Attacking can be done by at least 3 different techniques; by ‘Sandwich Seeding Technique’ for ‘warm cloud’, by ‘Glaciogenic Seeding Technique’ for ‘cool cloud’, or by ‘Super Sandwich Seeding Technique’ for mixed phase cloud. ‘Enhancing’ is for enhancing amount of rainfall and prolonging raining duration including increasing area coverage. Weather modification extends to dispersion of cloud into clear flight path, prevention of hail formation, and inducing rainfall from stratiform clouds onto a valley or any catchment areas. Seeding may be performed inside or outside a cloud or to the top or underneath any isolated cloud or cloud band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Inventor: His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Publication number: 20110174892
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for weather modification. The apparatus comprises an emitter electrode, means for providing the emitter electrode with an electric charge, electrically coupled to the emitter electrode, an insulating support for supporting the emitter electrode at a predetermined height, and means for earthing the apparatus. The emitter electrode comprises a Malter film. According to another aspect of the present invention an apparatus for weather modification is provided, which comprises a lighter-than-air craft suitable for carrying an emitter electrode, means for providing the emitter electrode with an electric charge, electrically coupled to the emitter electrode, and means for earthing the apparatus. According to still a further aspect of the present invention, a method of increasing the amount of precipitation in a target region is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: METEO SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Helmut Fluhrer, Elena Davydova, Yuri Saveliev
  • Publication number: 20130015260
    Abstract: This patent describes a scientific explanation for what causes lightning and thunder and how to replicate it using high-frequency soundwaves such as radar and microwaves. The uses for this are mainly in military weaponry and weather modification. This is a very high energy weapon, and is capable of great damage if not used properly. Uses of this invention include: Missile defense, aiming at a nuclear missile to disable all electrical and electronic systems with electromagnetic pulse (lightning) and break the missile apart with the concurrent acoustic shockwave (thunder). Other uses include installing the devices in airplanes, helicopters and tanks to fire lightning and thunder upon whatever it is aimed at: air-air combat, air to ground combat, ground to air combat, tank to ground combat. This technology could obsolete guns and fired projectiles if widespread military utilization is made. The system can be used to either start or diffuse a hurricane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: David Joseph Schulte
  • Patent number: 5762298
    Abstract: A Satellite Weather Modification System (SWMS) uses earth satellites to harness solar energy to modify the thermodynamics and composition of the earth's atmosphere. SWMS has three subsystems: The first subsystem includes a network of earth satellites called Satellite Engines (SEs) used to reflect solar energy and/or transform solar energy into other forms of energy beams discharged at specified locations. The media at these locations and the media through which the energy beams pass absorb these energies and change them into heat. The second subsystem includes a large network of Remote Sensing Devices (RSDs). These sensors are used to measure local media compositions, dynamic parameters and thermodynamic properties. Sensor measurements are fed back to the third subsystem, which includes a network of Ground Control Stations (GCSs). GCSs provide energy beam guidance by estimating each beam's characteristics and its aim point trajectory as functions of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Franklin Y. K. Chen
  • Publication number: 20180292826
    Abstract: Data including current locations of candidate clouds to be seeded is obtained; based on same, a vehicle is caused to move proximate at least one of the candidate clouds to be seeded. Weather and cloud system data are obtained from a sensor suite associated with the vehicle, while the vehicle and sensor suite are proximate the at least one of the candidate clouds to be seeded. Vehicle position parameters are obtained from the sensor suite associated with the vehicle. Based on the weather and cloud system data and the vehicle position parameters, it is determined, via a machine learning process, which of the candidate clouds should be seeded, and, within those of the candidate clouds which should be seeded, where to disperse an appropriate seeding material. The vehicle is controlled to carry out the seeding on the candidate clouds to be seeded, in accordance with the determining step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Peter DeFelice, Duncan Axisa
  • Patent number: 5492274
    Abstract: Weather in the vicinity of a land mass such as a continental arid zone near, and usually eastward of a body of water is modified by preferably propelling a ship pulling a submerged body having plurality of vertically displaced foils having an angle of attack that effects an upward displacement to the water in response to the surface displacement of the ship. The upward displacement of the water moves cooler sub-surface water toward the surface thereby cooling the surface water and reducing its heat loss in the summer. As a result, the heat capacity of the water is increased and additional heat will be stored in the water as a consequence of the greater absorption of solar radiation thereby increasing winter storms and the amount of rainfall over the land mass during the winter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: Geophysical Engineering Company
    Inventors: Gad Assaf, Lucien Y. Bronicki
  • Patent number: 4470544
    Abstract: The weather near a continental arid zone is modified by increasing the heat storage of the seas westwardly of the arid zone during the summer. The heat storage is increased by mixing the relatively warmer surface water with relatively cooler deeper water thereby reducing the surface temperature of the seas during the summer. Cooling the surface of the water will increase the radiant heat flux due to solar radiation and decrease the radiant heat loss from the surface during the summer thus increasing the amount of heat stored in the water an available for evaporation during the winter. Mixing is achieved by pumping water from a lower level in the seas to the upper level. In one embodiment of the invention, normal wave motion provides the mode of power for the pumping operation. In another embodiment, mixing is achieved by a paddle that is operated by wave motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: Geophysical Engineering Co.
    Inventors: Lucien Y. Bronicki, Gad Assaf
  • Publication number: 20110049257
    Abstract: The invention concerns environmentally compatible methods and apparatuses for local modification of atmosphere, and in particular, for causing precipitation, dissipating fogs and/or clouds, removing air-pollutants in a target area. SUBSTANCE: the method involves applying air ionizers (1a, 1b, 1c) to generate ion flows into atmosphere to form convective flows and/or spatial charges. To control characteristics of the ion flow, it is proposed to use one or multiple air ionizers (1a, 1b, 1c) provided with variable-inclination electrode working cells. EFFECT: wide application of an air ionizer (1) with variable layout (inclination angle) of the electrodes in weather condition modification over a target area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Sergey Bologurov, Roman Rodkin
  • Patent number: 8988847
    Abstract: The invention concerns environmentally compatible methods and apparatuses for local modification of atmosphere, and in particular, for causing precipitation, dissipating fogs and/or clouds, removing air-pollutants in a target area. SUBSTANCE: the method involves applying air ionizers (1a, 1b, 1c) to generate ion flows into atmosphere to form convective flows and/or spatial charges. To control characteristics of the ion flow, it is proposed to use one or multiple air ionizers (1a, 1b, 1c) provided with variable-inclination electrode working cells. EFFECT: wide application of an air ionizer (1) with variable layout (inclination angle) of the electrodes in weather condition modification over a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Sergey Bologurov, Roman Rodkin
  • Patent number: 9241060
    Abstract: The communication device comprising a first weather implementer, a second weather implementer, a first weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, and a second weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10175846
    Abstract: The communication device comprising a first weather implementer, a second weather implementer, a first weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, a second weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, and an audio playback implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Publication number: 20120288715
    Abstract: TiO2 pigments in the anatase modification with increased light and weather resistance have the advantages of blue tint, low hardness and abrasiveness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: SACHTLEBEN CHEMIE GMBH
    Inventors: Wolf-Dieter Griebler, Ulrich Gesenhues
  • Patent number: 6045089
    Abstract: A Satellite Weather Modification System (SWMS) uses earth satellites to harness solar energy to modify the thermodynamics and composition of the earth's atmosphere. SWMS has three subsystems: The first subsystem includes a network of earth satellites called Satellite Engines (SEs) used to reflect solar energy and/or transform solar energy into other forms of energy beams discharged at specified locations. The media at these locations and the media through which the energy beams pass absorb these energies and change them into heat. The second subsystem includes a large network of Remote Sensing Devices (RSDs). These sensors are used to measure local media compositions, dynamic parameters and thermodynamic properties. Sensor measurements are fed back to the third subsystem, which includes a network of Ground Control Stations (GCSs). GCSs provide energy beam guidance by estimating each beam's characteristics and its aim point trajectory as functions of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Franklin Y. K. Chen
  • Publication number: 20080081496
    Abstract: A weather-resistant cover for an electrical connection box is constructed of a resilient elastomeric material. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the elastomeric cover is immovably sandwiched between an outlet face plate and an electrical receptacle and the box to which the receptacle is secured. The cover prevents moisture and airborne particles from getting into the connection box. Self-closing slots cut into the elastomeric cover are in alignment with the prong opening in the electrical receptacle. An electric plug may be plugged into the receptacle by inserting the plug's prongs through the slots in the cover and into the receptacle. When an electric appliance is plugged into the device, a seal is formed between the face of the plug and the elastomeric cover. When the plug is removed, the slots in the cover automatically close due to the elastic memory of the resilient material of which the cover is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Walter W. Westhoff
  • Patent number: 7484973
    Abstract: A weather-resistant cover for an electrical connection box is constructed of a resilient elastomeric material. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the elastomeric cover is immovably sandwiched between an outlet face plate and an electrical receptacle and the box to which the receptacle is secured. The cover prevents moisture and airborne particles from getting into the connection box. Self-closing slots cut into the elastomeric cover are in alignment with the prong opening in the electrical receptacle. An electric plug may be plugged into the receptacle by inserting the plug's prongs through the slots in the cover and into the receptacle. When an electric appliance is plugged into the device, a seal is formed between the face of the plug and the elastomeric cover. When the plug is removed, the slots in the cover automatically close due to the elastic memory of the resilient material of which the cover is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Walter W. Westhoff
  • Patent number: RE29142
    Abstract: A combustible composition for generating aerosols for the control and modification of weather conditions consisting of a readily oxidizable substance selected from the group consisting of aluminum, magnesium, alkali-metals and alkaline earth metals; an oxidizing agent selected from the groups consisting of:(a) sulphur and sulphur yielding compounds; and(b) organic and inorganic nitrates, alkali-metal and ammonium chlorates and perchlorates;The molar ratio of the oxidizable substance to the oxidizing agent being between 1.5:1 and 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1973
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1977
    Assignee: Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche
    Inventors: Henry M. Papee, Alberto C. Montefinale, Gianna L. Petriconi, Tadeusz W. Zawidzky
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