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 new patent  Self-switching dual voltage battery

A self-switching dual voltage battery system includes a plurality of battery cell groups connected in series to provide a first voltage between a negative terminal and a first positive terminal. A switch matrix couples a selected one of the plurality of battery cell groups to a second positive terminal to provide a second voltage. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for planetary rover having drum configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for unmanned aerial vehicle having drum configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for remotely operated vehicle having drum configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for autonomous underwater vehicle having drum configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for planetary rover having axially configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for unmanned aerial vehicle having axially configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Optical energy transfer and conversion system for remotely operated vehicle having axially configured fiber spooler mounted thereon

An optical energy transfer and conversion system comprising a fiber spooler and an electrical power extraction subsystem connected to the spooler with an optical waveguide. Optical energy is generated at and transferred from a base station through fiber wrapped around the spooler, and ultimately to the power extraction system at a remote mobility platform for conversion to another form of energy. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Angle of attack sensor with rotatable airfoil

An angle of attack sensor includes a vane that is freely rotatable to align with a direction of an oncoming airflow over the vane. The airfoil includes a root proximate a vane hub that connects to a rotatable shaft, a tip opposite the root, a leading edge, a trailing edge opposite the leading edge, a first lateral face, a second lateral face, and a heating element disposed within the airfoil between the first and second lateral faces proximate the leading edge. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  Redundant measurement of pseudo differential pressure using absolute pressure sensors

Apparatus and associated methods relate to generating redundant measurement of pseudo differential pressure using two absolute-pressure sensors, each exposed to a different environment. Each of the two absolute-pressure sensors has complementary first and second output nodes. ... The Aerospace Corporation

 new patent  In-flight leveling system

The disclosed embodiments relate to an aircraft having an in-flight leveling system for a seat onboard the aircraft that includes a swivel mechanism providing selective rotational movement of the a rear portion of the seat to compensate for an angle of inclination of the aircraft during flight. A locking mechanism is coupled to the swivel mechanism to retain the seat in a first position for use on the ground and a second position for use during flight. ... The Aerospace Corporation

Circuits and methods for reducing an interference signal that spectrally overlaps a desired signal

Under one aspect, a method is provided for processing a received signal, the received signal including a desired signal and an interference signal that spectrally overlaps the desired signal. The method can include obtaining an amplitude of the received signal. ... The Aerospace Corporation

Device, system and method for dynamic airspace use

A device, system, and method dynamically determines airspace availability. The method performed at an airspace predictor server includes determining a current condition present at an airport. ... The Aerospace Corporation

Flush plate

Embodiments relate generally to flush plates having noncircular openings. In a specific example, the flush plate has a shark-fin shaped opening with an extending fin along a tail portion.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/10/18 / #20180127115

Spacecraft for space debris removal

A spacecraft for removing space debris is disclosed. The spacecraft includes a satellite bus, a shield member foldable on an outer side face of the satellite bus and disposed facing towards space debris to reduce a movement speed of the space debris, and a support member configured to support the shield member with respect to the satellite bus, in which the shield member includes a central panel configured to overlap one face of the satellite bus, a plurality of first panels connected to peripheral sides of the central panel and radially extended, and a plurality of second panels located between the first panels.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/10/18 / #20180127106

Propulsion system using large scale vortex generators for flow redistribution and supersonic aircraft equipped with the propulsion system

An arrangement for use with a propulsion system for a supersonic aircraft includes a center body configured for coupling to an inlet and to support a boundary layer formed when the supersonic aircraft is flown at a predetermined altitude supersonic speed. The arrangement further includes a first vortex generator disposed on the center body. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/10/18 / #20180127104

Electrified aircraft and method of controlling regenerative electric power of electrified aircraft

To provide an electrified aircraft, and a method of controlling a regenerative electric power of the electrified aircraft where a path angle and a descending rate can be controlled with a good response independently from a speed while controlling the drag force of the propulsion drive system and where it is possible to maximize safely a generated electric power in each flight status at the time of descent or ascent. The electrified aircraft includes a propeller or a fan for propulsion; an electric drive motor for rotary-driving the propeller or the fan and for generating an electric power by the rotation of the propeller or the fan; and an estimation unit for estimating a drag force of the propeller or the fan or an electric power generation amount of the electric drive motor based on propulsion system parameters of the electric drive motor.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/10/18 / #20180125244

Multi-function seat cushion

A multi-function seat cushion including an inner layer adapted to resist compression in response to force applied in a longitudinal direction of the inner layer, and compress in response to force applied in a transverse direction of the inner layer, such that the multi-function seat cushion can be used as an armrest or armrest extension when in a first orientation, and can be used as a lumbar support when oriented in a second orientation different from the first orientation.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180124388

System and method for determining satellite image loss and computer-readable recording medium therefor

A system and a method for determining a satellite image loss and a computer-readable recording medium therefor are provided. The satellite image loss determination system includes a data receiving unit configured to receive packet data including satellite image data, time information, and a flag value, and angle data of a scan mirror that generates the satellite image data; a data comparing unit configured to compare the angle data received by the data receiving unit with angle data of the scan mirror previously determined in correspondence with the packet data; and an image loss determining unit configured to determine whether a loss has occurred in a satellite image generated from the satellite image data in consideration of a result of comparison of the data comparing unit.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180123067

Quantum dot-based lighting system for an aircraft

An aircraft lighting system includes quantum dot light-emitting diodes (“qleds”), including a first qled of a first color and a second qled of a second color. The system also includes logic circuitry configured to control the qleds to emit light in a first brightness ratio to create a light of a first metamer of a color and control the qleds to emit light in a second brightness ratio to create a light of a second metamer of the color.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180120208

Drop testing apparatus

A drop testing apparatus is provided. The drop testing apparatus includes a plate connected to an external crane, a magnet holder provided at one end of the plate and fixed to the plate by an electromagnetic force, a counterweight provided at another end of the plate and facing the magnet holder, a dummy structure connected to the magnet holder through a connecting member and having a test specimen installed at one side thereof, a load cell unit provided between the dummy structure and the test specimen to measure impulse of the test specimen, and a controller configured to control the electromagnetic force to be created in the magnet holder and to receive the impulse measured by the load cell unit. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180118472

Baggage handling system

A baggage transfer conveyer unit for mounting over a baggage carousel having a carousel transferring path for transferring a baggage therealong is provided. The conveyor unit comprises a proximal end, a distal end, an upper surface by means of which the baggage is to be transferred from the proximal end to the distal end along a conveyor unit transferring path extending between the ends, a baggage transferring mechanism configured for causing the upper surface to transfer the baggage along the conveyor transferring path; and a baggage diverting mechanism configured for causing a part of the upper surface to divert the baggage from the conveyer unit transferring path along a diverted direction different from that of the conveyor unit transferring path. ... The Aerospace Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180118342

Table including a display

A table is provided including a display. The table includes a base section having a first base section end and a second base section end. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180106765

Ultrasonic inspection technique to assess bond quality in composite structures

An ultrasonic inspection technique may be used to inspect quality of a bond between thermal protection system (tps) material and a composite. The technique may include a highly damped transducer emitting an incident wave, which may traverse through thermal protection system (tps) material and to a back wall of a composite. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180106561

Heat exchanger

A heat exchanger comprises a conduit defining an inlet flow path for a fluid; a heat exchanger matrix disposed to receive a flow from the inlet flow path; and a swirler disposed within the conduit and arranged to improve dispersion of a flow from the inlet flow path over the heat exchanger matrix.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180106279

Waste water air stop valve

Embodiments provide systems and methods for releasing grey water from an aircraft sink or sump using an improved waste water air stop valve. The valves described herein allow drainage of waste water, without air leakage. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105275

Coaxial fluid vent and electronic control for a fluid valve for aircraft

A ventilation system for ventilating a passenger compartment of an aircraft, an aircraft, and a method of operating the ventilation system are disclosed herein. The ventilation system includes, but is not limited to, a bezel, a fluid vent, an electronic sensor, and a valve. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105274

Passenger seat having side sleep support assembly

An aircraft passenger seat configured to facilitate ergonomic alignment of a passenger while in a sleeping position, including a seat bottom; and a seatback including a central opening corresponding to a shoulder region of a passenger, and a sleep support assembly mounted within the central opening, the sleep support assembly including an adjustable support member spanning a central portion of the seatback, where the adjustable support member is configured for at least one of translation and deformation; where, when the seat bottom is aligned with the seatback in a lie-flat seating position, a load provided by the shoulder region of the passenger, at least in a side-sleeping position, causes translation and/or deformation of the adjustable support member toward a floor of an aircraft cabin, thereby facilitating ergonomic alignment of the spine.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105266

Unmanned aerial vehicle

A technical object of the present invention is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of performing a position movement while maintaining posture stabilization. To this end, the unmanned aerial vehicle of the present invention includes: a main body unit; a plurality of propeller motors of which the rotational speed is adjusted by the main body unit; supports which extend from the main body unit in order to support the plurality of propeller motors; propellers which are axially coupled to the plurality of propeller motors and output thrust; and tilting units which tilt rotating shafts of the propellers with respect to the main body unit.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180104818

Method and apparatus for facilitating part verification

A system includes a set of automated arms. Each automated arm includes a holder configured to support a portion of a part, with the set including a quantity of automated arms and holders sufficient for verifying a complex geometry of the part. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180102057

Route planning methods and apparatuses for unmanned aerial vehicles

The present application provides route planning methods and apparatuses for an unmanned aerial vehicle. An exemplary route planning method may include determining a quadrant angle in accordance with a starting point and an ending point. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180102056

Device, system, and method for managing regional diversion

A device, system, and method manages regional diversions. The method perform at a diversion server includes determining whether a diversion is to be used for an aircraft based on a primary expected operating capability of a primary airport that is a destination for the aircraft in transit. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180100822

Heat exchanger

A heat exchanger system comprises a heat exchanger; and one or more sensor(s) for measuring characteristics of a fluid flow field across a cross-section of a flow path in the heat exchanger. Each of the one or more sensor(s) comprises multiple conductivity sensing elements distributed across multiple locations in an array extending over the cross-section of the flow path for obtaining measurements of the fluid flow field at the multiple locations.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180099756

Aircraft battery systems and aircraft including same

Battery modules for unmanned and human piloted electric aircraft comprise two planar substrates with electrochemical cells secured between to form load-bearing structural components from which aircraft with greater endurance can be constructed. The cells can be oriented perpendicular or parallel to the substrates, and in the latter case the substrates can include slots that the cells fit into. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180099752

Aircraft cabin arrangement with dedicated seating classes

An aircraft cabin arrangement including a first passenger seating class and a second passenger seating class separated from the first passenger seating class and equipped with at least one amenity dedicated to a need of an infant or a pet. A method of minimizing disruptions between aircraft passengers travelling with children or pets and aircraft passengers travelling without children or pets.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/12/18 / #20180099310

Fabrication assembly and methods for fabricating composite mirror objects

A fabrication assembly comprises an apparatus that receives a composite substrate and a glass substrate having a surface with a release coating layer. A resin layer is deposited between the composite and glass substrates such that a first portion of the resin layer is positioned adjacent to a surface of the composite substrate and a second portion of the resin layer is positioned adjacent to the surface with the release coating layer to prevent aperture(s) from forming. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/05/18 / #20180096612

Device, system, and method for gate optimization

A method performed by an optimization server for receiving an identification identifying an aircraft, identifying a gate assigned to the aircraft upon landing at a destination including the gate, determining whether a gate conflict is expected for the aircraft to use the gate, when there is a gate conflict, determining a resolution for the gate conflict based on actual departure demand information of the gate and providing a notification corresponding to the resolution.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/05/18 / #20180094994

Wall shear sensors with multiple independent flexures and measurement systems including the wall shear sensors

Wall shear sensors include a floating element fixedly attached to a base. The floating element has a sensing head opposite the base, a first flexure between the sensing head and the base, and a second flexure between the first flexure and the base. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/05/18 / #20180094992

Wall shear sensors with multiple bending beam flexure and measurement systems including the wall shear sensors

A wall shear sensor includes a floating element fixedly attached to a base. The floating element has a sensing head opposite the base, and a split-beam flexure between the sensing head and the base. ... The Aerospace Corporation

04/05/18 / #20180093116

Network-type temperature-controlled hanging extinguishing system

A network-type temperature-controlled hanging extinguishing system includes: a main fire-fighting pipe which has at least one fire-extinguishing medium support port; at least one fire-extinguishing medium pressure bearing tank communicated with the main fire-fighting pipe; at least one fire sprinkler valve which is communicated with the main fire-fighting pipe and includes a memory alloy part adapted for controlling opening and closing a valve body; and at least open nozzle which is communicated with the fire sprinkler valve, such that when the fire sprinkler valve is opened, the fire-extinguishing medium is sprayed, and when the fire sprinkler valve is closed, the fire-extinguishing medium is stopped spraying. An amount of the fire-extinguishing medium pressure bearing tanks is different from that of the open nozzles; a user is able to select an appropriate amount of fire-extinguishing medium pressure bearing tanks as required to reduce the manufacturing, assembly and maintenance cost of the entire system.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/29/18 / #20180088580

Autonomous vehicle operation

A method for an autonomous vehicle to follow a target is provided. The method may include obtaining a position and a velocity of a target and obtaining a position of an autonomous vehicle. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/29/18 / #20180086472

Aircraft battery systems and aircraft including same

Battery modules for unmanned and human piloted electric aircraft comprise two planar substrates with electrochemical cells secured between to form load-bearing structural components from which aircraft with greater endurance can be constructed. The cells can be oriented perpendicular or parallel to the substrates, and in the latter case the substrates can include slots that the cells fit into. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180082209

Systems and methods for multi-objective optimizations with objective space mapping

Systems and methods are provided for operating to an initial optimized baseline solution to a multi-objective problem. As the initial optimized baseline solution is determined, some regions, such as local or global maxima, minima, and/or saddle points in the objective space may be mapped. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180082198

Systems and methods for multi-objective optimizations with decision variable perturbations

Systems and methods are provided for providing an optimized solution to a multi-objective problem. Potential solutions may be generated from parent solutions to be evaluated according to multiple objectives of the multi-objective problem. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180080751

Phased array lidar in ordnance control

Apparatus and associated methods relate to controlling an explosive burst event of a ballistic ordnance, based on a ground surface topography mapped by a phased-array lidar system. The ground surface topography is mapped using an integrated photonics lidar system configured to: generate a beam of coherent light; non-mechanically steer a beam of coherent light over a solid angle about an ordnance axis; and detect the beam reflected from the ground surface. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180080740

Seeker/designator handoff system for use in dual-mode guided missiles

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a dual-mode seeker for a guided missile equipped with seeker/designation handoff capabilities. The dual-mode seeker has semi-active laser (sal) and image infrared (iir) modes of operation. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180080719

System and method for cooling a body

A system and method for cooling an external surface of a heat conductive body heated by a heat source is provided. The system includes a tank containing an evaporation liquid, a conduit suppling the evaporation liquid to the external surface of the body, a controllable supply valve for regulating a flow rate of egress of the evaporation liquid from the tank, and a control unit for controlling operation of the supply valve. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180079525

Electrical isolation of angle of attack vane bearings

The bearings of aircraft angle of attack (aoa) vanes are susceptible to lightning strike damage, which causes fluting on the inner and outer races of the bearings and causes the bearings to generate friction, noise, and vibrations. To prevent the bearings from experiencing damage due to lightning strikes, the bearings, the shaft, and/or the mounting plate are configured to create an electric isolator to prevent the electric current from the lightning strike from passing through the bearings, thereby preventing the bearings from incurring lightning strike damage.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180079489

Airfoil for an aircraft having reduced noise generation

An airfoil is provided having reduced noise generation for use with an aircraft. The airfoil includes a body and a cover. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180078085

Heating device

The present invention relates to a water heating system (part number lacubucci hf aerospace as0012480) for beverage dispensing machines. The heater has a double system: a pre-chamber, preferably of the spirally wound type, for pre-heating the water along a predefined path, and a chamber which is always full of water heated with resistors making direct contact with the water (or in some cases with a protection jacket) for maximizing the efficiency.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/15/18 / #20180073113

Case-hardenable stainless steel alloy

A steel alloy for a bearing, the alloy having a composition having from 0.04 to 0.1 wt. % carbon, from 10.5 to 13 wt. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/15/18 / #20180072434

Spacecraft device initiation system

One aspect of the present invention involves a networked initiation system having one or more non-energetic hold-down and release mechanisms (“hdrms”), a control unit and an interface bus connected between all of the hdrms and the control unit. Other aspects of the present invention involve networked initiation systems having one or more of each of non-energetic hdrms, energetic hdrms and other (generic) energetic devices. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180064282

Beverage dispensing machine

A beverage dispensing machine designed for aircraft use has compact dimensions, is low-weight and satisfies the safety requirements and standards applicable in that sector. The beverage dispensing machine can dispense both large quantities of a beverage, such as 1.6 liters of american coffee or tea, inside a jug positioned inside an appropriate seat, and smaller quantities of hot water (typically 150 ml), which can be used to prepare beverages, via a nozzle situated on the outside thereof. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180063917

Flexible led lighting element

A flexible led lighting module includes a flexible housing and flexible pcb to which led units are mounted. An encapsulant fills a channel of the flexible housing and has a same or similar optical refractive index value as is used in the led unit to hold phosphorous particles used for coloring of the led. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180063314

Systems and methods for use in communicating data

A system comprises a transmitter configured to receive at least one message that corresponds to at least one set of data received from at least one user. The transmitter includes a modulating device that is configured to generate at least one signal that corresponds to the received message, wherein the signal includes at least one sequence of a plurality of hopping patterns. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180061250

Controllers and aircraft with pitch and flight path based flight director modes

Avionics systems, controllers, and aircraft are provided. An avionics system includes a display unit and a controller, and an aircraft includes the avionics system. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057138

Aircraft with cabin acoustic systems having quarter wavelength absorbers

An aircraft includes a fuselage, a cabin surface, and a first chamber. The cabin surface is disposed within the fuselage and defines a first aperture and at least part of a cabin air mass having a first acoustic mode. ... The Aerospace Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180056327

Fabrication assembly and methods for fabricating composite mirror objects

A fabrication assembly comprises an apparatus that receives a composite substrate and a glass substrate having a surface with a release coating layer. A resin layer is deposited between the composite and glass substrates such that a first portion of the resin layer is positioned adjacent to a surface of the composite substrate and a second portion of the resin layer is positioned adjacent to the surface with the release coating layer to prevent aperture(s) from forming. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180053595

Electromagnetic coils and methods of making same

An electromagnetic coil that can withstand high temperatures and operate efficiently and methods of making the same are provided. In preferred embodiments the electromagnetic coil comprises: a bobbin made entirely of ceramic; a coiled conductor wrapped around the bobbin; a potting resin applied to the coiled conductor during winding wherein, the resin is a siloxane polymer mixed with a metal oxide or a cyanate ester; and an overwind made of glass fiber yarn.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180052237

Measuring cloud metrics using diverging quasi-optical radar

Apparatus and associated methods relate to determining, based on a detected portion of a projected pulse of quasi-optical energy backscattered by water particles within a divergent projection volume of a cloud atmosphere, properties of the backscattering water particles. The pulse of quasi-optical energy is projected into the divergent projection volume of the cloud atmosphere. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180052006

Air data aided inertial measurement unit

An inertial measurement unit (imu) includes an inertial sensor assembly including a plurality of accelerometers and a plurality of rate gyroscopes, an inertial sensor compensation and correction module, and a kalman estimator module. The inertial sensor compensation and correction module is configured to apply a set of error compensation values to sensed acceleration and rotational rate to produce a compensated acceleration and a compensated rotational rate of the imu. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180051867

Clamp for holding a flexible lighting unit

A clamp for holding a twisted lighting unit includes a body member having a slot extending from its top wall to its base. The slot extends from an end wall to a side wall to create a passage for receiving a twisted portion of a lighting unit. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180051655

Cooling mechanism of combustion chamber, rocket engine having cooling mechanism, and method of manufacturing cooling mechanism

A cooling mechanism includes a bottom wall (22) in contact with a combustion chamber, an upper wall (30), and a cooling passage (40) arranged between the bottom wall (22) and the upper wall (30). The cooling passage (40) includes a first passage (50) extending to a first direction, a second passage (60) extending to the first direction, and a connection section (70) connected with the first passage (50) and the second passage (60). ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180050958

Transparent hydrophobic mixed oxide coatings and methods

A hydrophobic coating and a method for applying such a coating to a surface of a substrate. The method includes applying a coating composition to the surface and heating the coated surface at a cure temperature from about 450° c. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180050957

Transparent hydrophobic mixed oxide coatings and methods

A hydrophobic coating and a method for applying such a coating to a surface of a substrate. The method includes applying a coating composition to the surface and heating the coated surface at a cure temperature from about 300° c. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180046178

Control interface for uxv

The presently disclosed subject matter includes a system and a graphical user interface configured to enable an ux v operator (e.g. An apcs operator) to direct the ux v to view a selected object from a desired viewing angle, notwithstanding the fact that the desired viewing angle of the object is not exposed in a displayed image.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180045472

Heat exchanger device

A multilayer heat exchanger device comprises: a stack of double sided plates arranged to provide multiple fluid flow paths separated by the plates; wherein the double sided plates each have an array of heat exchanger fins extending outward from both sides of a body of the plate into the fluid flow paths on either side of the plate; and wherein outer ends of the fins of the double sided plates are bonded on each side of the plates to the fins, or between the fins, of the adjacent plates. The double sided plates may be manufactured by etching.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180045469

Heat exchanger device

A multilayer heat exchanger device a frame constructed of multiple laminate layers that are bonded together. The device has a first fluid inlet manifold and a first fluid outlet manifold for connection to a supply and a return for the first fluid, the first fluid inlet manifold and the first fluid outlet manifold extending through the laminate layers of the frame; a second fluid inlet manifold and a second fluid outlet manifold for connection to a supply and a return for the second fluid, the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold extending through the laminate layers of the frame.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180044035

Rocket landing system

A generally vertical rocket (2) flies generally horizontally into recovery line, cable or chain (3) suspended between towers (5, 7) of a catamaran landing ship (9). High speed winches (11, 13), preferably located near or at the tops of the towers (5, 7) can rapidly reel in or out the recovery line (3) to effectively raise or lower the recovery line (3). ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180043983

Method and device for fireproofing a part in composite material

A device for fireproofing a section of a structural part made of composite material. The device includes a skin having an outer surface configured to face the flame and an inner surface. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180043639

Composite reinforcement structures and aircraft assemblies comprising composite reinforcement structures

A composite reinforcement structure including a first skin having a first end and a second end and a second skin having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first skin and the first end of the second skin are coupled. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180043473

Systems and methods for modifying acoustic waves based on selective heating

An acoustic wave is modified by initiating excitation of an acoustic wave from a first location on a substrate to a second location on the substrate and selectively heating the second location of the substrate so as to alter a property of the second location. With such arrangements, the altered property of the second location modifies the acoustic wave to result in a modified acoustic wave that is propagated from the second location to a third location on the substrate. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/08/18 / #20180040140

Remote detecting and tracking of objects

The presently disclosed subject matter includes a method and system configured for enabling using a high resolution imaging assembly for surveying large areas as well as for tracking objects within the surveyed area, notwithstanding the bandwidth limitation of the communication link.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/08/18 / #20180038088

Integrated sink and disposal unit

Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for disposal of liquid and food into a sink basin. The disclosed system cooperates with and delivers the received waste material to the main waste system on-board the vehicle. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/08/18 / #20180037313

Controlling elevator to stabilizer offload in fly-by-wire aircraft systems

A control unit for controlling movement of a stabilizer and an elevator on an aircraft, the control unit comprising a processor which is configured to receive a pitch reference command from a flight control input device of the aircraft, determine, based on the pitch reference command, an elevator command configured to command the elevator in the aircraft nose-up or nose-down direction, determine a difference between the elevator command and a desired elevator value corresponding to the pitch reference command, determine a threshold value as a desired maximum elevator deflection at a given pitch reference command, compare the difference with the threshold value and in response thereto generate a command signal configured to retain a current position of the stabilizer when the difference is smaller than or equal to the threshold value, and to command the elevator in the aircraft nose-up or nose-down direction based on the pitch reference command.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180034793

High assurance configuration security processor (hacsp) for computing devices

A high assurance configuration security processor (hacsp) for a computing device may perform real-time integrity measurements of an actual bitstream run-time performance against what is expected. The hacsp may be self-contained and have a relatively small footprint. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180033346

Dual mode aircraft indicator sign

A device for forming a dynamic image on an aircraft sign includes a plurality of light sources, an input power line, a first timer and a second timer both connected to an enable input and a plurality of delay circuits each connected to a different one of the light sources. The system also includes a counter having a plurality of counter outputs, the counter receiving a counting pulse from the first timer in a dynamic mode of operation and disable signal from the second timer after expiration of a preset time, the expiration of the preset time causing the device to transfer from the dynamic mode to a static mode where each of the plurality of light sources are simultaneously illuminated.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180031356

Projectile, and warhead assembly and deployment system therfor

A warhead assembly is provided for a projectile includes a forward module having a precursor warhead, and an aft module including a main warhead. The warhead assembly includes a deployment system for selectively deploying the warhead assembly from a retracted configuration to a deployed configuration, at predetermined conditions, to thereby provide a longitudinal displacement between the forward module and the aft module. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029714

Seat track assemblies for vibration isolation of floor mounted components

Aircraft, vibration isolation assemblies, and methods of assembling vibration isolation assemblies are provided. An aircraft includes a vibration isolation assembly. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029708

Water management system

Embodiments of the present invention provide a water management system for use on board a passenger transport vehicle. The water management system may be used to address and manage excess humidity, water leaks, or any other instance when water or other liquid may collect at a certain location. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029707

Cargo handling system, method and apparatus

Cargo handling systems and methods for a freight deck of an aircraft are provided, as well as mobile transport apparatus. In at least one example, the system includes a support structure, at least one mobile transport apparatus, and a plurality of locking devices. ... The Aerospace Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029696

Active winglet

An active winglet includes a body portion substantially parallel to a wing of an aircraft, as if it were an extension of the wing. The body portion is attachable to an aircraft wing and includes a controllable airflow modification device coupled thereto. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180025719

Low-power-consumption active noise-reduction in-ear music earphone and method for noise reduction

An earphone and a method for noise reduction in the earphone are disclosed in the present invention. The earphone includes: an audio circuit configured for outputting an audio signal; a noise cancellation circuit configured for detecting an ambient noise signal, determining phase of the ambient noise signal and reversing such phase to generate an anti-noise signal having same level and opposite phase as that of the ambient noise signal; a combiner unit configured for combining the audio signal with the anti-noise signal to generate a combined signal; a speaker electrically connected to the combiner unit and configured for receiving and outputting the combined signal; wherein, the combiner unit includes a first diode and a second diode electrically connected to the speaker in parallel; the audio circuit is electrically connected to the first diode; and, the noise cancellation circuit is electrically connected to the second diode.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180024270

Multi-fiber optical sensor for icing

Apparatus and associated methods relate to sampling a large volume of a cloud atmosphere so as to obtain a large signal response from even a sparse distribution of water droplets in the cloud atmosphere. Such a volume can be probed by projecting an uncollimated optical beam into the cloud atmosphere and sampling the signal backscattered from the water droplets located within the probed volume. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180024098

Method and system for joint inspection

A method of inspecting a joint of a heat exchanger comprises: scanning the heat exchanger 10 with an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (emat) sensor 110 by scanning the emat sensor 110 over an area of the heat exchanger 10 in a scanning pattern; collecting data from the emat sensor 110; analysing the data; and determining a status of the joint based on the analysed data.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180024036

Method of estimating cloud particle sizes using lidar ratio

Apparatus and associated methods relate to determining sizes of water particles in a cloud atmosphere based on a detected portion of signals generated from a single monochromatic source and backscattered by water particles in a cloud atmosphere. A backscatter coefficient and an optical extinction coefficient are calculated, based on the detected portion of signals generated from the monochromatic source and backscattered by water particles in the cloud atmosphere. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180022477

Support equipment for collecting reusable rocket

Disclosed is support equipment for collecting a reusable rocket, the support equipment including a plurality of supports located on a landing platform and spaced apart from one another, a contact support pad having a contacting face to contact a reusable rocket when the reusable rocket is landing, and connected to each of the supports to secure the reusable rocket, and a distance sensor configured to sense a position of the reusable rocket or the contact support pad, wherein each of the supports is configured to move the contact support pad based on information on a distance measured by the distance sensor, and the contact support pad is configured to secure the reusable rocket when the reusable rocket has landed, in order to prevent a damage of the reusable rocket.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180017591

Air data probe with turbulence-producing geometry

An air data probe includes a probe body and an air data sensing port disposed in the probe body. The probe body includes a barrel region, a tapered head region extending forward from the barrel region, and a tip at a forward-most end of the tapered head region. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180017206

Connector assembly fitting with anti-puncturing feature

A connector assembly includes a fitting having first and second mounting portions having integrally connected inner ends and opposing outer ends. The first mounting portion is connectable to the first member and the second mounting portion is inclined with respect to the first portion and connectable to the second member. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016093

Cargo container closure systems

Embodiments of the invention described herein thus provide systems and methods for improved securement of a cargo cover/flexible door to a cargo container. The systems generally provide securement using an integrated hook shape that is formed into the frame extrusions of the cargo container. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016018

System, methods, and apparatus for air flow handling in an aircraft monument

In an illustrative embodiment, an aircraft galley ducting assembly provides airflow to at least one compartment of an aircraft galley monument. The ducting assembly may include a supply air duct that provides a supply airflow path to a compartment that includes an inlet port mounted to a compartment surface. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016014

Modular aircraft galley systems, apparatus and methods for configuration

In a preferred embodiment, a modular galley monument for an aircraft cabin includes a first side panel, a second side panel, and an upper surface connecting the first side panel and the second side panel. The modular galley monument may include dividers partitioning the monument into a number of compartments. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016013

Aircraft service trolley and galley enclosure therefor

In an illustrative embodiment, a retaining assembly secures an equipment item within an aircraft galley compartment. The retaining assembly may include a turn button assembly including a turn button connected to a front edge of the galley compartment to secure the equipment item within the galley compartment. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016012

System, methods, and apparatus for air flow handling in an aircraft monument

In an illustrative embodiment, an aircraft galley ducting assembly provides airflow to at least one compartment of an aircraft galley monument. The ducting assembly may include a supply air duct that provides a supply airflow path to a compartment that includes an inlet port mounted to a compartment surface. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016011

Intermediate stowage retainer for aircraft monument storage bay

In an illustrative embodiment, an intermediate retaining assembly secures a rearmost equipment item of at least two horizontally-stacked equipment items within an aircraft galley compartment. The intermediate retaining assembly may include a manual control coupled to a first end of a rod where rotation of the manual control causes rotation of the rod. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016009

Upper mounting apparatus for retaining aircraft monuments

In an illustrative embodiment, an upper monument attachment system is provided for retaining aircraft monuments, the system including a first support, a second support, and a joiner connecting a first end of the first support and a first end of the second support, a stay having a first end pivotably connected to the joiner, a tie rod configured to connect the joiner to an attachment point of the aircraft, a first rail having a first base configured to connect to an upper surface of the monument and a first facing configured to connect to the first support and the second support, and a second rail having a second base configured to connect to the upper surface of the monument and a second facing configured to connect to a second end of the stay.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180016008

Aircraft monument floor mounting system

In an illustrative embodiment, a system for mounting an aircraft monument partition to an aircraft cabin surface such as a floor may include a mounting structure fitted within and attached to a floor-abutting edge of the monument partition, the mounting structure including a mounting opening. A securement apparatus for securing the monument partition to cabin surface via the mounting structure may include a threaded fastener for extending through the mounting opening of the mounting structure and through a corresponding opening in a track mounted to the cabin surface, and a bridging washer for mating with the mounting opening; where, to secure the monument partition to the floor of the cabin area, the threaded fastener is provided through the mounting opening of the mounting structure and threaded to a mating fixture on a bottom side of the track.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180012499

System and method for predicting aircraft taxi time

A system and method predicts a taxi time for an aircraft. The method includes receiving historical flight information including a set of historical airspace conditions at a target airport. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180011182

Separating weak and strong moving targets using the fractional fourier transform

The fractional fourier transform (frft) may be used to extract multiple radar targets in clutter where some targets may be relatively weak. To do this, stronger targets may be removed by rotating to the proper axis ta using rotational parameter a, in which the target signal becomes a strong tone. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180009521

Lintel structure for aircraft fuselage and fuselage comprising such a lintel

An aircraft fuselage includes a structure, considered in respect of all or part of the fuselage, with fuselage upper sub-structure constituting an upper part of the fuselage and a fuselage bottom sub-structure constituting a lower part of the fuselage. Openings in the structure of the fuselage are intended for the installation of windows or doors for exiting the fuselage. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/04/18 / #20180005530

System and method of extracting ground route of aircraft, and computer-readable recording medium thereof

A system for extracting a ground route of an aircraft includes an airport surface detector acquiring ground movement information of an aircraft detected in an airport, a mapper acquiring node information of the airport from a database and mapping the ground movement information with the node information, a route detector detecting taxi route information of the aircraft by collecting adjacent node information of a mapped coordinate and erasing redundant node information among collected adjacent node information, a node identifier identifying start node information or end node information of a taxi route by using stand node information of the aircraft, and a final route extractor extracting a final taxi route including an extracted shortest route by dividing the taxi route into a plurality of sub-routes and applying a shortest route algorithm to the divided sub-routes.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/04/18 / #20180002022

Seat suspension installation method and passenger seat

Various embodiments provide a method for installing a seat suspension on a seat frame having a first side frame member and a second side frame member opposed to and spaced apart from each other. The method may include moving a retainer on a first side of the seat suspension in a direction substantially perpendicular to a plane defined by the first and second side frame members for fastening onto a support member on the first side frame member; and moving a retainer on a second side of the seat suspension in the direction substantially perpendicular to the plane defined by the first and second side frame members for fastening onto a support member on the second side frame member. ... The Aerospace Corporation

01/04/18 / #20180002004

System, a method and a computer program product for maneuvering of an air vehicle with tiltable propulsion unit

A control system configured to control a deceleration process of an air vehicle which comprises at least one tiltable propulsion unit, each of the at least one tiltable propulsion units is tiltable to provide a thrust whose direction is variable at least between a general vertical thrust vector direction and a general longitudinal thrust vector direction with respect to the air vehicle.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170373330

Method and apparatus for inertizing an oxygen-containing gas

The invention relates to a method for inertizing an oxygen-containing first gas present in a protective housing (4) surrounding a fuel cell (1), wherein a prescribed amount of a hydrogen-containing second gas is introduced into the protective housing (4) and at least part of the oxygen present in the first gas is reduced by cold combustion.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170370993

Controllable load systems and methods

An example system includes drive circuitry having outputs configured to provide drive current based on control parameters and having inputs configured to receive an output voltage of an electrical device. Simulation circuitry is configured to provide simulation signals based on the drive current and the output voltage. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170370960

Air data sensing probe with icing condition detector

A system includes a device having a first surface configured to be exposed to airflow about an exterior of an aircraft, the device including a first self-compensating heater configured to heat the first surface, a first current monitor configured to sense a first measurement value representing electrical current flow through the first self-compensating heater, one or more processors, and computer-readable memory encoded with instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to receive aircraft flight condition data and produce an icing condition signal based upon the first measurement value and the aircraft flight condition data.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170370677

Target-designation detection used to shutter camera images for locating target

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a seeker for a semi-active laser (sal) guided missile. The seeker has a short-wave infrared (swir) camera and a pulse timing logic (ptl) detector. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170370497

Valve assembly having a manual override unit

A valve assembly includes a housing, an actuator, a plunger, a cover, a valve body, and a manual override unit. The actuator is received within the housing and is disposed between a first annular wall and a second annular wall. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170370154

Direct laser ice penetration system

An optically powered system for rapid, focused heating and melting of water ice. The optical wavelength is chosen to fall in a range where transmissivity through liquid water is higher than through ice. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170369177

Automated super-cooled water-droplet size differentiation using aircraft accretion patterns

Apparatus and associated methods relate to determining, based on a spatial extent of ice accretion, whether an atmosphere contains super-cooled water droplets that equal and/or exceed a predetermined size. A convex-shaped housing is mounted to an aircraft and exposed to an airstream. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170369176

Automated super-cooled water-droplet size differentiation using aircraft accretion patterns

Apparatus and associated methods relate to determining, based on a spatial extent of ice accretion, a maximum size of super-cooled droplets contained in an atmosphere and/or if an atmosphere contains super-cooled water droplets that equal and/or exceed a predetermined size. A testing region on an exterior surface of an aircraft is monitored for ice accretion by an ice detector. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170366008

Solar and/or wind inverter

A solar and/or wind inverter that uses an ultracapacitor for grid stabilization. The ultracapacitor may be directly tied to, and placed between, a power source and an inverter. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170365374

Coated wire

A coated wire suitable for aerospace applications includes a metallic conductor elongated along an axis and having an outer surface extending along the axis, and three coating layers surrounding the conductor. A first coating layer is connected to the outer surface of the conductor and extends along the axis to surround the conductor, and the first coating layer is formed of ethene-tetrafluoroethene. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170364812

Progressive objective addition in multi-objective heuristic systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for performing multi-objective optimizations with a relatively large number of objectives to which optimization is to be performed. The objectives of the optimization problem may be partitioned to two or more subsets (e.g., overlapping or non-overlapping subsets) of objectives, and partial optimization(s) may be performed using a subset or combination of subsets of the objectives. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170363377

Cleaning of a 3d printed article

The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for cleaning a 3d printed article, in particular a 3d printed heat exchanger. After 3d printing, an article may have internal passages formed from bonded powder and said passages may contain unbonded powder that needs to be removed before further use of/processing of the article. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170363064

Blade for wind power generator

Provided is a blade for a wind power generator including: a main spar; a front rib and a rear rib respectively located in the front side and the rear side of the main spar; and a skin, installed on the main spar, the front rib and the rear rib, constituting the outer skin of the blade. The skin is coupled by a zipper formed in the skin. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170363060

Blade for wind power generator

Provided is a blade for a wind power generator comprising: a main spar including: an upper main spar flange and a lower main spar flange whose both ends are protruded towards the front and rear side respectively; a front main spar web and a rear main spar web which are connecting the upper main spar flange and the lower main spar flange; a first body, located in the front side of the main spar, including an inverted d-type rib; and a second body, located in the rear side of the main spar, including a curved rib. The inverted d-type rib includes: a vertical frame; and a block frame extendedly formed from the upper side and the lower side of the vertical frame respectively and convexly formed towards the front side.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170363044

Small satellite propulsion system utilizing liquid propellant ullage vapor

A novel approach provides a small satellite propulsion system that uses vapor to generate thrust for the small satellite. The vapor naturally sits on top of liquid propellant(s), which are stored within a propellant tank. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170361949

Method of controlling satellite

A method of controlling a satellite and a computer-readable recording medium are provided. The method is for controlling a satellite moving along an orbit having an inclination angle from the equatorial plane to capture due-north images. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/14/17 / #20170359574

Method for compressing data and organic light emitting diode display device using the same

A method of compressing data comprising separating a bit stream of compensation data into a sub-bit stream including an impulse component and a sub-bit stream not including the impulse component, predicting and calculating a trend component of compensation data to be compressed using compressed compensation data, generating a noise component by eliminating the trend component from the compensation data, and separating and compressing an impulse component and a noise component of the compensation data from each other, wherein the impulse component is compressed without quantization and the noise component is quantized and compressed.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/14/17 / #20170356998

Airborne ice detector using quasi-optical radar

An aircraft ice detection system is configured to determine a condition of a cloud and includes a radar system, a lidar system, optics and a dichroic filter. The radar system is configured to project quasi-optical radiation to the cloud and receive reflected quasi-optical radiation from the cloud. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/14/17 / #20170356997

Airborne ice detector using quasi-optical radar

An aircraft ice detection system is configured to determine a condition of a cloud and includes a radar transmitter, a radar receiver, optics and a splitter. The radar transmitter is configured to produce quasi-optical radiation. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/14/17 / #20170355449

Electrical architecture for slat/flap control using smart sensors and effectors

A centralized control system and/or method for controlling an aircraft are provided. The centralized control system includes a controller configured to receive a device signal and transmit a control signal, a communication bus connected to the controller being configured to transport the device signal and the control signal, a plurality of devices connected to the controller using the communication bus, wherein at least one of the plurality of devices includes at least one of a sensor being configured to collect the device signal and an effector configured to respond to the control signal, and a bus communication circuit configured to communicate over the communication bus to the controller.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170352977

Backshell installation guide

An installation guide for a backshell installation guide is disclosed herein. The installation guide includes a first feature formed therein to receive at least a portion of the backshell to retain the backshell in the installation guide. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350621

Secondary solar concentrator

An external concentrator is provided for use with heat collection elements (hce's of a solar parabolic trough power plant. In one arrangement, the concentrator includes a plurality of ribs that are adapted to extend radially outward from the outside surface of an hce and along the linear length of the hce to help redirect stray/spilled light into the absorber tube of the hce. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350517

Valve assembly and method of operating same

A valve assembly has a port selection assembly with an inlet fluid path and a plurality of outlet fluid paths and a servo-driven barrel. The barrel includes a slot that is aligned with the inlet fluid path. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350436

Clip nut and method of assembling a clip nut and nut combination

A clip nut 100 has first and second opposed arms 202, 204 extending longitudinally and the second arm 204 includes first and second walls 222, 224 extending transversely of the clip nut, and the first wall 222 includes a first plurality of cavities 234, 236 and the second wall 224 includes a second plurality of cavities 248, 250. A nut 102 includes legs 112, 114 extending into respective cavities. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350317

Arrangement comprising a turbomachine, and associated operating method

The invention relates to an arrangement (1, 15), comprising a turbomachine (2, 16) with a compressor (3) having an outlet (7), and with a bleed air line (9), through which a leakage flow can flow and which is connected via a controllable valve (8) to the outlet (7) of the compressor (3), for supplying the leakage flow to a unit, characterized in that the unit is designed as a fan (17), jet pump (10) or pump which can be driven by the leakage flow. The invention also relates to a method for operating the arrangement (1, 15).. ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170349286

Light program for interior lighting in an aircraft

In a method for producing a light program (22) for controlling lighting in an interior (80) of an aircraft (82) during a flight, a sequence list (2a, b) of phases of the day (4a-l) for a full day is set, wherein a time of day (6), a phase duration (8) and lighting data (la-l) for the lighting are assigned to each phase of the day (4a-l), the appropriate phase of the day (4a-l) is selected from the sequence list (2a, b) as first program section (14a) of a flight program (10) on the basis of the local time (12a) at which the flight starts and the proportional associated phase duration (8) is assigned to the first program section as section duration (16a), the appropriate phase of the day (4a-l) is selected from the sequence list (2a, b) as last program section (14b-e) of the flight program on the basis of the local time (12b) at which the flight lands and the proportional associated phase duration (8) is assigned to the last program section (14b-e) as section duration (16b-e), the flight program (10) between first program section (14a) and last program section (14b-e) is filled with the phases of the day (4a-l), lying therebetween as per the sequence list (2a, b), as program sections (14b-d) and the associated phase durations (8) are assigned to the program sections (14b-d) as section durations (16b-d), at least one of the section durations (16a-e) is scaled on the basis of a scaling prescription in such a way that the overall duration of the flight program (10) corresponds to the flight duration (tf), the flight program (10) runs in time during the flight on the basis of the elapsed flight time (t), wherein the lighting data (la-l) of the respective current program section (14a-e) are output as light program (22) at each instant of the flight time (t).. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170349285

Lighting arrangement for an interior of a vehicle

In a lighting arrangement (2) for an interior (4) of a vehicle, having a beam area (6) for emitting light (8) into an environment (10) of the lighting arrangement (2), having at least one first luminaire (12a, b) having a first luminous area (14a, b) for emitting the light (8), the first luminous area (14a, b) being part of the beam area (6), having at least one projector (16) with a beam opening (18) for emitting the light (8), the beam opening (18) being part of the beam area (6), at least one of the first luminaires (12a, b) has at least one passage region (34) for at least one part of one of the beam openings (18) of one of the projectors (16) on its first luminous area (14a, b), and/or, in at least one of the projectors (16), a surface region (20) of the projector (16) which is adjacent to the beam opening (18) is in the form of a second luminaire (21) having a second luminous area (22) for emitting light (8), the second luminous area (22) being part of the beam area (6).. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170348922

Method for preparing the laying up and forming of a composite preform

A method for making a first ply for laying up a fibrous preform on a tool. An attachment zone is made on the laying up surface of the tool. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/30/17 / #the present disclosure relates a method for compressing data and a display device using the same, which firstly generates a quantization grid to which a quantization step value is assigned at positions thereon corresponding to positions of the plurality of pixels, assigns the quantization step value using a preset quantization parameter and a quantization function determined according to a dimension of an array, and quantizes data, which is assigned to a pixel located at a position corresponding to a position of the quantization step value, using the quantization step value when the quantization step value is assigned.
11/30/17 / #20170346564

System and method for high speed satellite-based free-space laser communications using automatic gain control

A high speed satellite-based laser communications system and method for communications between a satellite-based transmitter system and a ground-based receiver over a free space optical link. The satellite-based transmitter system includes an encoder to encode data, a polarization modulator to linearly polarize the encoded data, one or at least two transmitters to transmit the laser beam, and a quarter-wave optical wave plate to circularly polarize the signal to be transmitted. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170343576

Corrosion-resistant heated air data probe methods

A method of making an air data probe may comprise forming a probe body, forming an interior cavity into the probe body, applying a protective shell to the probe body by an additive manufacturing technique, inserting a heating element into the interior cavity, machining a final profile of the air data probe, and forming a sensing port comprising a port passage defined through the probe body and lined by a portion of the protective shell. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170343325

Method for performing exo-atmospheric missile's interception trial

An inflatable dummy target comprising a chassis of inflatable ducts wrapped with a sheet.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170338889

Optically powered transducer module

A sensor assembly comprises a remote data concentrator (rdc) and an optically powered transducer module (optm). The rdc transmits a first optical pulse including a parameter request signal along an optical fiber. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170338571

Communications antenna with dual polarization

Antenna systems and methods providing dual polarization are provided. The system includes one or more antenna elements, with each antenna element having feed points on adjacent sides. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170336874

Method and apparatus for processing hand gesture command for media-centric wearable electronic device

Disclosed are a method and apparatus for processing a hand gesture command for a media-centric wearable electronic device in an internet of media things and wearables (iomtw) system. The processing method according to an embodiment includes acquiring a hand image of a user, distinguishing a background area and a hand area in the acquired hand image, detecting a hand shape using the distinguished hand area and generating hand contour information describing the detected hand shape, detecting a hand movement path based on a change of the distinguished hand area over time and generating hand trajectory information describing the detected hand movement path, and recognizing a hand gesture of the user using the hand contour information and the hand trajectory information.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170336156

Method and system for thermographic analysis

A method for thermographic analysis of a heat exchanger comprises: applying vibrations to the heat exchanger as a part of a vibration testing process; capturing a thermographic image of at least a portion of the heat exchanger whilst the heat exchanger is undergoing vibrations; analysing the thermographic image; and determining a status of the heat exchanger based on the analysis of the image.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334713

Optimized epoxy die attach geometry for mems die

A differential pressure sensor may include a body with a first end, second end and wall wherein the first and second ends comprise isolator diaphragms connected to first and second process fluid inlets. A mems pressure sensor including a pressure sensing diaphragm with first and second sides may be mounted on a hollow pedestal adhesively attached to an annular bottom of a cylindrical cavity wherein the first side of the sensor is coupled to the first isolator diaphragm by a first fill fluid and the second side of the sensor is coupled to the second isolator diaphragm through the interior of the hollow pedestal by a second fill fluid volume wherein the first and second fill fluid volumes are separated by an adhesive seal between the bottom of the cylindrical cavity and the bottom of the hollow pedestal wherein the cylindrical cavity comprises a first cylindrical wall with a first diameter in contact with the annular bottom, a frustroconical portion in contact with the first cylindrical wall and in contact with a second cylindrical wall with a second diameter larger than the first diameter such that the increased distance between the pedestal and the cylindrical wall prevents adhesive moving up the space between the pedestal and cavity wall from the bottom of the cavity when the pressure sensor and hollow pedestal are mounted in the cavity. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334578

Method and system for aligning a taxi-assist camera

Apparatus and associated methods relate to aligning a taxi-assist camera such that each image frame of real-time video that the camera generates has a standard presentation format. The taxi-assist camera is configured to be mounted on an aircraft and oriented such that each image frame includes both a specific feature of the aircraft and of nearby objects external to the aircraft. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334025

Crack stopper for welds

A method for joining two structural elements by welding, in particular by butt welding comprises forming a weld line joining the two structural elements; and adding material across the weld line, thereby forming one or more crack stoppers for limiting crack propagation along the weld line. The one or more crack stoppers each have a limited extension along the weld line as seen in relation to a length of the weld line. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170331216

Backshell guard for an avionics unit

A guard for a backshell of an aircraft avionics unit is disclosed herein. The guard includes a guard body having a first feature formed therein to slidably receive a first portion of the backshell, a second feature formed therein to slidably receive a second portion of the backshell and a third feature formed therein to protectively cover a mating connector area when the backshell has been slid into the guard body.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170330465

Method for coupling flight plan and flight path using ads-b information

The present invention relates to a method for coupling a flight plan and a flight path using ads-b information, and more specifically to a method for coupling a flight plan and a flight path, wherein a flight data processing unit of an air traffic control system or an arrival management system separately and directly receives ads-b information such that the received ads-b information can be used for coupling a flight plan and a flight path of an aircraft.. . ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170329047

Balloon-launching apparatus

Provided is a balloon-launching apparatus capable of reducing an increase in the size of the apparatus when a large number of housing sections for housing observation balloons are provided. A balloon-launching apparatus 1 includes a plurality of housing sections 41 each formed in a box shape having an opening 321 that opens in an upper part thereof and configured to house a balloon 21, the housing section 41 launching the balloon 21 from the opening 321. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328999

Method for removing noise tone in digital region of imaging radar receiver, imaging radar receiver therefor, and program recording medium

The present invention relates to a method for removing a noise tone in a digital region of an imaging radar receiver, an imaging radar receiver therefor, and a program recording medium. A method for removing a noise tone in a digital region of an imaging radar receiver using a d-ramping structure according to an embodiment of the present invention is characterized by comprising the steps of: (a) extracting a noise tone location of a d-ramped image signal; (b) selecting a noise tone to be removed from the extracted noise tones using step (a); and (c) removing the selected noise tone of step (b) from source data.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328692

Method and system for protecting folding wings on a missile while in their stowed state

A cover 10 and method for protecting a missile 15 with stowed wings 20 and connected to a vessel carrying it. The cover 10 includes a spoiler shaped front part 25 for covering a gap between the wings 20 of the missile 15 and the fuselage of the missile 15 for minimizing aerodynamic forces.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328548

Wearable light assembly and method for controlling same

A wearable light assembly includes an opaque housing that is open towards the ground and is configured to reflect light emitted from a first light source downward onto a first location that is close to the wearer and reflect light from a second light source downward onto a second location on the ground that is farther away from the wearer than the first location. In an embodiment, the wearable light assembly senses motion of the wearer and switches between the first light source and the second light source depending on whether the wearer is moving slowly (in which case it activates the first light source) or moving quickly (in which case it activates the second light source).. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328096

Adjustable bin latch assembly

An overhead compartment of an airplane includes a storage bin and a latch assembly. A latch mechanism of the latch assembly is selectively, controllably engageable and disengageable with a keeper to hold the overhead compartment in a stowed position, or an open position, respectively.. ... The Aerospace Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170327250

System for imparting linear momentum transfer for higher orbital insertion

A system for imparting linear momentum transfer may include a catching mechanism of a target space vehicle and a tether that is configured to impart a linear momentum transfer from the tether to the target space vehicle. The tether may be fixedly or detachably connected to a kinetic energy storage and transfer (kest) vehicle that maneuvers and potentially retrieves the tether. ... The Aerospace Corporation








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