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 new patent  Roto peening orbital drilling tool

A machining tool incorporates a shaft having a first end configured to fit into a machining collet. A cutting portion extends from a second end of the shaft. A residual stress inducer is located between the first and second ends and includes a torsion element joined to the shaft at... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Quick-change clamp arms for robot end effectors, systems including the same, and related methods

Presently disclosed systems and methods provide for a quick-change clamp arm that may be coupled to and removed from a robot end effector via a quick-change feature coupled to the robot end effector. Systems may include a plurality of such quick-change clamp arms that each may be coupled to a... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Multilayer riblet applique and methods of producing the same

Multilayer riblet applique and methods of producing the same are described herein. One disclosed example method includes applying a first high elongation polymer material to a web tool, where the web tool is to be provided from a first roll, and heating, via a first heating process, the first high... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Free-form spatial 3-d printing using part levitation

A part is fabricated by an additive manufacturing process while levitating in space. Constituent features of the part are formed by 3-D printing. A part levitation system allows the spatial orientation of the part to be manipulated relative to one or more print heads.... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Optimized pitch and roll control an aircraft

An apparatus for controlling the pitch of an aircraft. The apparatus includes a horizontal control column extending from a control wheel horizontally towards a front wall of a cockpit. A pitch output link is connected to a downstream pitch control mechanism to transfer a force applied at the pitch output... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Systems and methods for determining atmospheric conditions during a flight test

A test flight system includes a test aircraft, and an atmospheric conditions-detecting vehicle that is separate and distinct from the test aircraft. The atmospheric conditions-detecting vehicle is configured to be deployed during a test flight of the test aircraft to detect atmospheric conditions of an environment in which the test... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Laser projected engine hazard zone systems and methods

An aircraft engine hazard zone projection system is described that includes an engine having an engine inlet and an engine outlet, and engine housing, and a light-emitting system connected to the engine housing. The light-emitting system is configured to project light on a ground below the engine housing so as... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Oxide based ceramic matrix composites

A method of making a ceramic matrix composites (CMC) having superior properties at high temperatures. The CMC can include a sol gel mixture mixed or blended metal oxide particles. The sol-gel mixture can be an aqueous colloidal suspension of a metal oxide, preferably from about 10 wt % to about... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Dinadic phenyl amine reactive endcaps

Dinadic phenyl amine reactive endcap monomers for application in high-temperature polymeric composites are described. The amine group of the endcap is directly reacted with a desired chemical backbone to provide the preferred rigidity and chemical resistance. The ability of the amine group to react with a wide variety of chemical... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Captive bolt and retainer

A fastener system includes a bolt and a retainer. The bolt has a first end and an opposing second end, wherein a recess having a predetermined shape is defined in the first end of the bolt. The retainer includes a first end having a predetermined shape configured to be inserted... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Navigation aids for unmanned aerial systems in a gps-denied environment

Example navigation aids for increasing the accuracy of a navigation system are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein identifying, with an aircraft intent description language (AIDL) aid, an AIDL instruction as associated with a first dynamic activity level of a plurality of dynamic activity levels and determining, with the... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Machine system and associated optical endpoint control optimization

Provided is a machine system having optical endpoint control and associated method for maintaining having is provided constant optical contact. Specifically, the machine system comprises a machine capable of movement in at least one direction. The machine is configured such that, during a calibration phase, a steerable retroreflective system is... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Viewpoint navigation control for three-dimensional visualization using two-dimensional layouts

Systems and methods for supplying an open interface (e.g., web pages) for viewpoint navigation control of a three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of an object that is simple to create and fast and easy to use. This viewpoint navigation control application allows users to control the viewpoint in a 3-D environment by... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Active real-time characterization system

A system for providing active real-time characterization of an article under test is disclosed. An infrared light source, a first visible light source and a second visible light source each outputs and directs a beam of coherent light at a particular area on the article under test. A visible light... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Secure aircraft camera monitoring system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for capturing images of an area of interest proximate to an aircraft, and securely transmitting the images as data files over an encrypted communication network associated with the aircraft. In one example, a system includes an image capture device... The Boeing Company

 new patent  Interchangeable internal modular avionics platform assembly

Internal interchangeable modular avionics platform assemblies and methods for removably mounting and interchanging modular avionics platforms within an aircraft. In some embodiments, modular avionics platform assemblies may include a modular avionics platform configured to support various avionics equipment, suitable for removable mounting within a forward fuselage, and interchangeable with a... The Boeing Company

Laser wire processing device

A wire guide and a laser wire-processing device that includes a wire guide are provided. The laser wire-processing device includes a housing and an aperture in a side of the housing, wherein the aperture defines a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to the aperture. The laser wire-processing device also... The Boeing Company

Analysis of end effector operations by a robot

Systems and methods are provided for placing non-destructive marks onto a part via an end effector of a robot. One embodiment is a system comprising an end effector of a robot. The end effector includes an extendable punch that places targets onto a part, and supports that hold a strip... The Boeing Company

Apparatuses and methods for seal cap installation

One example of the present disclosure relates to a form for supporting a volume of a viscous substance encapsulating at least a portion of an object while the viscous substance solidifies to form a seal. The form comprises a non-metallic solidified material; a distal axial opening; a proximal axial opening;... The Boeing Company

Additive-manufacturing systems, apparatuses and methods

Additive-manufacturing systems, surface-processing apparatuses, and methods of forming products using an additive-manufacturing head are provided. In one aspect, an additive-manufacturing system includes an additive-manufacturing head and a surface-processing device coupled to the additive-manufacturing head. In another aspect, a surface-processing apparatus for an additive-manufacturing head includes a housing configured to be... The Boeing Company

Method for forming contoured composite laminates

A composite prepreg laminate such as a hat type-stringer is formed on a contoured mandrel using a combination of mechanical sweeping and vacuum forming.... The Boeing Company

Monument fixtures

A wall guard, monument, and vehicle are provided. The wall guard includes a retaining rail that is mountable to a wall surface of a monument in a vehicle. The retaining rail includes opposing edges that include outward-facing retention lips. A rub strip includes a resilient body and also includes a... The Boeing Company

Methods of making and structures containing stiffeners having transition portions

A stiffener 100 comprises a first stiffener portion (102), having a first cross-sectional profile (104) that is constant along the first stiffener portion (102). The stiffener 100 also comprises a second stiffener portion (106), having a second cross-sectional profile (108) that is constant along the second stiffener portion (106). The... The Boeing Company

Monument fixtures

A frame member, a monument for a vehicle, and a vehicle are provided. The frame member includes an extrusion that has a spar with first and second opposing surfaces and first and second opposing ends. The spar includes a first retention lip extending from the first planar surface along the... The Boeing Company

Dynamic feeding systems for knitting machines

Systems and methods are provided for feeding thread at a knitting machine. One embodiment is a thread feeding device which includes a spool that supplies thread to a knitting device through a thread path and a motor that drives the spool. The device and further includes a mobile guide in... The Boeing Company

Torque tube assemblies for use with aircraft high lift devices

Example torque tube assemblies for use with aircraft high lift devices are described herein. An example apparatus includes a spline coupling having a first yoke, a sliding splined shaft having a second yoke and a torque tube having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. A... The Boeing Company

Method and simulating spectral information of geographic areas

A method and apparatus for simulating spectral representation of a region of interest is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining a physical characteristic of a geospatial portion of the region of interest, associating the determined physical characteristic with a material of a spectral library, the spectral library having... The Boeing Company

Finite element modeling and analysis of crack propagation in multiple planes of a structure

An apparatus is provided for predicting propagation of a crack in a structure. A finite element model is provided that represents the layers of the structure by meshes of elements having interfaces defined between adjacent elements in orthogonal potential crack planes. Overlapping interface elements are defined at the interfaces and... The Boeing Company

Method and on-board software selection of bands of a hyperspectral sensor based on simulated spectral representation of the region of interest

A system and method for surveying a region of interest with a mobile platform having a sensor having a plurality of narrow spectral bands spanning a contiguous frequency space is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises generating a simulated spectral representation of a region of interest, identifying at least... The Boeing Company

Aircraft non-periodic maintenance scheduling system

A system aggregates data related to a non-conformance system in an aircraft and allocates resources to repairing the non-conformance condition. The system includes a service bus that receives and distributes the non-conformance condition and an optimizer tool that generates repair alternatives. The optimizer tool allows dynamic reconfiguration of rules to... The Boeing Company

Method and using a regionally specific spectral model to identify the spectral bands for use for isolating remotely sensed materials of interest

A system and method for collecting spectral data of a region of interest with a sensor is described. In one embodiment, the method comprises generating a simulated spectral representation of a region of interest, identifying at least one of the plurality of materials as a material of interest within the... The Boeing Company

Flexible chassis interface device

An apparatus including a frame forming an interface device configured for connection to a test chassis, and at least one interface connector coupled to the frame, the at least one interface connector corresponding to connectors of a unit under test, the interface device being configured for insertion through one or... The Boeing Company

Microwire array devices and methods for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires

A method for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires includes encapsulating at least a portion of individual lengths of a plurality of microwires in a non-conductive polymeric sheet while the microwires are attached to the substrate. The microwires are then detached from the substrate without removing the microwires from the polymeric... The Boeing Company

Variable length self-locking lifeline system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a variable length self-locking lifeline system that prevents a user from falling off an elevated surface. In one example, a variable length self-locking lifeline system includes a processor and a lanyard. The lanyard is coupled between an anchor... The Boeing Company

Methods for forming near net-shape metal parts from binderless metal powder

Methods for forming near net-shape metal parts include transporting a binderless metal powder mixture to a die cavity with ultrasonic energy, introducing the binderless metal powder mixture into the die cavity, and compacting the binderless metal powder mixture within the die cavity with ultrasonic energy to form a green part... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368650

Collar fastening system and operating

A collar fastening system that includes a collar fastening tool, and a collar loading assembly coupled to the collar fastening tool. The collar loading assembly includes a loading arm that rotates into multiple positions and a holding member coupled to the loading arm. The loading arm positions the holding member... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368655

Drilling apparatus and methods of using same

A drilling apparatus comprising: at least one bit; a vacuum shroud, including a compressible boot, disposed around a longitudinal axis of the apparatus and configured to be in operative communication with a vacuum attachment port; and at least one magnetic element disposed near a distal end of the apparatus and... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368732

Nozzle, nozzle assembly and extrusion of composite material

A nozzle for extruding a composite material from an extruder barrel. The nozzle includes a body and a tapered nozzle passage extending through the body. The tapered nozzle passage having a nozzle inlet opening configured to interface with the extruder barrel, and a nozzle outlet opening, where the tapered nozzle... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368766

Apparatus for layup placement

Method and apparatus for layup placement on a layup structure is provided. The method includes iteratively loading a layup for the layup structure on a support frame of a saddle module; aligning the saddle module with a pre-selected registration position corresponding to a predetermined application path on the layup structure;... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368815

Wrinkle reduction in formed composite laminates

Wrinkling of a contoured composite laminate part during forming to contour is reduced by using laminate plies having off-angle reinforcing fibers that provide the part with primary axial strength along a major axis of loading.... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170368990

Accent lighting system for an interior cabin of a vehicle

An accent lighting system is configured to provide accented light onto a desired location. The accent lighting system includes an accent adapter assembly that is configured to securely couple to a light source. The accent adapter assembly includes an accenting plate that is configured to accent light that is emitted... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369144

Contour retention in segmented fuselage assemblies

Systems and methods are provided for enforcing contours onto parts of an aircraft. One embodiment is a method for enforcing a contour onto aircraft parts. The method includes removably attaching segmented ring details to aircraft skin details, attaching stringers to skin details to create skin assemblies, positioning skin assemblies at... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369149

Fluid-tight mechanical fastening system and associated structural assembly

A structural assembly including a first member having an external side and an internal side, the first member defining a first member through-bore, a second member having an external side and an internal side, the second member defining a second member through-bore aligned with the first member through-bore, and a... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369154

Irreversible roller clutch for preventing back drive

Systems and methods are provided for an irreversible clutch to prevent back-drive. The irreversible clutch may transfer torque and/or rotation received at a first end to a second end, but may not transfer torque and/or rotation received at the second end to the first end. The irreversible clutch may prevent... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369171

Seating arrangement

A seating arrangement for use in a cabin of a vehicle includes a first column set, a second column set, and an aisle between the first and second column sets. The first column set includes a first column of seats, a second column of seats, and a third column of... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369190

Performance prediction methods and systems for maintenance of aircraft flight control surface components

Predictive aircraft maintenance systems may include modules configured to extract feature data, classify feature data, and aggregate classifications.... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369193

Systems for interconnecting dual manifested spacecraft

Systems and methods for interconnecting dual manifested spacecraft for launch by a launch vehicle are disclosed. Different motive forces are utilized to couple a first spacecraft to a second spacecraft and to restrict demating of the second spacecraft from the first spacecraft. Some systems and methods utilize pneumatic pressure to... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369271

Wire bundle processing system and method

A wire processing system includes a tray having at least one tray surface configured to sequentially receive a first wire and a second wire from a wire feed system of a wire processing machine. The tray surface has a surface feature configured to provide a wire-to-surface coefficient of friction between... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369272

System and processing wire bundles

A wire processing system includes a tray having at least one tray surface configured to sequentially receive a first wire and a second wire from a wire feed system of a wire processing machine. The tray surface has a surface feature configured to provide a wire-to-surface coefficient of friction between... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369288

Systems and methods for object guidance and collision avoidance

Systems and methods for object guidance and collision avoidance are provided. One system includes a location sensor disposed on a movable crane. The system also includes a plurality of sensors disposed on a plurality of objects within a facility. The system further includes a controller having a receiver for monitoring... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170369752

Chemically foamed polysulfide sealant for aerospace fuel tank use

Improved polysulfide sealant formulations, application of such sealants, and methods for reducing the density of polysulfide sealant formulations are disclosed.... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370394

Methods and retaining a fastener receiver

Methods and apparatus for retaining a fastener receiver are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a retainer to retain a nut assembly adjacent an object. The retainer includes a first plate defining a first opening. The first plate is to couple to the object. The first opening is to receive a... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370395

Flex reduction clip nut

A spring fastener clip includes first, second, and third strips, each with a corresponding hole therethrough. The clip is bent to form an S-shape, wherein the first strip, the second strip, and the third strip are aligned one with another, and the three holes are aligned one with another. The... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370417

Countersunk threaded bearing and installation

A bearing assembly includes an outer race, an inner race, a bearing interface, and a nut. The outer race has a head end and a base end. The head end includes a flange having a countersink lip formed on an underside of the flange. The outer race includes an externally... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370513

Dual duct flexible coupling apparatus and methods of use

A flexible dual duct coupling, comprising: a coupling body having an inner flow passage and an outer flow passage therethrough; a first nut assembly configured for reversible attachment to the coupling body; and, a second nut assembly configured for reversible attachment to the coupling body, wherein the second nut assembly... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370516

Systems and methods for duct protection

Methods and systems for protecting a duct joint are provided. An assembly for protecting a joint formed between a first duct and an adjacent second duct includes a first blanket member coupled about the first duct and a second blanket member coupled about the second duct, wherein the second blanket... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370643

Condensation-controlling insulation system and method

A condensation-controlling insulation system includes an interior insulation layer for application to a cold surface. The system may further include an exterior absorption layer adapted to retain condensation during a first environmental condition and to release the condensation as a vapor during a second environmental condition.... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370800

Method for providing simulated smoke and a smoke generator apparatus therefor

An apparatus is provided for providing simulated smoke. The apparatus comprises a reservoir including a reservoir port, and a bladder disposed in the reservoir. The bladder can be deflated to cause a fluid substance to flow through the reservoir port into the reservoir to fill the reservoir with the fluid... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370808

Modeling and analysis of leading edge ribs of an aircraft wing

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a leading edge rib of a fixed leading edge section of an aircraft wing. The apparatus may identify geometric or inertial properties of a plurality of stiffeners of the rib in which respective stiffeners are represented by a collection of geometry within a... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170370846

System for measuring thermal degradation of composites and making and using

A system for measuring thermal degradation of composites includes a cylindrical body; a bottom cover having a lower central aperture; an upper concave mirror facing the bottom cover with an upper central orifice concentric with a central axis of the body; a lower concave mirror facing the upper concave mirror... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170371103

Optical star couplers having an asymmetric receive optical mixer

An optical network having at least one star coupler comprising transmit and receive optical mixers which are respectively optically coupled to transmitters and receivers of a plurality of optical-electrical media converters. Each optical-electrical media converter comprises a respective receiver optically coupled to the receive optical mixer by way of plastic... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170371303

Increased servo control system bandwidth using a tuned mass damper

An example servo control system includes one or more components configured to be actuated for movement, a system controller including one or more processors for receiving feedback of the movement of the one or more components and for using the feedback within a control loop to cause an actuator to... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170371989

Modeling and analysis of leading edge ribs of an aircraft wing

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a leading edge rib of a fixed leading edge section of an aircraft wing. The apparatus may identify geometric or inertial properties of a plurality of stiffeners of the rib, and based thereon perform an analysis to predict a failure rate of the... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170372000

Prediction methods and systems for structural repair during heavy maintenance of aircraft

Hybrid feature selection methods include methods of creating a predictive model for structural repair during heavy maintenance in a fleet of aircraft. Methods include qualifying a qualification dataset of fatigue-related parameters calculated from data collected during a first group of flights of a first aircraft that experience a replacement of... The Boeing Company

12/28/17 / #20170373332

Hydrogen fuel cell stack and upgrading a hydrogen fuel cell stack

This disclosure relates to a hydrogen fuel cell stack with one or more hydrogen fuel cell (102) having in turn a proton exchange membrane (104), a hydrogen reaction layer (112) and an oxygen reaction layer (116) within a pair of bipolar plates (106). At least a bipolar plate (106) comprises... The Boeing Company

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12/28/17 / #20170373383

Structural reinforcement for an antenna system on an aircraft

A method and apparatus for retrofitting an aircraft. Connection points for a reinforcement structure are located. The reinforcement structure is associated with the airframe during original manufacturing of the aircraft and accommodates forces from an antenna system attached to the reinforcement structure. The antenna system includes an antenna selected from... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361139

Fire extinguishing container

An enclosure, vehicle, and method for containing an overheating device are provided. An enclosure includes a body and a door that form a volume. The body includes is connected to a Venturi tube that is in communication with a fluid flow path flowing across an opening at an opposite end.... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361396

Diffusion-bonded metallic materials

A method includes disposing a hydride of a transition metal on a first metallic material, where at least one of the first metallic material or a second metallic material includes a surface oxide layer. The method includes performing a diffusion bonding operation to bond the first metallic material to the... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361503

Ultraviolet curing system and method

An ultraviolet (UV) curing system is configured to cure a composite structure. The UV curing system includes a plurality of UV light assemblies that are configured to adaptively conform to a shape of the composite structure. A UV curing method is configured to cure a composite structure. The UV curing... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361915

Pressurized bulkhead

A pressure bulkhead for an aircraft includes a wall assembly. The wall assembly includes a first wall section which extends in a direction nonparallel to a length of the aircraft. The wall assembly further includes a second wall section secured to the first wall section wherein the second wall section... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361916

Apparatuses and methods for improved sealing

A dry bay sealing assembly is provided that includes a first end plate and a second end plate that are configured to be disposed on respective opposite first and second sides of a structural member proximate to a joint defined between the structural member and a fitting. The first end... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361922

Rotatable wing tip joint and making same

A joint for coupling a wing tip to a wing base includes a linking member that extends from a first end to a second end. The linking member first end is coupleable to the wing base, and the linking member second end is coupleable to the wing tip. The linking... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361935

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (100) comprises a skin (110), comprising an external surface (112) and an internal surface (114), opposite the external surface (112). The skin (110) is magnetically and electrically conductive. The airfoil (100) also comprises an interior space (108), formed by the skin (110). The internal surface (114) faces the... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361936

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (200) comprises a skin (210), comprising an external surface (212) and an internal surface (214). The skin (210) has a controlled region (216). The airfoil (200) also comprises an interior space (208), formed by the skin (210). The airfoil (200) additionally comprises a hybrid acoustic induction-heating system (202),... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361937

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (300) comprises a skin (310), comprising an external surface (312) and an internal surface (314). The skin (310) has a controlled region (316). The airfoil (300) also comprises an interior space (308), formed by the skin (310). The airfoil (300) additionally comprises a hybrid acoustic induction-heating system (302),... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361938

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating impeding formation of ice

A method (400) of impeding formation of ice on an exterior surface (104, 204, 304) of airfoil (100, 200, 300) is disclosed. The method (400) comprises detecting (402) first ambient conditions known to cause the ice to form on exterior surface (104, 204, 304). The method (400) also comprises supplying... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170361950

Artificial gravity system with rotating gravity chambers that extend radially

A habitation module that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the habitation module includes a stationary structure including a hub having a plurality of portals spaced radially around an outer cylindrical surface of the hub, and a rotating structure that attaches to the outer cylindrical surface of the... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170362026

Manually operated trash compactor for airplane lavatory and compacting trash

An example lavatory waste compartment includes a waste bin having a waste compartment for trash, a waste flap providing an opening into the waste compartment for insertion of the trash, and a manually operated trash compactor coupled to a ceiling. The manually operated trash compactor includes an expansion component connected... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170362072

Adaptable insulated galley cart carbonated beverage delivery system

A galley cart carbonated beer dispensing system employs a housing defining a cavity. A door is coupled to the housing and configured to be moved between a closed position and an open position. A keg is received in the cavity and a carbonation cylinder is received in the cavity and... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170362445

Systems, compositions, and methods for corrosion inhibition

Corrosion inhibition systems, including coated substrates, coating materials and corrosion inhibition compounds, and methods of making the same are disclosed. These systems and methods include corrosion inhibition compounds that are responsive to corrosion at a surface, releasing active inhibitor groups upon a corrosion stimulus. The active inhibitor groups are selected... The Boeing Company

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12/21/17 / #20170363132

Barrel nut with stress reduction features

A barrel nut with features for reducing tensile stresses under heavy load within the barrel nut has a partial-cylindrical body having a first planar end surface and a second planar end surface. A threaded bore extends through the partial-cylindrical body with a central axis substantially parallel to the first planar... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170363448

Systems and methods for measuring angular position of a laser beam emitter

Systems and methods for measuring the angular position of a laser beam emitter using only distance measurements. What is physically measured is a feature that is affixed to the laser beam emitter and moves with it. Respective distances which are respective functions of the azimuth and zenith angles are measured... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170364627

System for analysis of a repair for a structure

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a repair for a structure by identifying component parts of the structure that have common material properties and geometric constraints, and based thereon determining a generic repair component for the component parts that also have the common material properties and the geometric constraints.... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170365086

Multiple-pass rendering of a digital three-dimensional model of a structure

A method is provided for rendering a scene including a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of a structure. The method includes traversing a scene graph composed of a hierarchical group of nodes representing respective 3D objects of the digital 3D model, and selecting nodes of the hierarchical group of nodes. The... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170365177

Vehicle operation instruction confirmation

A method, system, and computer program product for providing an indication that a received vehicle operation instruction can be performed is provided. During operation of a vehicle a vehicle operation instruction is received and at least one vehicle performance parameter to perform the vehicle operation instruction is calculated. Then, a... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170366265

Bandwidth optimization and hitless transport in dynamic free space optical communications networks

A system for optical communications may include a multiplicity of optical communications relay platforms that each move above a surface of the earth. Each relay platform may include a relay link for communications between adjacent relay platforms. The system may also include a plurality of ground stations. Each ground station... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170366520

Secured data transmission using identity-based cryptography

A system is provided for secure data transmission. The system stores a public master key, private decryption key and secure messaging module for securely transmitting and receiving a digital model data file for transmission via a work order message. For transmitting and receiving the work order message, the system generate... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170366647

Virtual weather generation

A method and apparatus for providing virtual weather data are described. Embodiments retrieve a plurality of weather data snapshots of historical weather data and provide an API through which a plurality of remote clients request weather data. A request specifying a first set of geographical and spatial coordinates and further... The Boeing Company

12/21/17 / #20170367019

Coordinating inter-satellite handoff in a telecommunications system

A system is provided for coordinating inter-satellite handoff in a telecommunications system that includes first and second communication satellites and a communications apparatus. The communications apparatus is configured to generate commands for transmission to the first communication satellite and the second communication satellite to steer respectively first and second spot... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170354935

Diffusion horn

A diffuser is disclosed and includes a channel with an inner portion having an inlet and an outlet through which a gaseous substance enters and exits the diffuser, respectively. The inner portion includes a first conical section that has an increasing cross-sectional area, taken along a plane perpendicular to a... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170355080

Remotely controlling robotic platforms based on multi-modal sensory data

Provided are methods and systems for remotely controlling of robotic platforms in confined spaces or other like spaces not suitable for direct human operation. The control is achieved using multi-modal sensory data, which includes at least two sensory response types, such as a binocular stereoscopic vision type, a binaural stereophonic... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170355181

Bonded metal and thermoplastic components

A method for bonding components is provided. The method includes preparing a surface of a metal component, applying a film adhesive to the prepared surface, forming a thermoplastic component using injection molding such that the film adhesive is positioned between the metal component and the thermoplastic component, and curing the... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170355405

Multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating thereof

Provided are multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating such vehicles to access small interior spaces. A multi-tread vehicle may include two or more tread sections such that each pair of adjacent tread sections is interconnected by a connector section. Furthermore, each pair may have one or more degrees of articulations,... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170355463

Aircraft overhead stowage bins

Overhead stowage bins for aircraft comprise a lower panel and one or more rollers. The lower panel is configured to support luggage and has a forward lip region. The one or more rollers are operatively coupled to the lower panel within the forward lip region and are positioned to facilitate... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170355474

Stackable pancake satellite

A stackable pancake satellite that is configured so that a plurality of the satellites can be stacked within a payload fairing of a launch vehicle. Each satellite includes sections that are folded or rotated together prior to launch, and unfolded or rotated away from each other when deployed. A first... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170356516

Load controlling bolted flange deformable spacers

Deformable spacers and spacer assemblies absorb energy when flange bolts are subjected to compressive axial loads by plastically deforming, failing in shear, rupturing or in a combination of failure modes so the flange bolts and the flanges connected thereby are not damaged. One deformable spacer may have a hollow cylindrical... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170356720

Systems and methods for targeting objects of interest in denied gps environments

Systems and methods that enable a targeting system operator, with no access to GPS signals, to self-locate using one or two landmarks and then geolocate an object-of-interest (OOI) using its own position and attitude and the range to the OOI. In the absence of GPS signals, the coordinates of the... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170357009

On-board backup and anti-spoofing gps system

Disclosed is an on-board backup and anti-spoofing GPS (“OBASG”) system for navigating a vehicle through an environment with a GPS receiver. The GPS receiver is configured to receive GPS signals within the environment where the GPS signals may suffer a GPS outage or are unreliable within the environment. In general,... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170357143

Photonic crystals logic devices

Systems, methods, and apparatus for photonic crystals logic devices are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for an optical logic device comprises radiating, by at least one source, at least one signal. The method further comprises reflecting at least one signal off of at least one photonic... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170357263

Autonomous vehicle re-tasking during performance of a programmed task based on detection of a task interruption scenario

An example autonomous vehicle includes a communication interface for receiving instructions to perform a first task in an environment using a first strategy, sensors for detecting conditions in the environment to carry out the first task, data storage storing a plurality of task interruption scenarios each having an associated priority... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170358062

Stereoscopic camera and associated varying a scale of a stereoscopic image pair

A stereoscopic camera and associated method for capturing a stereoscopic image pair are provided. As an example, a stereoscopic camera includes first and second lenses defining parallel optical axes. The stereoscopic camera also includes first and second image sensors for receiving optical signals from the first and second lenses. The... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170358194

Systems, methods, and sensing environmental conditions and alerting a user in response

A system for monitoring one or more environmental conditions associated with a working environment includes a wearable device configured to be worn by a worker and one or more environmental sampling sensors configured to monitor the one or more environmental conditions associated with the working environment and determine environmental sampling... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170358214

System and method to protect the privacy of ads-b messages

System and method to protect the privacy of ADS-B messages transmitted by aircraft. The system includes one or more ground stations with a ground station control unit and a ground ADS-B transponder for receiving an ADS-B message. The ground station control unit includes an aircraft position determination module for retrieving... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170358969

Open-core flywheel architecture

Apparatuses, systems and methods are described for a flywheel system incorporating a rotor made from a high-strength material in an open-core flywheel architecture with a high-temperature superconductive (HTS) bearing technology to achieve the desired high energy density in the flywheel energy storage devices, to obtain superior results and performance, and... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170359083

System and providing hardware based fast and secure expansion and compression functions

A system and method for encoding data by providing data expansion and compression functions for arbitrary input and output lengths. The input is partitioned into groups of sequential bits. A subkey is selected from secret key material for each group of the input bits. A tree of XOR gates applies... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170359529

Hyperspectral borescope system

A method and apparatus for inspecting a structure. Electromagnetic radiation is sent to a surface on a structure from an electromagnetic radiation emission system. A response is filtered to the electromagnetic radiation using a filter located inside of a borescope inspection housing. The filter is configured to pass a number... The Boeing Company

12/14/17 / #20170359554

Drone deterrence system, method, and assembly

A drone deterrence system includes a housing configured to be secured to a structure. A motion detector is disposed on or within the housing, and is configured to detect motion within a predetermined range. A tracker is disposed on or within the housing, and is configured to track motion of... The Boeing Company








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