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Autonomous cargo delivery system

An autonomous aerial system for delivering a payload to a waypoint. The autonomous aerial system may comprise an aerial vehicle to transport the payload to the waypoint and an onboard supervisory control system operatively coupled with the aerial vehicle. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

System and methods for automatically landing aircraft

The present disclosure is directed to autonomous control systems and methods for navigating an aircraft relative to a movable object. The autonomous control system may comprise: a first one or more sensors to track the movable object in a local coordinate frame; a second one or more sensors to track the aircraft in the local coordinate frame; and a flight control system having a processor that is operatively coupled with the first one or more sensors and the second one or more sensors, the flight control system configured to provide pitch, roll, and yaw commands to the aircraft. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Uav booster aircraft for takeoff and climb assist

Disclosed herein is a booster aircraft system having a host aircraft and one or more booster uavs coupled thereto. When necessary, such as during takeoff and climb of the host aircraft, the booster uavs operate to boost the thrust of the host aircraft. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Collision avoidance system and method for unmanned aircraft

An obstacle-avoidance system for a vehicle, the obstacle-avoidance system may comprise: a communication device; a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors configured to detect collision threats within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and a processor. The processor may communicatively couple to the communication device and the plurality of sensors and configured to receive navigation commands being communicated to a control system via said communication device. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Passive fault-tolerant shaft seal configuration

Disclosed herein is a shaft seal system comprising a first ball bearing, a second ball bearing, a primary shaft seal, and a secondary shaft seal. The secondary shaft seal may be inboard with respect to said primary shaft seal. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Vertical lift by series hybrid-propulsion

A hybrid-electric aerial vehicle is disclosed comprising: an airframe; a plurality of longitudinal booms extending radially from the airframe; a passively charged internal combustion engine operatively coupled with a fuel tank, a generator operatively coupled with the passively charged internal combustion engine; a battery bank operatively coupled with the generator; and a plurality of motors. The passively charged internal combustion engine has an intake engine valve, an exhaust engine valve, and a combustion chamber, wherein the intake engine valve is delayed to provide an expansion ratio in the combustion chamber that is greater than a compression ratio in the combustion chamber. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Double-blown wing vertical takeoff and landing aircraft

A vertical or short takeoff and landing (v/stol) aerial vehicle comprising: a wing having a leading edge and a trailing edge; a thrust rotor operatively coupled with the wing; and a lift rotor operatively coupled with the wing. The thrust rotor may comprise a first propeller having a first fixed axis of rotation that is substantially horizontal. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Distributed acceleration sensing for robust disturbance rejection

An aerial vehicle comprising an airframe, an aircraft flight controller to provide an output control signal, and a planar printed circuit board positioned on the airframe. The printed circuit board may include coupled thereto a processor, a rate gyroscope, and at least three accelerometers. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Gimbal stabilization system and method

A gimbal stabilizing system for an aircraft having an airframe is disclosed. The gimbal stabilizing system may comprise a gimbal apparatus having at least one gimbal actuator to adjust a position of the gimbal apparatus about an axis, wherein the gimbal apparatus is positioned on the airframe, an angular acceleration apparatus positioned on the airframe to generate an angular acceleration signal reflecting an angular acceleration of the airframe, and a gimbal controller operatively coupled to each of said angular acceleration apparatus and said gimbal apparatus. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Increased utility composite tooling through additive manufacturing

A tooling system for fabricating a composite structure comprising a printed thermoplastic material tooling component having a non-tooling surface and a tooling surface, wherein the tooling surface defines a predetermined shape for the composite structure. The tooling system may further comprise a printed thermoplastic material tooling base structure having a plurality of non-tooling surfaces to support the printed thermoplastic material tooling component during layup or cure. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Autonomous vehicle navigation system and method

An autonomous vehicle is improved with a navigational system having both cameras and echolocation sensors. The cameras and echolocation sensors may be part of an optical and echolocation system, respectively, that may work in conjunction with, for example, a global positioning system to determine a course for the autonomous vehicle to reach an objective while detecting and avoid obstacles along the course.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Autonomous cargo delivery system

An autonomous aerial system for delivering a payload to a waypoint. The autonomous aerial system may comprise an aerial vehicle to transport the payload to the waypoint and an onboard supervisory control system operatively coupled with the aerial vehicle. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Solar power system and method thereof

A solar power system comprising a solar panel, a load, and a battery pack group. The load comprising an electric motor operatively coupled with a propeller. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Aircrew automation system and method

An aircrew automation system that provides a pilot with high-fidelity knowledge of the aircraft's physical state, and notifies that pilot of any deviations in expected state based on predictive models. The aircrew automation may be provided as a non-invasive ride-along aircrew automation system that perceives the state of the aircraft through visual techniques, derives the aircraft state vector and other aircraft information, and communicates any deviations from expected aircraft state to the pilot.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170203839

Hybrid propulsion vertical take-off and landing aircraft

A hybrid propulsion aircraft is described having a distributed electric propulsion system. The distributed electric propulsion system includes a turbo shaft engine that drives one or more generators through a gearbox. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

07/13/17 / #20170197371

Method and apparatus for making a composite

Various embodiments disclosed relate to methods and apparatuses for forming composites. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of making a composite. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170168507

Autonomous cargo delivery system

The present invention is directed to a system and methods of providing platform-agnostic systems and methods capable of providing an integrated processor and sensor suite with supervisory control software and interfaces to perform small unit rapid response resupply and casevac into hazardous and unpredictable environments.. . ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170102713

System and methods for automatically landing aircraft

The present invention is directed to methods of determining a vessel-relative off-deck waypoint (vrodw) location comprising the steps of providing an aircraft in flight; determining vessel range and vessel bearing relative the aircraft; and determining the vrodw location using the range and bearing measurements of the vessel. The present invention is further directed to methods of landing an aircraft on a vessel.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170102241

Autonomous vehicle navigation system and method

An autonomous vehicle is improved with a navigational system having both cameras and echolocation sensors, each including overlapping fields of view. The cameras and echolocation sensors may be part of an optical and echolocation system, respectively, that may work in conjunction with a global positioning system to determine a course for the autonomous vehicle to reach an objective while detecting and avoid obstacles along the course.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170023948

Aerial system and vehicle for continuous operation

An aerial vehicle having a vision based navigation system for capturing an arresting cable situated at a landing site may comprise a fuselage having a propulsion system; an arresting device coupled to the fuselage, the arresting device to capture the arresting cable at the landing site; a camera situated on the aerial vehicle; an infrared illuminator situated on the aerial vehicle to illuminate the landing site, wherein the arresting cable has two infrared reflectors situated thereon; and an onboard vision processor. The onboard vision processor may (i) generate a plurality of coordinates representing features of the landing site using an image thresholding technique, (ii) eliminate one or more coordinates as outlier coordinates using linear correlation, and (iii) identify two of the plurality of coordinates as the two infrared reflectors using a kalman filter.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170021944

Aerial system and vehicle for continuous operation

An aerial vehicle landing station comprising a first post and a second post, wherein the second post is spaced apart from the first post and a cable to capture an aerial vehicle, wherein the cable is stretched between the first post and the second post and configured to support the weight of the aerial vehicle once captured and the cable may provide a charging current to the aerial vehicle once captured. One or more markers may be further positioned on the cable to designate a landing point, wherein the one or more markers are configured to be visually tracked by the aerial vehicle. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170021943

Capturing hook for aerial system

A capturing hook for engaging a cable during capture and release of an aerial vehicle may comprise a first and second gate pivotally supported at their first ends by a base portion and each being movable between a closed position and an open position, but spring-biased to the closed position. The capturing hook may further include a latch device comprising a movable locking part biased by a return spring to a locked position to lock the second gate in the closed position.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170001732

System and methods for automatically landing aircraft

The present invention is directed to methods of determining a vessel-relative off-deck waypoint (vrodw) location comprising the steps of providing an aircraft in flight; determining vessel range and vessel bearing relative the aircraft; and determining the vrodw location using the range and bearing measurements of the vessel. The present invention is further directed to methods of landing an aircraft on a vessel.. ... Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation








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