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Recent patent applications related to Kitty Hawk Corporation. Kitty Hawk Corporation is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Kitty Hawk Corporation may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Kitty Hawk Corporation, we're just tracking patents.

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Torque-sensitive locking and release mechanism for a bistable pitch propeller

A bistable pitch propeller includes a ball, a spring, and a clutch module where the clutch module has a range of rotational movement between a locked end position and a released end position. The clutch module includes a detent, where the ball sits inside and outside of the detent when the clutch module is in the locked end position and released end position, respectively. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Bimodal propeller aircraft

A bimodal propeller aircraft is disclosed. In various embodiments, the aircraft is flown using a cruise propeller and a hover propeller. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Distributed flight control system

A set of commands for each of a plurality of actuators to alter an aircraft's state responsive to one or more inputs is produced. The set of commands is provided to fewer than all actuators comprising the plurality of actuators.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Fault tolerant servo sensor with linear hall sensors and discrete hall sensors

A first measurement of a magnet that rotates is received from a first set of hall sensors in a first component. A second measurement is received from a second set of hall sensors in a second component where the first component and the second component are in a plane that is parallel to an axis of rotation associated with the magnet. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Cell matching across multiple characteristics during battery assembly

For each cell in a plurality of cells, a first cell characteristic and a second cell characteristic are received in order to obtain a plurality of cell characteristics. For each cell in the plurality of cells, a batch compatibility number that is associated with a number of compatible cells that that cell is compatible with is determined based at least in part on the plurality of cell characteristics. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Stopped rotor aircraft

An aircraft includes a wing which is configured to provide lift during a wing-borne mode of flight and a stoppable rotor which includes a first blade and a second blade. The stoppable rotor is configured to rotate about a vertical axis of rotation during a hover mode of flight and stop with the first blade pointing forward and the second blade pointing backward at least some of the time during the wing-borne mode of flight. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Method of rotor production including co-curing and magnetization in place

Techniques described here provide a rotor and a method of making a rotor. In an embodiment, a method of making a rotor includes forming a magnet array by assembling a plurality of magnets into the magnet array, providing pre-preg adjacent to the magnet array, co-curing the magnet array with the pre-preg, and magnetizing the magnet array subsequent to the formation of the magnet array.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Battery assembly techniques

Battery assembly techniques and a corresponding system are disclosed. In various embodiments, the battery assembly techniques include compressing battery cells and inserting the battery cells in a can. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Array of three pole magnets

Techniques disclosed here provide an array of magnets and a method of manufacturing a magnet array. In an embodiment, the array of magnets includes a plurality of three-pole magnets arranged in an array in which each three-pole magnet comprising the array is adjacent to one or more other three-pole magnets comprising the array. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Magnetic spring inceptor

A magnetic spring input device is disclosed. In various embodiments, an input device as disclosed includes a manual input structure movably coupled to a base assembly; and a non-stationary magnet fixedly coupled to the manual input structure; a stationary magnet coupled to the base assembly in a manner that is fixed with respect to at least a first input axis of the input device, the stationary magnet being coupled to the base assembly with a first magnetic pole having a first magnetic polarity is oriented opposite a corresponding magnetic pole of the non-stationary magnet having the first magnetic polarity, in a position that is adjacent to but offset from the non-stationary magnet when the manual input structure is in a neutral position. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Electrically conductive and insulative composite

An electrically conductive and insulative composite (ecic) is disclosed. In various embodiments, an ecic as disclosed herein may include an electrically conductive structural element and one or more electrically insulative structural elements adhesively bonded to the conductive structural element to form a unitized structure having a design shape and one or more significant mechanical properties. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Navigation based on downward facing sensors

Sensor information is obtained from a downward facing sensor coupled to an aircraft. A new position is determined using the sensor information, including by: obtaining directional information associated with the aircraft's direction of flight, obtaining a previous position associated with the aircraft, filtering a plurality of datasets in a ground feature database using the directional information and the previous position in order to obtain a reduced group of datasets (where each dataset in the ground feature database is associated with a known in-air position), and comparing the sensor information against the reduced group of datasets in order to determine the new position.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Impact velocity reduction by mass ejection

A ballistic parachute associated with an aircraft is deployed where the aircraft includes a first part and a second part, the two parts are detachably coupled to each other when the ballistic parachute is deployed, and the ballistic parachute is coupled to the first part of the aircraft. A landing zone associated with the second part of the aircraft is determined and it is decided whether to decouple the two parts, including by deciding whether the landing zone associated with the second part of the aircraft is inhabited. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

Emergency landing using inertial sensors

An emergency landing procedure that includes a sequence of control settings is continuously generated. An aircraft is landed, including by using the sequence of control settings and a set of one or more inertial sensors to control an actuator.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

05/24/18 / #20180141668

Pneumatic parachute deployment system

A pneumatic parachute deployment system is disclosed. In various embodiments, a pneumatic parachute deployment system as disclosed herein includes a bladder configured to control a parachute's expansion in at least one dimension, and an inflation mechanism configured to inflate the bladder. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

05/24/18 / #20180141667

Cinched parachute

A cinched parachute is disclosed. In various embodiments, a cinched parachute as disclosed herein includes a canopy comprising one or more sections of canopy material, and a device integrated with the canopy that controls dimensions of the canopy material. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180118354

Distributed parachute system

A distributed parachute system is disclosed. In various embodiments, a parachute is at least partially deployed along one or more dimensions. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

05/03/18 / #20180118353

Bimodal parachute deployment system

A parachute deployment system is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system includes an interface configured to receive sensor information; a parachute load limiting device; and a parachute load limiting device state controller. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105279

Multicopter with boom-mounted rotors

A multicopter aircraft with boom-mounted rotors is disclosed. In various embodiments, a multicopter as disclosed herein includes a fuselage; a port side wing coupled to the fuselage; and a starboard side wing coupled to the fuselage. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105268

Ventilated rotor mounting boom for personal aircraft

Described embodiments provide a rotor mounting boom assembly for a personal aircraft. The rotor mounting boom assembly includes a rotor mounting boom releasably attachable to a wing of the personal aircraft, one or more vertical lift rotors, and one or more rotor controller assemblies. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

04/19/18 / #20180105267

Multicopter with angled rotors

A multicopter with angled rotors is disclosed. In various embodiments, a multicopter as disclosed herein includes a fuselage and a plurality of rotors. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/29/18 / #20180086448

Tilt-wing aircraft

In various embodiments, a tilt-wing aircraft includes a fuselage; a first wing tiltably mounted at or near a forward end of the fuselage; and a second wing rotatably mounted to the fuselage at a position aft of the first wing. A first plurality of rotors is mounted on the first wing at locations on or near a leading edge of the first wing, with two or more rotors being mounted on wing portions on each side of the fuselage; and a second plurality of rotors mounted on the second wing at locations on or near a leading edge of the second wing, with two or more rotors being mounted on wing portions on each side of the fuselage. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180083306

Battery assembly techniques

Battery assembly techniques and a corresponding system are disclosed. In various embodiments, the battery assembly techniques include compressing battery cells and inserting the battery cells in a can. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180065737

Personal aircraft

A safe, quiet, easy to control, efficient, and compact aircraft configuration is enabled through the combination of multiple vertical lift rotors, tandem wings, and forward thrust propellers. The vertical lift rotors, in combination with a front and rear wing, permits a balancing of the center of lift with the center of gravity for both vertical and horizontal flight. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057155

Multicopter with wide span rotor configuration

A multicopter aircraft with a wide span rotor configuration is disclosed. In various embodiments, a multicopter as disclosed herein includes a fuselage and a plurality of rotors. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057152

Float ducts and floor panel

An aircraft includes a float which provides buoyancy when the aircraft floats on a surface of water. The aircraft also includes a rotor where the rotor is configured to rotate in a horizontal plane and blow a wake across a side of the float. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057147

Aircraft hand controller with decoupled throttle

An aircraft hand controller is disclosed. The hand controller includes a set of finger controls on a single hand grip structure, the set of finger controls including a first finger control configured to control throttle of the aircraft and a second finger control, separate from the first, configured to control rotation about a first rotational axis of the aircraft.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180048036

Battery with compression and prevention of thermal runaway propagation features

A battery includes a metal can having a bottom, a top opening, and four sides. The battery also includes a plurality of cells stacked inside the metal can, wherein at least two opposing sides of the four sides of the metal can are biased inward against the plurality of cells to provide compression.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180044011

Rotor-blown wing with passively tilting fuselage

An aircraft includes a wing where a first rotor and a second rotor are coupled to the wing at a fixed position relative to the wing. The aircraft also includes a fuselage and a bearing. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180032091

Flight configuration for payload and lift aircraft

A flight configuration is disclosed. The flight configuration includes a lift configuration in which a lift aircraft lifts a powered payload via a tether. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180032090

Adjusting load on tethered aircraft

A system for adjusting a load on a tethered aircraft is disclosed. The aircraft is tethered to a payload. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180032089

Maintaining a stable phase difference between multiple tethered vehicles lifting a payload

A system to maintain a phase difference is disclosed. Two or more aircraft fly in a continuous periodic trajectory. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029694

Bistable pitch propeller system with unidirectional propeller rotation

A propeller includes a blade free to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the blade. The propeller also includes a mechanical stop positioned to engage mechanically a first portion of the blade and/or a first structure coupled mechanically to the blade when the blade is in a first position. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180029693

Bistable pitch propeller system with bidirectional propeller rotation

A propeller includes a blade free to rotate. A first stop is positioned to mechanically engage one or both of a first portion of the blade and a first structure coupled to the blade when the blade is in a first position at a first end of the rotational range of motion. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180011487

Automated aircraft recovery system

An automated aircraft recovery system is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system includes an interface configured to receive sensor data; and a control mechanism configured to: perform automatically a recovery action that is determined based at least in part on the sensor data. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180009540

Multimodal aircraft recovery system

A multi-modal aircraft recovery system is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system includes a first aircraft recovery parachute having a first set of physical attributes optimized for a first set of conditions and a second aircraft recovery parachute having a second set of physical attributes optimized for a second set of conditions different from the first.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

01/11/18 / #20180009539

Multi-rocket parachute deployment system

Techniques to deploy a parachute are disclosed. In various embodiments, a first projectile is configured to be propelled in a first direction, causing the parachute to be deployed. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170361920

Self-adjusting system for aircraft control

A self-adjusting flight control system is disclosed. In various embodiments, an input interface receives an input signal generated by an inceptor based at least in part on a position of an input device comprising the inceptor. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170341741

Control system for a stopped rotor aircraft

While an aircraft is mid-flight, a braking start point associated with a stoppable rotor is calculated where the stoppable rotor includes a first and second blade and the stoppable rotor is configured to rotate about a substantially vertical axis. A process to stop the stoppable rotor is started, while the aircraft is mid-flight, when the stoppable rotor reaches the braking start point, where the stoppable rotor is stopped with the first blade pointing forward and the second blade pointing backward.. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170341740

Stopped rotor aircraft

A stoppable rotor, which includes a first and second blade and rotates about a substantially vertical axis, is stopped with the first blade pointing forward and the second blade pointing backward while the aircraft is mid-flight. Anti-torque is provided using a set of one or more combination rotors in a first mode of operation in order to counter torque produced by the stoppable rotor when the stoppable rotor is rotating where the set of combination rotors rotate about a substantially longitudinal axis. ... Kitty Hawk Corporation








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