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Methodology for forming a resistive element in a superconducting structure

A method of forming a superconducting structure is provided that includes forming a superconducting element in a first dielectric layer, forming a protective pad formed from a resistive material over at least a portion of the superconducting element, forming a second dielectric layer overlying the first dielectric layer, and etching an opening through the second dielectric layer to the protective pad, such that no portion of the superconducting element is exposed in the opening. A cleaning process is performed on the superconducting structure, and a contact material fill with a resistive material is performed to fill the opening and form a resistive element in contact with the superconducting element through the protective pad.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Alloy bonded graphene sheets for enhanced thermal spreaders

A heat spreader for printed wiring boards and a method of manufacture are disclosed. The heat spreader is made from a plurality of graphene sheets that are thermo-mechanically bonded using an alloy bonding process that forms a metal alloy layer using a low temperature and pressure that does not damage the graphene sheets. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Detection circuit and method to mitigate 1/f noise in single detectors and in image sensors

A circuit includes an input capacitor that stores charge based on a current received from a photodetector during a bias phase of the photodetector. The stored charge on the input capacitor is sampled during the sampling phase to determine an amount of light captured by the photodetector. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Flexible connector

A flexible connector includes a unitary connector block having first and second board-facing areas. The first and second board-facing areas are longitudinally spaced from each other on a chosen surface of the connector block. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Machine vision enabled swarm guidance technology

A system and method for controlling a swarm of uavs that are stored on and released from an airborne platform, fly to and destroy a target, where the uavs download target information from the airborne platform before being released therefrom, do not communicate with each other or the airborne platform while in flight, and do not depend of the presence of gps. Each uav includes a vision sensor that provides image data, a navigation module that receives the image data and causes the uav to navigate and fly towards the target, and a target destruction module that receives the image data and causes the uav to destroy the target.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Generating a map conveying the probability of detecting terrestrial targets

An exemplary computer implemented digital image processing method conveys probabilities of detecting terrestrial targets from an observation aircraft. Input data defining an observation aircraft route relative to the geographical map with lines of communications (loc) disposed thereon are received and stored as well as input data associated an aircraft sensor's targeting capabilities and attributes related to the capability of targets to be detected. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Dual-vibratory pattern resonator gyroscope

One example includes a resonator gyroscope. The resonator gyroscope includes a sensing system comprising a plurality of electrodes arranged about a sensitive axis and configured to electrostatically force a resonator into a substantially periodic motion based on a plurality of forcer signals applied to the plurality of electrodes, and configured to provide an indication of rotation about a sensitive axis of the resonator gyroscope. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Method of forming superconductor structures

A method of forming a superconductor structure is provided. The method comprises forming a superconducting element in a first dielectric layer that has a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first dielectric layer, forming a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer and the superconducting element, and forming an opening in the second dielectric layer to a top surface of the superconducting element. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Superconducting transmission driver system

One example includes a superconducting transmission driver system. The system includes a latching gate stage comprising at least one josephson junction configured to switch from an off state to an oscillating voltage state to provide an oscillating voltage at a control node in response to a single flux quantum (sfq) pulse received at an input. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Method of making a superconductor device

A method of forming a superconductor device structure is disclosed. The method comprises forming a base electrode in a first dielectric layer, forming a junction material stack over the base electrode, forming a hardmask over the junction material stack, etching away a portion of the junction material stack to form a josephson junction (jj) over the base electrode, and depositing a second dielectric layer over the hardmask, the jj, the base electrode and the first dielectric layer. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Diffusion bonded fastener assembly

A fastener assembly includes a bolt having a shaft and a head. The shaft has proximal and distal shaft ends and a shaft body, with the head at the proximal shaft end. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Self-assembled monolayer overlying a carbon nanotube substrate

One example includes a semiconductor device. The semiconductor device include a carbon nanotube substrate, a self-assembled monolayer, and a gate oxide. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Atomic clock system

An atomic clock system includes a magneto-optical trap (mot) system that traps alkali metal atoms in a cell during a trapping stage of each of sequential coherent population trapping (cpt) cycles. The system also includes an interrogation system that generates an optical difference beam comprising a first optical beam having a first frequency and a second optical beam having a second frequency different from the first frequency. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Compact, simultaneous dual field of view through a common aperture

A compact, uniaxially-aligned series of lenses are shaped and coated to allow coaxial viewing of two different fields of view on the same focal-plane array by selecting a type of light. The selection can be, for example, by spectrum or polarization. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/22/18 / #20180083992

Multi-tier aggregation for complex event correlation in streams

A system and method for detecting anomalous activity, the method includes collecting data from a plurality of data sources, wherein each data source generates a data stream; harmonizing each data stream using a computer processor so that the harmonized data is in a common format; generating behavior models based on the harmonized data using the computer processor; analyzing the harmonized data at a first level using the behavior models and the computer processor to generate meta-events, wherein the meta-events represent anomalous behavior; analyzing the meta-events at a second level using the computer processor to determine if an alert should be issued; and when an alert should be issued, displaying the alert is disclosed.. . ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/15/18 / #20180072396

Balloon altitude control system

One example includes an altitude control system arranged in a balloon. The system includes a transparent outer chamber configured to receive incident infrared radiation. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180069142

Photovoltaic solar cell with backside resonant waveguide

A solar cell has a backside resonant waveguide structure. The backside structure includes a plurality of resonant waveguides formed in or on a semiconductor-based light absorbing material and arranged in a pattern to cause laterally scattered light to be at least partially confined in the semiconductor-based light absorbing material.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180067193

Synthesized profile

A target identifier can be configured to determine a synthesized profile for a target based on active sensor data that characterizes a radio frequency (“rf”) signal reflected by the target and received at an active sensor system. The synthesized profile can characterize an estimated line of bearing (“lob”) and a radial speed (“rdot”) of the target relative to a passive sensor system. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180066961

Self-calibration of an inertial system

One embodiment describes an inertial system. The system includes a gyroscope system comprising a plurality of gyroscopes. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/08/18 / #20180065729

Quiet slat propeller

A propeller for an aircraft having a fuselage and a pair of fixed wings includes a mounting member secured to at least one wing. At least one blade is rotatably connected to each mounting member and has an airfoil shape. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180063605

System and method for providing a distributed directional aperture

A distributed directional aperture (dda) system provides the capability to receive and/or transmit signals, limiting that reception or transmission to a 3-dimensional beam. The dda system includes sensing and/or emitting array subsystems which comprise sensors and/or emitters distributed across, within, or under the skin of an aircraft, ship, ground vehicle, or fixed installation. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180062061

Superconductor device interconnect

A method is provided of forming a superconductor device interconnect structure. The method includes forming a first high temperature dielectric layer overlying a substrate, forming a base electrode in the first high temperature dielectric layer with the base electrode having a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first high temperature dielectric layer, and depositing a second high temperature dielectric layer over the first high temperature dielectric layer and the base electrode. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180060611

Apparatus and method for cross enclave information control

A method for cross enclave information control is provided including causing the transmission of an information packet between a plurality of information enclaves on a communication bus. A respective information enclave of the plurality of information enclaves is associated with a respective enclave guard of a plurality of enclave guards. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180053689

Preclean methodology for superconductor interconnect fabrication

A method is provided of forming a superconductor device interconnect structure. The method includes forming a first dielectric layer overlying a substrate, and forming a superconducting interconnect element in a first dielectric layer, such that the superconducting interconnect element has a top surface aligned with a top surface of the first dielectric layer to form a first interconnect layer. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/22/18 / #20180052211

Customized magnetic susceptibility materials

One example includes a method for fabricating a compound material. The method includes providing a first discrete material layer having a first thickness dimension. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/15/18 / #20180045565

Calibration target for hyperspectral image sensor

A calibration target for a hyperspectral image sensor can include a panel with a predetermined length and width. The calibration target can also include a dispersive fabric overlaying a surface of the panel that refracts and disperses light illuminated from an illumination source to provide light on a plurality of different spectral bands corresponding to spectral bands detectable by the hyperspectral image sensor.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180032894

Quantum operations with passive noise suppression

Systems and methods are provided for performing noise-resilient quantum operations. A set of control signals are applied to a system to provide a first hamiltonian for the system. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180032893

Quantum gates via multi-step adiabatic drag

Systems and methods are provided for performing a quantum gate operation. The system includes a first physical qubit, and a second physical qubit operatively coupled to the first physical qubit via a coupling mechanism. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/01/18 / #20180031373

Vibrating-mass gyroscope systems and method

One embodiment of the invention includes a vibrating-mass gyroscope system. The system includes a sensor system comprising a vibrating-mass and a plurality of electrodes coupled to the vibrating-mass that are configured to facilitate in-plane motion of the vibrating-mass. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180026633

Superconducting single-pole double-throw switch system

A superconducting switch system is provided that includes a filter network having a first squid coupled to a second squid via a common node, an input port coupled to the common node, a first output port coupled to the first squid, and a second output port coupled to the second squid. The superconducting switch system also includes a switch controller configured to control an amount of induced current through the first squid and the second squid to alternately switch the first and second squids between first inductance states in which a desired bandwidth portion of a signal provided at the input terminal passes to the first output terminal and is blocked from passing to the second output terminal, and second inductance states in which the desired bandwidth portion of the input signal passes to the second output terminal and is blocked from passing to the first output terminal.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180026148

Photovoltaic solar cell with backside resonant waveguide

A solar cell has a backside resonant waveguide structure. The backside structure includes a plurality of resonant waveguides formed in or on a semiconductor-based light absorbing material and arranged in a pattern to cause laterally scattered light to be at least partially confined in the semiconductor-based light absorbing material.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/25/18 / #20180024961

Reciprocal quantum logic (rql) serial data receiver system

One embodiment describes a reciprocal quantum logic (rql) receiver system. The rql system is configured to convert a serial input data stream provided from a serial data transmitter into an rql data stream. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/18/18 / #20180015451

Pipette travel limiting apparatus

An apparatus for limiting pipette head travel with respect to a ground surface, and for limiting insertion of a pipette into a tube, has a top surface including at least one aperture. Each aperture selectively and concurrently accepts a corresponding pipette head of a pipette device therethrough. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

12/21/17 / #20170365427

Pcm switch and method of making the same

One example includes a method for making a switch. The method includes forming an insulating layer over a substrate. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

12/14/17 / #20170357625

Event extraction from documents

Systems and methods are provided for indexing a document according to identified events. An event-based indexing system includes a source interface configured to receive the document from an associated data source and format the document for processing and an indexer configured to extract event mentions from the document, with a given event mention comprising a verb and at least one of a subject and an object of the verb. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170345895

Wrap around gate field effect transistor (wagfet)

A field effect transistor (fet) including a substrate, a plurality of semiconductor epitaxial layers deposited on the substrate, and a heavily doped gate layer deposited on the semiconductor layers. The fet also includes a plurality of castellation structures formed on the heavily doped gate layer and being spaced apart from each other, where each castellation structure includes at least one channel layer. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170343771

Mirror mounting assembly

An exemplary support structure for a planar faceplate includes ribs extending substantially perpendicular to a bottom surface of the planar faceplate. Spaced apart projections extend from the ribs towards the bottom surface of the planar faceplate and have distal ends that engage and are secured to the bottom surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170341727

Heat transfer utilizing vascular composites and field induced forces

A system includes a matrix material to remove heat from an object. The matrix material includes a plurality of vascular structures. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170332476

Resilient miniature integrated electrical connector

A resilient electrical connector assembly includes a base pcb and stacked layers of interconnected resilient conductive structures where each structure has at least two resilient conductive strips and at least two conductive contacts. One contact is integrated with a conductive path on the base pcb and another contact pad is positioned to establish a conductive path with a target pcb when the latter is mounted parallel to the base pcb. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170329883

Reciprocal quantum logic (rql) circuit simulation system

One example includes an rql circuit simulation system. The system includes a circuit design tool that facilitates user inputs to design an rql circuit design comprising at least one predetermined rql circuit design component. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328840

Optical fiber communications with composite structural monitoring

A method for detecting defects in a composite structure, such as in an aircraft structure, that includes sending an optical signal down an optical fiber embedded in the composite structure and analyzing the optical signal at a detector. If it is determined that the optical signal is turning on and off or an increase in the bit error rate is occurring at the detector, the composite structure may be delaminating or the composite structure may be somehow damaged. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170328716

Vision-aided aerial navigation

An aerial vehicle is navigated using vision-aided navigation that classifies regions of acquired still image frames as featureless or feature-rich, and thereby avoids expending time and computational resources attempting to extract and match false features from the featureless regions. The classification may be performed by computing a texture metric as by testing widths of peaks of the autocorrelation function of a region against a threshold, which may be an adaptive threshold, or by using a model that has been trained using a machine learning method applied to a training dataset comprising training images of featureless regions and feature-rich regions. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170325332

Bridging electronic inter-connector and corresponding connection method

An exemplary bridging inter-connector establishes electrical connections between conductors on a pcb and aligned conductors on a first board mounted to the pcb. A flexible non-conductive sheet covers at least a portion of these conductors. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170310028

Resilient miniature mechanical support that can also serve as an electrical connector

An exemplary miniature support has upper and lower spaced-apart engagement surfaces each having at least a portion that are parallel to each other. Two supports each with an end supporting the upper engagement surface and another end supporting the lower engagement surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

10/12/17 / #20170291683

Deployable wing for an aircraft

An apparatus for selectively increasing a wing area of an aircraft having a fuselage with an interior space includes an inflatable wing moveable between a stowed condition located in the interior space and a deployed condition located outside the interior space. A plurality of reels is secured to the aircraft. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

10/05/17 / #20170288045

Multichannel devices with improved performance and methods of making the same

A transistor device is provided that comprises a base structure, and a superlattice structure overlying the base structure and comprising a multichannel ridge having sloping sidewalls. The multichannel ridge comprises a plurality of heterostructures that each form a channel of the multichannel ridge, wherein a parameter of at least one of the heterostructures is varied relative to other heterostructures of the plurality of heterostructures. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

10/05/17 / #20170284802

Vibrating-mass gyroscope systems and method

A vibrating-mass gyroscope system includes a substantially planar vibrating-mass including opposite first and second surfaces and electrodes that extend longitudinally in a periodic pattern across the first and/or second surfaces. The electrodes include sets of drive and sense electrodes that are capacitively coupled to respective matching sets of drive and sense electrodes associated with a housing and which are separated from and facing the respective first and second surfaces. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170280252

Optical microphone system

One embodiment includes an optical microphone system. The system includes a laser configured to emit an optical beam at a linear polarization and an optical cavity system comprising a membranous mirror that is configured to reflect the optical beam and to vibrate in response to an acoustic input signal. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170279207

Resilient miniature mechanical support that can also serve as an electrical connector

An exemplary miniature support has upper and lower spaced-apart engagement surfaces each having at least a portion that are parallel to each other. Two supports each with an end supporting the upper engagement surface and another end supporting the lower engagement surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170276741

Optical pump beam control in a sensor system

One example includes a sensor system. A cell system includes a pump laser which generates a pump beam to polarize alkali metal vapor enclosed within a sensor cell. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170276698

Accelerometer sensor system

Embodiments of the invention include an accelerometer system. The system includes an accelerometer sensor comprising first and second electrode configurations and an inertial mass between the first and second electrode configurations. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170272283

Parallelizable reduced state sequence estimation via bcjr algorithm

An apparatus and method for optimizing the performance of satellite communication system receivers by using the soft-input soft-output (siso) bcjr (bahl, cocke, jelinek and raviv) algorithm to detect a transmitted information sequence is disclosed. A sliding window technique is used with a plurality of reduced state sequence estimation (rsse) equalizers to execute the bcjr algorithm in parallel. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170271114

Printed mems switch

A method for fabricating an mems switch including providing a substrate and printing at least one metal bias electrode, at least one metal connection pad and at least one metal contact pad on the substrate. The method then prints a sacrificial layer on the substrate and over the at least one bias electrode, and prints a flexible beam structure on the sacrificial layer. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170269122

Dynamic self-calibration of an accelerometer system

One embodiment includes a method for dynamic self-calibration of an accelerometer system. The method includes forcing a proof-mass associated with a sensor of the accelerometer system in a first direction to a first predetermined position and obtaining a first measurement associated with the sensor in the first predetermined position via at least one force/detection element of the sensor. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170261149

Multidirectionally deflectable mounting apparatus and method

A multidirectionally deflectable engine mounting apparatus includes a laterally oriented base surface and a longitudinally extending elongate shaft having a laterally oriented shaft flange. The shaft flange is longitudinally adjacent to the base surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170260973

Electrically activated pivot assembly

An exemplary rotational assembly includes a base having a circular collar and first and second arms that rotate about the circular collar in opposite angular directions. In a stored state the arms have substantially the same angle relative to the circular collar; in a deployed state the arms have rotated into opposing positions. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170259918

Dual-aircraft system

One example includes a dual-aircraft system. The system includes a glider aircraft configured to perform at least one mission objective in a gliding-flight mode during a mission objective stage. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170259907

Elastomeric transition

An elastomeric transition for spanning a gap between first and second surfaces on an aircraft includes an elastomeric skin. A first skin edge is configured for attachment to the first surface and a second skin edge is configured for attachment to the second surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170255580

Multi-modal input system for a computer system

One example includes a computer system. Ports each receive signals corresponding to an interface input associated with user physical interaction provided via an interface device in one of disparate input modes. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170254929

Starshade with attributes facilitating assembly

An exemplary starshade comprises a tensegrity truss structure having a central hub with radially extending, telescoping booms. Telescoping tension struts connected to the central hub and booms provide a compressive force on the booms during final truss deployment. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170254664

4d temporal data structures for visualization of alternative mission plans over time

A non-transitory computer readable medium having computer executable instructions stored thereon is provided. The computer executable instructions include a mission definition file (mdf) that includes mission data that describes alternative routes generated by at least one mission planner for a vehicle. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170254622

Aircraft force multiplication

A manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (uavs) fly on a mission as a team. The uavs carry additional weapons and/or munitions that can be controlled by the manned aircraft. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/24/17 / #20170243567

Mission monitoring system

One example includes a mission monitoring system. The system includes a data store configured to store map data associated with a geographic region of interest and a plurality of graphical elements corresponding to at least one mission asset and to mission constraints. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170237143

Cavity resonator with thermal compensation

An exemplary cavity resonator has a resonant frequency and includes a conductive body containing a cavity and a plate attached to the body enclosing the cavity. The position of a conductive tuning mechanism that protrudes into the cavity affects the tuning of the resonant frequency of the cavity resonator. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170233070

Vertical takeoff and landing (vtol) unmanned aerial vehicle (uav)

One example embodiment includes a vertical takeoff and landing (vtol) unmanned aerial vehicle (uav). The vtol uav includes a flight control system configured to provide avionic control of the vtol uav in a hover mode and in a level-flight mode. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/10/17 / #20170229167

Timing control in a quantum memory system

One embodiment describes a quantum memory system. The system includes an array controller that comprises a plurality of flux pumps configured to provide write currents in a write operation and read currents in a read operation with respect to a plurality of quantum memory cells, the array controller being configured to control timing associated with the write operation and the read operation in response to memory request signals based on application of the write currents and the read currents and based on recharging flux associated with the plurality of flux pumps.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170223838

Large-scale reconfigurable electronics using low-cost nanoparticle ink printing method

A method of manufacturing electronics using a nanoparticle ink printing method includes: synthesizing a phase change material (pcm) ink composition using hot injection to develop nanoparticles of the pcm; suspending the nanoparticles with a solvent; and printing a reconfigurable component using the pcm ink composition in additive manufacturing. Electronics includes: a substrate layer; an insulator layer printed on top of the substrate layer; a heater layer printed on top of the insulator layer; a barrier layer printed on top of one or more of the insulator layer and the heater layer; a phase change material (pcm) printed on top of the barrier layer; a connectivity layer printed on top of the pcm; and a passivation layer printed on top of one or more of the pcm and the connectivity layer.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170222292

Voltage controlled tunable filter

An apparatus includes a top conductive layer of on an integrated circuit waveguide filter and a bottom conductive layer. The top and bottom conductive layers are coupled via a plurality of couplers that form an outline of the waveguide filter. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170215286

Resilient micro lattice electrical interconnection assembly

In an exemplary method, three dimensional printing forms a micro lattice truss structure with a first end formed in contact with a conductive area on a pcb so that the truss structure is adhered to the conductive area due to the three dimensional printing. The truss structure extends outward from the pcb and has a distal end. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170213466

Maneuver planning with higher order rational bezier curves

Systems and methods are provided for generating a maneuver on a propagated route for an unmanned vehicle from a series of waypoints. A planner interface is configured to receive the waypoints and at least one parameter representing constraints on the propagated route of the unmanned vehicle. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170213465

Terrain profile system

One example includes a terrain profile system. A data store stores map data of a geographic region of interest and dted. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170212860

Tunable bus-mediated coupling between remote qubits

A tunable bus-mediated coupling system is provided that includes a first input port coupled to a first end of a variable inductance coupling element through a first resonator and a second input port coupled to a second end of the variable inductance coupling element through a second resonator. The first input port is configured to be coupled to a first qubit, and the second output port is configured to be coupled to a second qubit. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170207507

Terahertz filter tuning

A terahertz waveguide bandpass filter block assembly including a waveguide iris filter, a pedestal block having a pedestal channel including a first one-half portion of the iris filter, and a cover block having a cover channel including a second one-half portion of the iris filter, where the first and second one-half portions combine to define the iris filter having a plurality of poles when the pedestal block and the cover block are secured together. The assembly also includes first and second ribbon strips positioned on opposing sides and adjacent to the iris filter between the pedestal block and the cover block, where a compression force between the pedestal block and the cover block compresses the first and second ribbon strips and sets an “a” dimension of the iris filter to tune the filter to a frequency band of interest.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170205492

Geolocation of beyond los hf emitters

An apparatus having processing circuitry configured to estimate beyond line-of-sight emitter location may be configured to receive signal information indicative of tdoa and fdoa measurements at a first receiver and a second receiver. The signal information may be generated based on indirect wave signals received from the emitter at each of the first and second receivers. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170205476

Combined electron paramagnetic resonance (epr) and nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr) magnetometer system

One embodiment of the invention includes a magnetometer system. The system includes a sensor cell comprising alkali metal particles and a probe laser configured to provide a probe beam through the sensor cell. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/13/17 / #20170200305

Federated system mission management

One example includes a federated system manager. Asset adapters receive situational awareness data from a respective plurality of mission assets and convert the situational awareness data into a central data format. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/13/17 / #20170197700

Electric distributed propulsion and high lift system

An electric propulsion and lift system for an aircraft that includes a plurality of electric motor/propeller assemblies on the flaps of the aircraft so that when the flaps are deflected for take-off and landings, the propellers are directed downward to provide thrust for power lift and increased airflow over the wing for aerodynamic lift. The motor/propeller assemblies are spaced apart and positioned along the entire length of the flaps to provide a distributed airflow.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170195458

Middleware abstraction layer (mal)

A middleware abstraction layer (mal) that can include a plurality of middleware application programming interfaces (apis). Each of the plurality of middleware apis can be configured to implement a common programming paradigm for a plurality of different service platforms. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170194527

Nano avalanche photodiode architecture for photon detection

An integrated circuit includes a substrate material that includes an epitaxial layer, wherein the substrate material and the epitaxial layer form a first semiconductor material with the epitaxial layer having a first conductivity type. At least one nanowire comprising a second semiconductor material having a second conductivity type doped differently than the first conductivity type of the first semiconductor material forms a junction crossing region with the first semiconductor material. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170192100

Digital beam-forming for simultaneously mitigating weak and strong interference in a navigation system

An adaptive cascaded electronic protection processing system for global navigation satellite system (gnss) threat mitigation is provided. The system includes a precorrelation characterization component configured to provide at least one parameter characterizing a plurality of received signals. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187167

Method for mode control in multimode semiconductor waveguide lasers

One embodiment is a wide stripe semiconductor waveguide, which is cleaved at a talbot length thereof, the wide stripe semiconductor waveguide having facets with mirror coatings. A system provides for selective pumping the wide stripe semiconductor waveguide to create and support a talbot mode. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170174315

Dynamic conformal aerodynamic seal (cas) for aircraft control surfaces

A dynamic conformal aerodynamic seal that bridges the gap between an aircraft control surface and an aircraft wing, stabilizer or tail. The seal has a first edge and a second edge, where the first edge of the seal is rigidly coupled to the aircraft wing, stabilizer or tail and the second edge of the seal is slidably coupled to the control surface by magnetic coupling so that when the control surface pivots relative to the aircraft wing, stabilizer or tail, the second edge of the seal slides along the control surface.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170174314

Wing fold mechanism

An aircraft with a wing assembly includes a wing extending from the aircraft along a span wise centerline and having a first and second portions that define an interior space. A wing fold mechanism includes at least one linkage that connects the first portion to the second portion. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170166721

Compressible, thermally-conductive, removable nanocomposite gasket

A compressible, thermally-conductive, removable nanocomposite gasket includes: a nanocomposite foam; and a nanoparticle filler, wherein the nanocomposite foam has a filler loading of less than approximately 20%. A compressible, thermally-conductive, removable nanocomposite gasket includes: a nanocomposite foam; a nanoparticle filler; and a metallic mesh embedded in the foam wherein the nanocomposite foam has a filler loading of less than approximately 20%.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170162513

Non-oxide based dielectrics for superconductor devices

A method of forming a superconductor device is provided. The method includes depositing a non-oxide based dielectric layer over a substrate, depositing a photoresist material layer over the non-oxide based dielectric layer, irradiating and developing the photoresist material layer to form a via pattern in the photoresist material layer, and etching the non-oxide based dielectric layer to form openings in the non-oxide based dielectric layer based on the via pattern. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170157851

Device and method for 3d printing with long-fiber reinforcement

A process and device for 3d printing parts incorporating long-fiber reinforcements in an advanced composite material is disclosed. A nozzle for a 3d printing device receives a polymer material and a reinforcing fiber through separate inlets. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170142856

Circuit card rack system and method

A method of maintaining a circuit card in a card rack and a circuit card rack system are disclosed. A card rack including a laterally oriented clamping slot is provided. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170142836

Circuit card assembly and method of providing same

A circuit card assembly includes a substrate having longitudinally spaced first and second substrate end edges and transversely spaced top and bottom substrate surfaces. The top and/or bottom substrate surface has first, second, and third substrate regions. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170142820

Apparatus and method for providing a temperature-differential circuit card environment

An apparatus for, and method of, providing a desired temperature-differential circuit card environment includes a plurality of card units. Each card unit comprises a first thermal plate having front and back first plate sides oriented in a lateral-longitudinal plane, the first thermal plate operating at a first plate temperature. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170141909

Broadband distributed amplifier based active duplexer

A system includes a transmitter to drive a transmission signal via a first and second transmission line. One half of the transmission signal is applied to the first transmission line and the other half of the transmission signal is applied to the second transmission line. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170141769

Josephson transmission line (jtl) system

One embodiment describes a josephson transmission line (jtl) system. The system includes a plurality of jtl stages that are arranged in series. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170132767

Artificial vision system

One aspect of the present invention includes artificial vision system. The system includes an image system comprising a video source that is configured to capture sequential frames of image data of non-visible light and at least one processor configured as an image processing system. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170131399

Two-way coded aperture three-dimensional radar imaging

A two-way coded aperture radar imaging system is disclosed. The system includes an antenna reflector and a radar signal transceiver configured to generate sequential radar transmission signals and receive a plurality of respective reflected radar signals. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170129254

System and method for onboard data tracking

A method and apparatus for embedding critical data directly onboard a physical asset is disclosed. Since the critical data and the asset are never separated, accurate and timely data pertinent to the asset travels with it, and may be written, read, and updated. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170124448

Concurrent uncertainty management system

A system includes a physical layer that a plurality of data structures that represents a plurality of physical input data associated with product materials, assemblies, and operational use of a product of interest over various stages of product lifetime. The system includes reasoning model layer to process the data structures for the respective product stages to determine uncertainty descriptor data (udd) for each product stage. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170124263

Workflow and interface manager for a learning health system

A personalized healthcare system may include a data platform, an analytics platform, a workflow engine and a visualization engine. The data platform is scalable to include a plurality of data sources including at least a clinical research database, genomic data, and a patient health record database. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170121009

Thermal protection system and method

A system and method for restricting thermal transfer between an ambient space and a substructure include providing an inner mold line side (iml) surface to the substructure. A plurality of clevises extends upward from the iml surface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170106565

Continuous fiber filament for fused deposition modeling (fdm) additive manufactured (am) structures

A system and method for producing a uniform continuous fiber filament. The system and method include a fiber tow with an axial magnet attached to an end of the fiber tow, a polymer tube, and a radial magnet that fits around a circumference of the polymer tube. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170104695

Superconducting cross-bar switch system

A superconducting cross-bar switch system comprises a first input port coupled to a first output port through a first variable inductance coupling element, and a second output port through a third variable inductance coupling element, and a second input port coupled to the first output port through a second variable inductance coupling element, and the second output port through a fourth variable inductance coupling element. A switch controller controls the setting of the cross-bar switch between a bar state and a cross state by changing the variable inductance coupling elements between opposing inductance states. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170102445

Signal direction processing for an antenna array

Systems and methods are provided for determining a direction of a signal received at an antenna array. An antenna array includes a plurality of antenna elements, including a reference element. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

04/06/17 / #20170097640

Autonomous vehicle control system

One example includes an autonomous vehicle control system. The system includes an operational plan controller to maintain operational plans that each correspond to a predetermined set of behavioral characteristics of an associated autonomous vehicle based on situational awareness data provided from on-board sensors of the autonomous vehicle and mission control data provided from a user interface. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170094227

Three-dimensional spatial-awareness vision system

A three-dimensional spatial-awareness vision system includes video sensor system(s) mounted to a monitoring platform and having a field of view to monitor a scene of interest and provide real-time video data corresponding to real-time video images. A memory stores model data associated with a rendered three-dimensional virtual representation of the monitoring platform. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170085274

Wideband inp digital-to-analog converter integrated with a sige clock distribution network

A digital-to-analog converter (dac) including a dac core circuit having a plurality of input lines each being responsive to a digital bit input signal and an output line outputting a converted analog signal of the digital bits. The dac also includes a clock circuit responsive to a clock input signal at one frequency and outputting a clock output signal at another frequency. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170081012

High altitude balloon with altitude control

A high altitude balloon including a balloon film, a lifting gas disposed within the balloon film, a payload operably coupled to the balloon film, and a heat transfer element operably coupled between the payload and the balloon film configured to transfer heat from the payload to the lifting gas causing a change in buoyancy of the high altitude balloon.. . ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170081011

High altitude balloon with a payload separation assembly

A high altitude balloon including a payload, a balloon film with lifting gas disposed within the balloon film, a sealing ring operably coupled to the balloon film, a retention element configured to retain the payload in contact with the sealing ring, and a release element configured to cause the retention element to release the payload.. . ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170066202

Composite tool moisture/wrinkle barrier

A method for fabricating a carbon fiber composite part, for example, a sun shield structural assembly on a satellite. The composite part is fabricated on a carbon fiber/bismaleimide (bmi) composite tool, where a moisture barrier is positioned on the tool prior to carbon fiber part ply layers being positioned on the tool to prevent moisture from the tool from entering the part. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170064224

Detection circuit and method to mitigate 1/f noise in single detectors and in image sensors

A circuit includes an input capacitor that stores charge based on a current received from a photodetector during a bias phase of the photodetector. The stored charge on the input capacitor is sampled during the sampling phase to determine an amount of light captured by the photodetector. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170062925

Monolithic phased-array antenna system

One embodiment describes a phased-array antenna system that is formed as a monolithic structure of a unitary conductive material. The system includes a ground plane and a plurality of antenna transformer elements formed in an array and conductively coupled to a first surface of the ground plane. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170062107

Superconducting switch system

A superconducting switch system is provided that includes a filter network having an input portion and an output portion, and a variable inductance coupling element that couples the input portion to the output portion. The variable inductance coupling element has a first inductance that allows a desired portion of an input signal to pass from the input portion to the output portion as an output signal, and a second inductance state that suppresses the input signal from passing from the input portion to the output portion. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170057155

Method and system for reinforcing a workpiece

A system is described for reinforcing a thermoplastic workpiece including a subject surface and an underlying workpiece body volume. At least one substantially linear z-pin having proximal and distal pin ends longitudinally separated by a pin body is provided. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170053045

Reciprocal quantum logic (rql) circuit synthesis

One embodiment of the invention includes a method for generating a reciprocal quantum logic (rql) circuit design via a synthesis tool. The method includes providing data associated with behavior and constraints of the rql circuit design and a component library to the synthesis tool. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170048003

Optical receiver sensitivity system

A system includes a detector array having a plurality of level detectors to monitor an optical input signal. Each level detector of the detector array operates in a different operating range, and each operating range for each level detector has a different saturation level and a different cutoff level based on a power level of the optical input signal. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170041587

Dynamically adjustable situational awareness interface for control of unmanned vehicles

An apparatus includes an image collection module that monitors at least one parameter to dynamically regulate an amount of data and resolution to be allocated to at least one object in a scene collected from an image data set. A situational awareness interface (sai) renders a 3-d video of the scene to an operator based on the amount of data and resolution allocated from the image data set by the image collection module and receives operator commands for an unmanned vehicle (uv) that interacts with the scene.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170038341

Specially designed phased array transducer for the inspection of fastener holes and adjacent structure without the removal of the fastener

A phased array transducer for inspecting a fastener hole and adjacent structure to identify defects and determine hole integrity without removing the fastener from the hole. The phased array transducer includes a plurality of transducer elements, where one of the transducer elements is used to align the transducer to the hole, one group of the remaining transducer elements inspects the entire thickness of the structure at one side of the fastener and another group of the remaining transducer elements inspects the entire thickness of the structure at an opposite side of the fastener.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170037971

Robust metallic gasket for leak tight fittings in cryogenic applications

A gasket seal that has particular application for hermetically sealing a helium gas-tight joint for a cryogenic application on a spacecraft. The gasket seal is made of a metal, such as titanium, vanadium, zirconium, erbium or alloys thereof, and/or has an elastic modulus in the range of 0.5-0.7 relative to stainless steel and a coefficient of thermal expansion in the range of 0.5-0.8 relative to stainless steel.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170036232

Smart technologies automated coatings

A system and method for applying coatings to an object in a spray booth. The system and method include at least one robot that is operable to spray a coating on the object and at least one robot that includes a non-contact metrology sensor that is capable of measuring the object to determine the exact location of the object and the exact shape of the object. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170034214

Apparatus and method for cross enclave information control

A method for cross enclave information control is provided including causing the transmission of an information packet between a plurality of information enclaves on a communication bus. A respective information enclave of the plurality of information enclaves is associated with a respective enclave guard of a plurality of enclave guards. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170033809

Non-linear transmitter pre-coding

A method for pre-coding a digital signal in a transmitter associated with a digital communications system to remove non-linear distortions. The method converts digital bits to be transmitted to a transmit constellation including symbols defining a plurality of the bits and subtracting a modeled constellation from the transmit constellation to provide a pre-coded constellation. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170031446

Multi-sensor control system and method for remote signaling control of unmanned vehicles

An apparatus includes a wearable device having a multi-sensor detector to sense operator gestures directed at an unmanned vehicle (uv). The multi-sensor detector includes at least two sensors to detect motion and direction of the operator gestures with respect to operator hand movement, operator hand movement with respect to the earth, rotational movement of the operator hand, and finger movement on the operator hand. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030441

Flex-drive hinge actuator

A flex-drive actuator for a satellite boom hinge or other hinge applications. Using a motor-driven cog and a unique drive chain, the hinge can be reversibly driven between open and closed positions, thereby deploying or stowing the boom and attached payload. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030339

Hybrid power system

Heat from a safe high energy density fuel, such as aluminum, is used to generate electrical power. In some applications, the fuel may use seawater as an oxidizer. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170029275

Visible/infrared absorber vertically aligned carbon nanotube nanocomposite applique

A method for making a vertically aligned carbon nanotube (vacnt) nanocomposite applique includes: growing a vacnt array on a substrate; treating the vacnt array with a polymer solution; performing one or more of curing and drying the polymer; and etching a surface of the polymer-vacnt nanocomposite to remove some of the polymer and to expose a portion of the vacnt. A vertically aligned carbon nanotube (vacnt) nanocomposite applique includes: a vacnt array; and a polymer solution with which the vacnt array is treated, wherein a surface of the polymer-vacnt nanocomposite is etched so as to do one or more of removing some of the polymer and exposing a portion of the vacnt.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170029105

Coupling mechanism for aircraft

A device for connecting an aircraft to a tether secured to the ground includes an attachment mechanism secured to the tether. The attachment mechanism includes a projection having at least one opening. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170029091

Propeller having extending outer blade

A propeller includes a hub coaxially surrounding a longitudinal axis. A ring shroud coaxially surrounds the longitudinal axis and is spaced radially from the hub. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170021909

Advanced lock design for ball-lock devices

A ball-lock type fastening device for connecting a work piece to a structure is disclosed. The fastening device includes a number of features designed to improve the reliability, repeatability and strength of the locking mechanism compared to traditional ball-lock fasteners. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170018716

Method for growing carbon nanotubes

A method of forming carbon nanotubes (cnts) is disclosed. The method includes dispersing a plurality of substantially semiconductor pure carbon nanotube (cnt) seeds on a substrate to provide a seeded substrate, ozonating the seeded substrate to remove defects on end faces of the plurality of substantially semiconductor pure cnt seeds, and growing carbon extensions on the end faces of the plurality of substantially semiconductor pure cnts seeds to form a plurality of substantially pure cnts.. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170018597

Waveguide and semiconductor packaging

A method and apparatus for integrating individual iii-v mmics into a micromachined waveguide package is disclosed. Mmics are screened prior to integration, allowing only known-good die to be integrated, leading to increased yield. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170017742

Reciprocal quantum logic (rql) circuit simulation system

One example includes an rql circuit simulation system. The system includes a circuit design tool that facilitates user inputs to design an rql circuit design comprising at least one predetermined rql circuit design component. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170015413

Magrail, bleed air driven lift fan

A lift fan for use in short takeoff and vertical landing (stovl) aircraft is disclosed and claimed. The lift fan is driven by bleed air from a main engine of the aircraft and may be controlled by an electromagnet. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170014848

Apparatus and method for restricting spray coating deposition

An apparatus for selectively restricting deposition of a spray coating on a substrate surface includes at least one substrate-contacting stabilizer with a lower stabilizer surface which is selectively attachable to the substrate surface. A restrictor fin has a fin body having longitudinally separated upper and lower fin surfaces. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170005026

Nanoparticle thermal interface agents for reducing thermal conductance resistance

A thermal interface material (tim) using high thermal conductivity nano-particles, particularly ones with large aspect ratios, for enhancing thermal transport across boundary or interfacial layers that exist at bulk material interfaces is disclosed. At least one of the interfacial layers is a vertically aligned metal nanowire array. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170003388

Generating a map conveying the probability of detecting terrestrial targets

An exemplary computer implemented digital image processing method conveys probabilities of detecting terrestrial targets from an observation aircraft. Input data defining an observation aircraft route relative to the geographical map with lines of communications (loc) disposed thereon are received and stored as well as input data associated an aircraft sensor's targeting capabilities and attributes related to the capability of targets to be detected. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170001705

Rotary ball lock latching mechanism

A latching mechanism is provided for engaging an aircraft surface panel to a support member. The aircraft panel is provided with a post extending from the lower surface, which extends through a panel support member into a post engagement mechanism. ... Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation








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