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Rigid Tube Stabilizer System (RTSS)
The invention is a rigid tube stabilizer system (RTSS) and three-ring release system to deploy RTSS to prevent entanglement with a drogue parachute during main canopy deployment. The RTSS unit is placed on the front of an individual who hand-deploys the system, activating a rigid tube that disallows entanglement with the system webbing, promoting free...
Published: 7/2/2024   |   Inventor(s): Trent Tresch
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering
Modeling and Control of a New Deformable Copter-Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
This invention contains motion and control models for a deformable copter-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (DCU). These models expand a drone’s capabilities of safe and aggressive deformation in constrained environments and enable tracking control that is decomposed into force and altitude controls and presented as quadratic programming problems....
Published: 5/2/2024   |   Inventor(s): Hossein Rastgoftar
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Autonomous/Intelligent Vehicle Compone, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering
Method for Line of Sight Bias for Missile Guidance
This innovation uses a deep learning algorithm to learn a curvature parameterization to apply to the line-of-sight unit vector provided by a missile guidance navigation system. In one implementation the bias is computed using a deep neural network with a recurrent layer which allows the network to predict future target behavior from the history of target...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Brian Gaudet, Roberto Furfaro
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Software & Information Technology, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering
Shape Memory Alloy Tether System
The shape memory alloy reacts to changes in temperature by changing its initial shape into a predetermined (learnt) shape. This effect can be controlled by the system to perform a progressive envelopment of an intended target in a microgravity environment. The system has no dependency on mechanical components. This avoids system complexity, reduces...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): David Vargas, Leonard Vance, Jekan Thangavelautham
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics
Sequential Control of Electromagnets for CubeSat Docking Attitude Alignment
The technology is a new method of sequential control of electromagnets in the application of autonomous docking using two CubeSat (miniature satellites). This is done with the help of active illumination signals through LED lights that are installed on two different CubeSats which helps for target identification in both CubeSats. Once the target identification...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Virupakshan Vilvanathan, Athip Thirupathi Raj, Leonard Vance, Eniko Enikov
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences
A Robotic Space Station System for a Modular Surveying Telescope
This invention outlines a new robotic observation space station concept. It is assembled in space by docking standardized CubeSats with telescope payloads, forming a rotating truss-like structure that is suitable for full sky surveys. Station reconfiguration is incorporated into operations to respond to multi-mission requirements and follow-up observations. The...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Athip Thirupathi Raj, Adrien Bouskela, Jekan Thangavelautham, Sergey Shkarayev
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics
Small Satellite Docking Adapter for Power Transfer and Structural Applications
The invention is a small satellite docking adapter that can be used to assemble larger spacecraft, large structures, and transfer resources such as power. The docking adapter can be used to mate two objects in space that would otherwise be at different angles or are spatially misaligned. The invention also includes a software for CubeSats called Adapter...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Athip Thirupathi Raj, Nicolas Gross
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation
Small Spacecraft & Small Robot Lighting System for Navigation, Identification and Communications
Spacecraft Optimized Lighting-communications Architecture for Robust Integrated Systems (SOLARIS) is a framework that utilizes advanced lighting and software to enhance communications, tracking, navigation, and security in small spacecraft and robotic systems such as rovers, CubeSats, and more. The framework outlines an entire system to integrate lighting...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Athip Thirupathi Raj, Jaret Rickel, Roshan Adhikari
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Communications & Networking, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Displays
Reconfigurable Space Telescope for Long Duration Observations
This invention is a reconfigurable space telescope with the capabilities of a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. The invention has deployable structures and mechanisms for optical reconfiguration and is able to switch the focal length of its primary optics, allowing for both wide field surveying and targeted observations for near earth observations and space...
Published: 4/23/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Athip Thirupathi Raj, Adrien Bouskela, Sergey Shkarayev, Roshan Adhikari
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Displays
Distributed Computer Processing Networks for Lunar Bases and Space Stations
This invention comprises systems and methods for a hyper-redundant distributed computing and communication network that can permeate base infrastructures and heal from local damage. Modular components are used to collect, process, store, and communicate information in a distributed fashion. The networks can make localized decisions independently and...
Published: 2/12/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Jackson Qiu, Sivaperuman Muniyasamy
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Communications & Networking > Networking
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