DRS SUSTAINMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
|DRS SUSTAINMENT SYSTEMS, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150285660||AZ/EL GIMBAL HOUSING CHARACTERIZATION - Methods, devices, and systems are presented for calibrating or otherwise correcting the pointing accuracy of a gimbal. Measurements of the actual planes of rotation of each of a gimbal's rotatable elements is made using an off-board measurement device, such as a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). The measurements from the off-board device can be combined with those from native, on-board gimbal sensors of the rotation angles at which the planes are tilted/pitched with respect to their nominal planes of rotation. Information representing the error vectors between the nominal and actual planes of rotation is stored and used for correcting the pointing accuracy of the gimbal. The corrected pointing vector of the gimbal can be combined with measurements from an inertial measurement unit (INU) and rangefinder in order to accurately determine a geographic target position to which the gimbal points.||10-08-2015|
|20150153128||OPERATIONAL CONTROL LOGIC FOR HARMONIZED TURRET WITH GIMBALED SUB-SYSTEMS - Methods, computer-readable media, and systems are disclosed for controlling a turret assembly with two or more gimbaled, swivel assembly sub-systems, such as a gimbaled gun and a gimbaled electro-optical sensor. The turret can be automatically slewed in response to one of the swivel assemblies rotating. A user can switch turret modes reflecting a priority between the gimbaled sub-systems system so that one takes priority over the other(s) during a mission.||06-04-2015|
|20150082877||METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DETERMINING THE VOLUME OF A SUBSTANCE IN A FLEXIBLE TANK - A flexible storage container may have a first footprint when empty, and retracts to a second footprint when filled with a substance. A load sensing apparatus used for determining the volume of the substance in the flexible storage container can include a first set of load-sensitive sensors arranged in at least a region of the first footprint external to the second footprint, and a second set of load-sensitive sensors arranged within the second footprint. The sensor data from the load-sensitive sensors can be used to create a pressure level profile, and the volume of the substance contained in the flexible storage container can be calculated from the pressure level profile.||03-26-2015|
|20150059567||HARMONIZED TURRET WITH MULTIPLE GIMBALED SUB-SYSTEMS - Multiple independently gimbaled devices, such as an electro-optical sensor and machine gun, are mounted to a rotating platform on a vehicle. The platform can rotate to prevent one device from blocking the other while aiming at an off-board location. A control system can harmonize the rotation of the device gimbals and rotating platform so that they remain pointed at the same location. The platform can be rotated to place a firing weapon downwind of a sensor or otherwise compensate for effects of one on the other.||03-05-2015|
|20150025801||GYRO DRIFT CANCELATION - Methods, devices, and systems are presented for compensating for gyroscopic drift in a stabilized gimbal system mounted on a vehicle. When the vehicle is parked and the gimbal is not being commanded to move by an operator, encoders or resolvers of the gimbal stabilized system are read and periodically read thereafter. When the vehicle begins to move or the gimbal is commanded to move, the last periodic reading of the resolvers is used to determine the amount that the gimbal has moved during the rest period. A gyroscopic drift rate is computed by dividing the amount of angular movement by the time period between the readings, and the gyroscopic drift rate is used for corrections while the vehicle is moving or gimbal is commanded to move. Each time the vehicle stops, the gyroscopic drift rate is re-computed and updated. The gyroscope can be heated until the drift rate is constant with respect to temperature, further helping the calibration.||01-22-2015|
|20140283675||OPERATIONAL CONTROL LOGIC FOR HARMONIZED TURRET WITH GIMBALED SUB-SYSTEMS - Methods are disclosed for controlling a turret assembly with two or more gimbaled, swivel assembly sub-systems, such as a gimbaled gun and a gimbaled electro-optical sensor. The turret can be automatically slewed in response to one of the swivel assemblies rotating. A user can switch turret modes reflecting a priority between the gimbaled sub-systems system so that one takes priority over the other(s) during a mission.||09-25-2014|
|20140058581||DYNAMIC AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM PERFORMANCE PREDICTION METHODOLOGY - Methods and apparatuses are presented for optimizing performance of a base vehicle platform (e.g. an automobile) and operating the base vehicle platform without human intervention. Some embodiments may receive base vehicle platform data indicative of at least one performance characteristic of the base vehicle platform. Some embodiments may also receive environmental conditions data indicative of at least one characteristic of at least one weather condition or terrain condition, and receive base sensor data from at least one base sensor indicative of at least one up-to-date environmental condition or base vehicle platform condition. Embodiments may then generate at least one module based on the base vehicle platform data, the environmental conditions data, and the base sensor data, such that the at least one module operates the base vehicle platform without human intervention, and dynamically modifies at least one base vehicle platform performance characteristic without human reconfiguration.||02-27-2014|
|20130285447||GENERALIZED SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR PERIPHERAL CONNECTIVITY AND CONTROL - Generally, systems, devices, and methods for a generalized architecture for power and networking in robotic systems is presented. On a robotic chassis, a branching cable harness routes multiple power connections and communications interfaces from an onboard computer and multiple power supplies to various locations on the chassis. Each branch carries all the power and communications connections that are needed by various peripherals, and all the branches terminate with identical connectors. A custom patch cable for each peripheral, such as a camera, taps the appropriate power and communications interfaces from the branches for the peripheral. The peripherals can be relocated on the chassis by unplugging their respective patch cables from the central cable, relocating, and then plugged the patch cables into the nearest branch.||10-31-2013|
|20120249827||Method for Image Processing of High-Bit Depth Sensors - High-bit depth sensors often capture more information then can be displayed on a commercially available display. Due to this, image processing systems and methods are disclosed to ensure that as much information as possible is presented to a user in a meaningful and statistically significant manner. The image processing systems and methods disclosed herein allow a user to view and process data that would otherwise be invisible to the user.||10-04-2012|
|20120215489||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATIONAL VERIFICATION OF A MISSILE APPROACH WARNING SYSTEM - A coupler that generates and emits a simulated missile signature for assessing the operational capability of a missile approach warning system. The coupler may be directly attached to the system by an adapter. Couplers may be used in multiplicity, simultaneously or sequentially. The simulated signature may be digitally stored, as may be the results of the assessment. Simulated signatures may also be generated from freeform. The coupler also performs sensitivity testing.||08-23-2012|
|20110293482||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPERCRITICAL WATER REFORMATION OF FUELS AND GENERATION OF HYDROGEN USING SUPERCRITICAL WATER - A system for reforming diesel fuel into hydrogen including feeds for water and diesel fuel, a supercritical water (SCW) reactor in fluid communication with the water feed and the diesel fuel, at least one pre-heater in thermal communication with the water feed, the diesel fuel feed that is configured to heat water from the water feed and diesel fuel from the diesel fuel feed to a predetermined temperature equal to or greater than the critical temperature of water before the water and the diesel fuel are mixed, a water-gas shift (WGS) reactor, and a hydrogen capturing system, where the SCW reactor reforms the diesel fuel into a synthesis gas comprising a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide and outputs the synthesis gas, the synthesis gas output by the SCW reactor is fed into the WGS reactor which converts the carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and hydrogen and outputs an output gas including a higher percentage of hydrogen to carbon monoxide compared to the synthesis gas, and the hydrogen in the output gas is captured by the hydrogen capturing system.||12-01-2011|
|20100282844||HAND CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING A LONG-RANGE SENSING SYSTEM OF A WEAPONS SYSTEM - A hand controller for controlling an electro-optic sensor of a weapons system may include a first cam/spring mechanism configured to provide non-linear displacement to an operator applying a torque to rotate the hand controller in a first direction. A second cam/spring mechanism may be configured to provide non-linear displacement to an operator applying a torque to rotate the hand controller in a second direction. A first sensor may be configured to sense torque being applied in the first direction and to generate a command signal to control rotation of the electro-optic sensor in the first direction. A second sensor may be configured to sense torque being applied in the second direction and to generate a command signal to control rotation of the electro-optic sensor in the second direction. The command signals may be substantially mathematically proportional rate command signals with respect to applied torque.||11-11-2010|
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