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9038961 Method for simulating the movement behaviour of a fluid in a closed, moving container  
A method for simulating the movement behavior of a fluid in a closed moving container is provided. The simulation is based on the determination of the potential movement path of the center of...
9027889 Modular core structure for dual-manifest spacecraft launch  
A spacecraft may include an upper core structure or a lower core structure. The upper core structure may include an upper cylinder for supporting an upper spacecraft of a dual-manifest launch...
9018572 Rocket propelled payload with divert control system within nose cone  
A rocket is provided and includes booster stages at a rear of the nose cone, the booster stages being configured for propelling the nose cone in a propulsion direction and a divert control system...
8991764 Landing device for a space probe, and landing method for a probe provided with such a device  
A space probe including a descent module with a mobile exploration vehicle, wherein the descent module is a landing module inside which the mobile exploration vehicle is fastened, the landing...
8979035 Zero-shock separation system  
A system and corresponding method for a launch vehicle or spacecraft for releasably connecting a first body (100) with a first interface (101) and a second body (200) with a second matching...
8939409 Adaptor system for deploying small satellites  
An adaptor system includes a space vehicle separation plate operably coupled to a space vehicle, a launch vehicle adaptor plate operably coupled to a launch vehicle capable of carrying the space...
8931741 Gravity acceleration station  
A gravity acceleration station for producing gravity acceleration and creating conditions for living under a permanent effect of gravity acceleration more than 1 g for prolonged periods of time....
8915472 Multiple space vehicle launch system  
A multiple space vehicle launch system that may be adapted to be disposed within a payload region of a launch vehicle fairing. The launch system may include a first space vehicle, a second space...
8876062 Shape memory alloy pre-loaded deployment hinge  
Latching or locking deployment hinges are provided that include a shape-memory alloy (SMA) pre-load device configured to induce a pre-load across a contact interface of the latching hinge in a...
8789797 Payload adapters including antenna assemblies, satellite assemblies and related systems and methods  
Payload adapters for launch vehicles include a ring structure having an opening formed therein and at least a portion of an antenna assembly coupled to a circular sidewall of the ring structure at...
8789796 High capacity broadband satellite  
A high capacity broadband service is provided from an Earth orbiting satellite having a payload that includes multiple large antennas, the satellite having an inverted configuration when deployed...
8720831 Spacecraft panel architecture  
One embodiment of the invention includes a spacecraft system. The system includes a spacecraft payload system coupled to a spacecraft frame. The system also includes a plurality of spacecraft...
8720830 Efficient solar panel wing-stowage on a space launch vehicle  
An adapter assembly for interconnection with a launch vehicle is provided. Generally, the adapter assembly is positioned between two separable components of a launch vehicle along a longitudinal...
8678323 Launch lock assemblies including axial gap amplification devices and spacecraft isolation systems including the same  
Embodiments of a launch lock assembly are provided, as are embodiments of a spacecraft isolation system including one or more launch lock assemblies. In one embodiment, the launch lock assembly...
8640994 Agile dedicated spacecraft for spinning microwave imagers and sounders  
A system, method, and apparatus are disclosed for agile dedicated spacecrafts for spinning microwave imagers and sounders. In one or more embodiments, the system, method, and apparatus involve an...
8608114 Platform and launch initiation system for secondary spacecraft for launch vehicle  
A platform and launch initiation control system for secondary spacecraft for a launch vehicle includes an aluminum honeycomb core sandwiched between top and bottom structural aluminum skins and...
8584988 Mechanically fastened large pressurized spacecraft structure  
A first part, a second part, and a seal ring are fastened together to form a pressure structure configured for a spacecraft structure of a spacecraft, wherein the first part and the second part...
8550408 Dual evolved expendable launch vehicle (EELV) secondary payload adaptor (ESPA) port small satellite design  
An apparatus and method are disclosed for dual Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) port small satellite designs. The apparatus and method provide payload...
8519312 Missile with shroud that separates in flight  
A missile includes a separable shroud that covers a nose portion of the fuselage of the missile. The shroud covers and protects a seeker window and a seeker at the nose of the missile. The shroud...
8511617 Satellites and satellite fleet implementation methods and apparatus  
A method for implementing a satellite fleet includes launching a group of satellites within a launch vehicle. In an embodiment, the satellites are structurally connected together through satellite...
7931237 Universal launch vehicle payload adapter  
A universal adapter system and method for coupling payloads and launch vehicles are disclosed to provide optimum payload configurability. A modular bulkhead panel may be used that can support a...
7922125 Launching vehicle and satellite connection-separation apparatus  
A launcher and satellite connection-separation apparatus for launching and satellite vehicles has a band-clamp assembly of a band with an inner channel in which clamps are located in a sliding...
7905453 Piggyback equipment panel payload arrangement, a device for and method of attaching a hosted secondary piggyback payload and adapter to be used for a piggyback secondary payload arrangement for launching the piggyback equipment panel secondary  
The invention relates to piggyback secondary payloads, a device for and a method of attaching piggyback secondary payloads, including a primary satellite and at least one secondary payload, such...
7878456 Protective shield assembly for space optics and associated methods  
A protective shield assembly capable of being deployed from a launch vehicle is provided, and methods for assembling and deploying the protective shield assembly are also provided. The protective...
7866607 Piggyback satellite payload arrangement, a device for and method of attaching a piggyback satellite payload and adapter to be used for a piggyback satellite payload arrangement for launching the piggyback satellite  
The invention relates to a piggyback satellite, a device for and a method of attaching piggyback satellites with multiple payloads, including a primary satellite and at least one secondary...
7780119 Modular spacecraft  
A modular spacecraft incorporating a launch vehicle interface design that also functions as a berthing or docking interface for the spacecraft. The vehicle interface utilizes existing launch...
7766274 Active maple seed flyer  
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has a payload or body affixed at one end of an elongated airfoil. The entire airfoil/payload combination rotates about a center of mass to define a rotor disk....
7673833 Protective shield assembly for space optics and associated methods  
A protective shield assembly capable of being deployed from a launch vehicle is provided, and methods for assembling and deploying the protective shield assembly are also provided. The protective...
7661628 Catalyzed decomposing structural payload foam and method of using same  
A high energy, e.g., ultraviolet (UV), catalyzed decomposing foam encapsulating a payload to be boosted in space provides an ultra-light weight, adaptable means to facilitate survival of much...
7631839 Enhanced multiple instrument distributed aperture sensor  
A multiple instrument distributed aperture sensor (“MIDAS”) science payload system mounted on a spacecraft, including a spacecraft interface ring affixing the MIDAS science payload system to the...
7513462 Satellite equipment mounting panel  
A satellite payload structure includes one side that includes at least two equipment mounting panels. Each of the equipment mounting panels are oriented substantially parallel to each other such...
7506841 Catalyzed decomposing foam for encapsulating space-based kinetic objects  
A high energy, e.g., ultraviolet (UV) catalyzed decomposing foam encapsulating kinetic media forms a payload to be boosted in space and provides an ultra-light weight means for intercepting an...
7437224 Target acquisition control for spacecraft gimballed payload  
A method and apparatus for controlling a gimbaled platform (108). The method comprises the steps of computing an acquisition phase gimbal angle rate command ωcmd—Acq (530) from a measured LOS...
7434767 Spacecraft adapter having embedded resources, and methods of forming same  
A spacecraft adapter having embedded resources for supporting a non-primary payload on a launch vehicle. The spacecraft adapter includes a battery, a power distribution and control system, and an...
7370835 Platform and system for mass storage and transfer in space  
A platform for storage and transfer of payloads in space includes a plate for supporting a payload, and a transfer mechanism for transferring the payload to and from the plate. A groove extends...
7219859 Multipurpose modular spacecraft  
A reentry vehicle includes a nose section, a modular section comprised of two or more connected modules, a flared section. The nose section is connected to a first end of the modular section, and...
7118076 Satellite comprising means for transferring heat from a shelf supporting equipment to radiator panels  
A satellite, in particular a telecommunication satellite, comprises a structure having a north face and a south face that are oriented perpendicularly to the rotation axis of the Earth and an east...
7114683 Device and method for a spacecraft  
The invention presented here relates to a device in a spacecraft comprising a carrier rocket, a satellite and a detachable adapter (4) for connecting a satellite to the carrier rocket, where the...
7093805 System and methods for integrating a payload with a launch vehicle  
A system for providing an interface between a launch vehicle and a payload of the launch vehicle includes payload integration points of the launch vehicle that remain unchanged relative to...
6945498 Commercial experiment system in orbit  
An orbital experiment system with different internal experiment locations within a reusable launch vehicle making daylong delivery trips to space. The experiments get access to the attributes of...
6935805 High reliability precision latch  
A reusable self-aligning precision latch, including a latch body for mounting a latch assembly, and an interface cone. A lead screw, coupled to the latch body on one end, pivots at an interface on...
6905097 Launch vehicle payload carrier and related methods  
A modular payload carrier for use in a launch vehicle includes at least one module configured to fit in a payload bay of the vehicle and attachable to at least one other module configured to fit...
6896441 Automated latching device with active damping  
Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a compact and lightweight, automated latching device which includes a passive catch configured to be engaged with a motor-powered latch to form...
6767155 High stability latch mechanism  
A high stability ball-in-cone type latch mechanism is taught that is particularly useful for large deployable optical systems. It provides a nearly perfect kinematic mount between structural or...
6712542 Apparatus and method for altering the tension of a clampband  
A releasable clampband apparatus and an associated method gently alter clampband tension, such that clampband tension may be reduced after the need for high clampband tension is no longer present,...
6685141 X33 aeroshell and bell nozzle rocket engine launch vehicle  
Various launch vehicles configurations each include an X33 aeroshell of a booster or orbiter both of which use bell nozzle engines, and a feeding stage for supplying liquid propellant to the...
6622971 Adapter for connecting rocket stages  
An adapter for connecting at least a first rocket stage of a space vehicle to a second rocket stage of the space vehicle. The adapter is configured to separate with the first rocket stage when the...
6557475 Separation system for a booster payload fairing  
The invention is a separation system for releasably securing first and second structural members together along mating edges thereof. For example, the segments of a launch vehicle faring used to...
6533221 Device for supporting a payload in a launch vehicle of said payload  
The invention concerns a launch vehicle comprising a shroud (1a, 5a) supporting auxiliary propellers (2, 3) applying in operation excess flow of stresses to the shroud (1a, 5a), said device...
6494407 Joint on a spacecraft  
A joint (4) on a spacecraft (1) for holding together a first craft part (2) and a second craft part, (3) detachable from the first craft part (2). The joint (4) comprises a first flange (5) fixed...

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