Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation | Date: 2015-09-25
A composite structure cured by the process of: electrically coupling a first lead to a first portion of said composite structure; electrically coupling a second lead to a second portion of said composite structure; and using an electric power source to pass electric current through said composite structure from said first portion to said second portion, wherein passing said electric current through said composite structure causes the temperature of at least a portion of said composite structure increase to a predetermined temperature.
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation | Date: 2015-06-01
A multi-functional composite system, the multi-functional composite system comprising a core, a plurality of structural composite fiber layers, a matrix material, a composite conductor assembly, the composite conductor assembly having one or more conductors disposed between two or more insulating layers, and an electric power source electronically coupled with said composite conductor assembly, the electric power source is configured to pass electric current through at least one of said one or more conductors.
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation | Date: 2015-09-11
A combined submersible vessel and unmanned aerial vehicle preferably includes a body structure, at least one wing structure, at least one vertical stabilizer structure, and at least one horizontal stabilizer structure. A propulsion system is coupled to the body structure and is configured to propel the flying submarine in both airborne flight and underwater operation. Preferably, the propulsion system includes a motor, a gearbox coupled to the motor and configured to receive power generated by the motor and provide variable output power, a drive shaft coupled to the gearbox and configured to transfer the variable output power provided by the gearbox, and a propeller coupled to the drive shaft and configured to accept power transferred to it from the drive shaft. The propeller is further configured to rotate and propel the flying submarine in both an airborne environment and in an underwater environment.
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation | Date: 2015-03-04
An obstacle-avoidance system for a vehicle, the obstacle-avoidance system may comprise: a communication device; a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors configured to detect collision threats within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and a processor. The processor may communicatively couple to the communication device and the plurality of sensors and configured to receive navigation commands being communicated to a control system via said communication device. The processor may also receive, from at least one of said plurality of sensors, obstruction data reflecting the position of an obstruction. Using the obstruction data, the processor identifies a direction for avoiding said obstruction. In response, the processor may output, via said communication device, a command to said control system causing the vehicle to travel in said flight direction.
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation | Date: 2015-04-02
The present invention provides a method of fabricating a composite structure from components of varying stages of cure while reducing the steps associated with the fabrication process of infusing, curing, and bonding composite materials to form a hybrid unitized structure. The method provides a pre-cured stiffener and a pi-preform having a clevis and a base portion. The pre-cured stiffener may be inserted into the clevis of the pi-preform to form a composite structure assembly. The composite structure assembly may be infused with a resin system at the time of cure and bonded to a second composite structure to form a hybrid unitized structure.