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Patent
The Aerospace Corporation | Date: 2015-08-10

A spin stabilized aircraft may include a plurality of wings that passively spin stabilize the aircraft, causing the apparatus to move in a direction opposite that of a wind source. The aircraft may also include two or more propulsive arms that actively stabilize the aircraft in absence of wind or a decrease in altitude.


Patent
The Aerospace Corporation | Date: 2015-09-08

Systems and methods are provided for operating to an initial optimized baseline solution to a multi-objective problem. As the baseline solution is implemented, live (e.g., real-time or near real-time) data associated with one or more parameters may be received and compared to expectations of those parameters with the implementation of the initial optimized solution. If a deviation is detected between the expectation of the time progression of the parameters and live data associated with the parameter, then that deviation may be compared to a threshold. If the deviation meets a threshold condition, then an irregular operation may be declared and a new baseline solution may be implemented. The new baseline solution may be obtained as a re-optimized solution.


Patent
The Aerospace Corporation | Date: 2016-11-04

A hybrid-like liquid fuel motor (the motor) may include a port surrounded by a wall. Surrounding the wall are a plurality of chambers and segmented walls to separate the chambers. In some instances, a single helix chamber may surround the wall, and may operate similar to that of a segmental chamber. During operation of the motor, gas flows from one end of the port to another end of the port. As the walls surrounding the port begin to disintegrate, liquid fuel within chambers begins to begin to mix with the flow of gas. As the segmented walls between the chambers begin to disintegrate, liquid from the other chambers begin to mix with the flow of gas, creating a metering of the liquid fuel.


Under one aspect, a method is provided for processing a received signal, the received signal including a desired signal and an interference signal that spectrally overlaps the desired signal. The method can include obtaining an amplitude of the received signal. The method also can include obtaining an average amplitude of the received signal based on at least one prior amplitude of the received signal. The method also can include subtracting the amplitude from the average amplitude to obtain an amplitude residual. The method also can include, based upon an absolute value of the amplitude residual being less than or equal to a first threshold, inputting the received signal into an interference suppression algorithm so as to generate a first output including the desired signal with reduced contribution from the interference signal.


A novel approach provides accurate estimation of the parameter a of a Fractional Fourier Transform (FrFT). A value of a may be selected for which the Wigner Distributions (WDs) of a signal-of-interest (SOI) and interference overlap as little as possible. However, instead of computing the WD for each signal, the FrFT may be computed for each WD, recognizing that the projection of the WD of a signal onto an axis t_(a )is the energy of the FrFT along the same axis. Since the technique computes a using the SOI and a measure of the interference separately, significant improvements can be made in the estimate, especially at low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Once the estimate is obtained, a reduced rank filter may be applied to remove the interference, since minimum mean-square error (MMSE) approaches will again fail when using the low sample support required of non-stationary environments. The technique is not only computationally more efficient than MMSE, but far more robust as well.


Systems and methods are provided to engage in multi-objective optimization where there may be one or more constraints. At least one of the constraints may be soft constraints, such that if a potential solution to the multi-objective optimization problem violates only soft constraint(s), then that potential solution may be allowed to persist in a population of potential solutions that may be used to propagate child potential solutions. Potential solutions that violate soft constraints may be tested for non-domination sorting against other potential solutions that violate soft constraints and based at least in part on values associated with the soft constraint violations.


Patent
The Aerospace Corporation | Date: 2017-02-28

A mechanically simple rotor system is a novel mechanism that collectively drives the pitch of the rotor blades by combining the input from three separate servos. Each servo can be controlled by redundant control systems. This configuration reduces total error caused by any one system and allows the continuation of rotor pitch control in the event of one or more servo or system failures.


Under one aspect, a method is provided for processing a received signal, the received signal including a desired signal and an interference signal that spectrally overlaps the desired signal. The method can include obtaining an amplitude of the received signal. The method also can include obtaining an average amplitude of the received signal based on at least one prior amplitude of the received signal. The method also can include subtracting the amplitude from the average amplitude to obtain an amplitude residual. The method also can include, based upon an absolute value of the amplitude residual being less than or equal to a first threshold, inputting the received signal into an interference suppression algorithm so as to generate a first output including the desired signal with reduced contribution from the interference signal.


Patent
The Aerospace Corporation | Date: 2017-04-12

An apparatus for forming a flange has a laminate component and a drum supporting the laminate component. A forming tool selectively engages the laminate component. A diaphragm member extends between the drum and the laminate component and selectively engages the forming tool. Movement of the diaphragm member deforms the laminate component away from the drum about an edge of the forming tool, and the laminate component maintains a substantially uniform thickness.


Patent
The Aerospace Corporation and Amendia Inc. | Date: 2017-03-24

A system includes a computing device that generates at least one process script for the modification to a material substrate and at least one pattern script that corresponds to the process script. The computing device also merges the process script with the pattern script and generates a plurality of command signals that are based on the merged process and pattern scripts. An energy source generates a plurality of light beams based on the generated command signal(s). At least one modulating component modulates the generated light beams based on generated command signal(s). A waveform apparatus generates at least one waveform signal to customize the generated light beams based on the generated command signal(s). A motion control apparatus controls at least one parameter of the light beams based on the generated command signal(s).

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