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특허 상세정보

In-flight refueling system, alignment system, and method for automatic alignment and engagement of an in-flight refueling boom

특허상세정보
국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B64C-001/00   
미국특허분류(USC) 244/135.A; 244/136
출원번호 US-0880171 (2004-06-28)
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    Alston &
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 25  인용 특허 : 16
초록

An in-flight refueling system, alignment system, and method are provided for substantially automating the positioning and engagement of an in-flight refueling system carried by a first aircraft with respect to a refueling receptacle carried by a second aircraft so as to facilitate an in-flight refueling operation between the first and the second aircraft. More specifically, the present invention provides for the alignment of the in-flight refueling boom with the refueling receptacle such that an extendable nozzle may extend from the in-flight refueling b...

대표
청구항

1. An in-flight refueling system comprising:an in-flight refueling boom adapted to be carried by a first aircraft and comprising an extendable nozzle capable of extending therefrom, the extendable nozzle being adapted to engage a refueling receptacle carried by a second aircraft;an imaging device operably engaged with the in-flight refueling boom and configured to capture an image of the refueling receptacle;an alignment device operably engaged with the in-flight refueling boom and configured to determine and indicate alignment of the in-flight refueling...

이 특허에 인용된 특허 (16)

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  11. Neuberger Wayne K. (Renton WA). Guidance-light display apparatus and method for in-flight link-up of two aircraft. USP1979064158885.
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