Patents

Ms. Kathy Minear & Dr. G. Pat Martin are inventors in the areas of
Widely-Spaced Adaptive Arraying, Advanced Signal and Image Processing

MOST RECENT PATENTS (2015-2020)

Description:  Specialized Arrays’ closed-loop widely spaced coherent transmit arraying technology for missions such as directed energy and COMM using quick deployable and VERY widely-spaced antennas.

Patent: 10,270,506

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Description: SAI Closed-loop Equatorial RADAR array; Detection of ALL Earth-propagating objects; One-pass orbital characterization

Patent: 9,989,634

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Description: SAI The focus of this invention is on station-kept, synchronous orbits, particularly geosynchronous orbits (GSO), although the invention is not limited to this region of Space.

Patent-pending: 17/116,251

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Description: Protection of military and civilian assets from multiple simultaneous threats is vital.  Current systems may not be able to handle a multiple simultaneous threat environment, resulting in insufficient power delivered to mitigate the threats.  With a single receive (Rx) tetrahedron multi-beam phased array and one or more multi-beam transmit (Tx) units, hemispherical coverage and simultaneous threat mitigation can be performed.

Patent pending: 17/116,287

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ANTENNA COHERENT TRANSMIT ARRAYING for COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS (2010-2012)

Description: Martin & Minear Method for Open-Loop Coherent Transmit Combining of Widely-Spaced Large Ground Reflectors 

Patent: 7,969,358

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Description: Method used in calibration of circuitry and fiber for open-loop model-based widely-spaced coherent transmit arraying.  This method used sums and differences of sines and cosines and was NOT the method ultimately demonstrated on NASA-funded TxACE program in 2010.  An alternate method was developed on government funding.

Patent: 8,170,088

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Description: Method for calibration of circuitry and fiber for open-loop model-based widely-spaced coherent transmit arraying. 

Patent: 12/273,839

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Description: Deep space widely spaced coherent transmit method; Also called Martin & Minear Instant Return Method;  Correction of atmospheric effects using model and known emitter within main beam of an element.  Reduced to practice on NASA TxACE

Patent: 7,970,365

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Description: Deep space widely spaced coherent transmit method; Used to refine antenna reference point locations using known emitters; Reduced to practice on NASA TxACE (government has royalty-free rights to use)

Patent: 7,855,681

WIDELY-SPACED CONFORMAL BODY COHERENT TRANSMIT ARRAYING (2010)

Description: Widely-spaced coherent transmit combining of elements on a conformal body using a model-based approach

Patent: 12/274,011

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LIDAR DATA AND ELECTRO-OPTICAL IMAGE REGISTRATION, FUSION, AND VISUALIZATION (2010-2012)

Description: Fusion of imagery with point cloud data to generate 3D ‘colorized’ models

Patent: 8,179,393

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Description: Colorization of point cloud data in Hue-Saturation-Intensity space based on corresponding scene content from radiometric image data

Patent: 12/378,353  

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Description: Segmentation of a radiometric image for determination of color scale to use on point cloud data points

Patent: 12/617,751

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Description: Autonomous alignment of 3D point cloud lidar data with 2D imagery by generating filtered density images from the 3D data

Patent: 8,290,305

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Description: Registration of 3D to 3D point cloud data by generating filtered density images

Patent: 12/046,862

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Description: Registration of 3D to 3D point cloud data using an eigenanalysis to determine centroids of candidate features.

Patent: 12/047,066

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Description: Novel new correlator for cross sensor data alignment

Patent: 8,155,452​

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SURFACE DETECTION USING POINT CLOUD (LIDAR) DATA

SIGNAL AND IMAGE PROCESSING