US 11,878,784 B2
Aerospace vehicle system and method of operation
Rodger Farley, Kennedy Space Center, FL (US); Jane Poynter, Kennedy Space Center, FL (US); Taber MacCallum, Titusville, FL (US); Daniel James Window, London (GB); and Nicholas Adrian Moyes, London (GB)
Assigned to Space Perspective Inc., Kennedy Space Center, FL (US)
Filed by Space Perspective Inc., Kennedy Space Center, FL (US)
Filed on Jul. 8, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/370,467.
Application 17/370,467 is a continuation of application No. 17/160,837, filed on Jan. 28, 2021, granted, now 11,084,564.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/969,447, filed on Feb. 3, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2021/0331778 A1, Oct. 28, 2021
Int. Cl. B64B 1/44 (2006.01); B64B 1/40 (2006.01); B64D 1/12 (2006.01); B64D 17/18 (2006.01); B64D 11/00 (2006.01); B64B 1/64 (2006.01)
CPC B64B 1/44 (2013.01) [B64B 1/40 (2013.01); B64B 1/64 (2013.01); B64D 1/12 (2013.01); B64D 11/00 (2013.01); B64D 17/18 (2013.01); B64D 2011/0061 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. An vehicle comprising:
a structural frame comprising:
a first end;
a second end opposing the first end across a reference plane, wherein the reference plane defines a primary axis orthogonal to the reference plane, wherein the primary axis intersects the first and second ends; and
a set of arcuate members bowed outward of the primary axis between the first and second ends, wherein a first distance separates the primary axis and the first arcuate member of the set in the orthogonal reference plane;
a set of windows attached to the structural frame, each window extending between a respective pair of adjacent arcuate members of the set and comprising a respective interior window surface which intersects the orthogonal reference plane along a respective reference segment, wherein a maximum distance between each reference segment and the primary axis is larger than the first distance;
wherein the set of windows and the structural frame cooperatively define a pressure vessel interior which is fluidly isolated from an exterior environment.