US 11,656,670 B2
Common unmanned system architecture
David Rathbun, White Salmon, WA (US); Douglas Allyn Miller, Sisters, OR (US); Kenneth Hillen, Aloha, OR (US); and Brian Fix, The Dalles, OR (US)
Assigned to Insitu Inc., Bingen, WA (US)
Filed by Insitu, Inc., Bingen, WA (US)
Filed on Dec. 12, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/218,428.
Prior Publication US 2020/0192453 A1, Jun. 18, 2020
Int. Cl. G06F 1/30 (2006.01); G06F 1/3203 (2019.01); G06F 1/28 (2006.01); G06F 1/26 (2006.01); G06F 9/455 (2018.01); B64C 39/02 (2023.01); B64U 101/00 (2023.01)
CPC G06F 1/3203 (2013.01) [B64C 39/024 (2013.01); G06F 1/266 (2013.01); G06F 1/28 (2013.01); G06F 9/45558 (2013.01); B64D 2221/00 (2013.01); B64U 2101/00 (2023.01); G06F 2009/45595 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An unmanned system (UMS), comprising:
one or more core systems for the UMS;
one or more auxiliary systems for the UMS;
a payload;
a physical computer communicating with the one or more core systems for the UMS using a first tier of communications that provides a guaranteed bandwidth capability;
a network that enables the physical computer to communicate with the one or more auxiliary systems for the UMS using at least a second tier of communications, and communicate with the payload using a third tier of communications, wherein the network and the physical computer logically separate at least the second tier of communications and the third tier of communications, wherein the second tier of communications are isolatable from the third tier of communications and wherein the second tier of communications and the third tier of communications provide unguaranteed bandwidth;
a power system that provides a first power domain for the one or more core systems for the UMS and provides uninterruptible power for the first power domain, a second power domain for the one or more auxiliary systems for the UMS, and a third power domain for the payload,
wherein the power system provides interruptible power for each of the second power domain and the third power domain;
wherein each of the first tier of communications, the second tier of communications, and the third tier of communications is managed by a separate virtual computer and the virtual computer of the second tier of communications is configured to control the virtual computer of the third tier of communications, and wherein the power system signals a payload power off signal to the payload upon detection of the virtual computer for the second tier of communications being reset; and
the power system comprising first circuitry that inhibits a single overcurrent fault in the third power domain from causing an electrical fault in either the first power domain or the second power domain and second circuitry that inhibits a single overcurrent fault in the second power domain from causing an electrical fault in the first power domain.