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Number: 244/158.9
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > Reusable or returnable
Description: Subject matter in which the spacecraft is intended to be launched from a celestial body and returned to it and in which the spacecraft includes specific means to ensure that it returns to the celestial body in an operable condition.

Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
244/159.3 Having aerodynamic lifting body (e.g., space shuttle) 37
244/159.1 With reentry shield 119

Patents under this class:

Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8702041 Aerodynamic and spatial composite flight aircraft, and related piloting method Apr. 22, 2014
8678321 Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods Mar. 25, 2014
8528853 In-line staged horizontal takeoff and landing space plane Sep. 10, 2013
8505852 Reversible space plane Aug. 13, 2013
8500070 Personal spacecraft Aug. 6, 2013
8459596 Sky/space elevators Jun. 11, 2013
8424808 Compensating for wind prior to engaging airborne propulsion devices Apr. 23, 2013
8408497 Launch vehicles with fixed and deployable deceleration surfaces, and/or shaped fuel tanks, and associated systems and methods Apr. 2, 2013
8403254 Aero-assisted pre-stage for ballistic rockets and aero-assisted flight vehicles Mar. 26, 2013
8403269 Orbit debris removal and asset protection assembly Mar. 26, 2013
8215589 Reversible space plane Jul. 10, 2012
8157216 Methods and apparatus for an asymmetrical fairing Apr. 17, 2012
8047472 Ram booster Nov. 1, 2011
7834859 Process for recovering a spacecraft first stage Nov. 16, 2010
7690601 Reversible space plane Apr. 6, 2010
7557753 Spacecraft hardware tracker Jul. 7, 2009
7484692 Integrated abort rocket and orbital propulsion system Feb. 3, 2009
7431242 Re-entry vehicle shape for enhanced performance Oct. 7, 2008
7387279 Method and apparatus for supplying orbital space platforms using payload canisters via intermediate orbital rendezvous and docking Jun. 17, 2008
7344111 Reversible space plane Mar. 18, 2008
7267303 Method and system for providing cruciform steered, bent biconic and plasma suppression for maximum accuracy Sep. 11, 2007
7237752 System and method for reducing plasma induced communication disruption utilizing electrophilic injectant and sharp reentry vehicle nose shaping Jul. 3, 2007
7219859 Multipurpose modular spacecraft May. 22, 2007
6945498 Commercial experiment system in orbit Sep. 20, 2005
6921051 System for the delivery and orbital maintenance of micro satellites and small space-based instruments Jul. 26, 2005
6869048 De-orbit instrument package Mar. 22, 2005
6827313 Multi-crew modules for space flight Dec. 7, 2004
6817580 System and method for return and landing of launch vehicle booster stage Nov. 16, 2004
6398166 Method of controlling acceleration of a spacecraft reentering the atmosphere to accommodate adventure travelers Jun. 4, 2002
6158693 Recoverable booster stage and recovery method Dec. 12, 2000
6076771 System and method for controlling a re-entry vehicle Jun. 20, 2000
5873549 Vehicle rotation and control mechanism Feb. 23, 1999
5664742 Plume avoidance maneuvers Sep. 9, 1997
5322248 Methods and arrangements tailoring aerodynamic forces afforded by a payload to reduce flight loads and to assist flight control for the coupled system Jun. 21, 1994
5318256 Rocket deceleration system Jun. 7, 1994
4961550 Method and device for protecting a liquid rocket booster from impact and environmental damage to permit recovery and reuse Oct. 9, 1990
4834324 Multiconfiguration reusable space transportation system May. 30, 1989
4830314 Recovery system for rocket engine May. 16, 1989
4784350 Passive step trimmer for a maneuvering re-entry body (U) Nov. 15, 1988
4741502 Method and apparatus for launching a spacecraft by use of a recoverable upper rocket stage May. 3, 1988
4623106 Reentry vehicle having active control and passive design modifications Nov. 18, 1986
4240601 Method for observing the features characterizing the surface of a land mass Dec. 23, 1980
4186900 Disintegratable aerodynamic brake Feb. 5, 1980

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