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Number: 244/171.3
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > With propulsion > Launch from surface to orbit
Description: Subject matter in which the propulsion means is constructed to propel the spacecraft from the surface of a celestial body to orbit.

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Class Number Class Name Patents
244/171.4 Horizontal launch 20

Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8534598 Direct flight far space shuttle Sep. 17, 2013
8364364 System and method for controlling unpowered to powered transitions in vehicles having dry dual clutch transmissions Jan. 29, 2013
8136765 Method of launching into operational orbit an artificial satellite and associated propulsion device Mar. 20, 2012
8104719 Digital interface unit (DIU) and method for controlling stages of a multi-stage missle Jan. 31, 2012
8047472 Ram booster Nov. 1, 2011
8002219 Multi-functional annular fairing for coupling launch abort motor to space vehicle Aug. 23, 2011
7753315 Payload delivery vehicle and method Jul. 13, 2010
7530532 Counterweight based rocket launch platform May. 12, 2009
7523892 Centripetal reflex method of space launch Apr. 28, 2009
7258306 Thermal deformation determination for payload pointing using space-based beacon Aug. 21, 2007
7252270 System and method for launching a missile from a flying aircraft Aug. 7, 2007
7240878 High wing monoplane aerospace plane based fighter Jul. 10, 2007
7134630 Thermal deformation determination for payload pointing using space-based beacon Nov. 14, 2006
6974111 Asonic aerospike engine Dec. 13, 2005
6648275 Asonic aerospike engine Nov. 18, 2003
6398166 Method of controlling acceleration of a spacecraft reentering the atmosphere to accommodate adventure travelers Jun. 4, 2002
6380526 Employing booster trajectory in a payload inertial measurement unit Apr. 30, 2002
6360994 Configurable space launch system Mar. 26, 2002
6360993 Expendable launch vehicle Mar. 26, 2002
6357700 Electrically powered spacecraft/airship Mar. 19, 2002
6227486 Propulsion system for earth to orbit vehicle May. 8, 2001
6193194 Magnetic propulsion system and operating method Feb. 27, 2001
6119983 Airship/spacecraft Sep. 19, 2000
6113032 Delivering liquid propellant in a reusable booster stage Sep. 5, 2000
6102334 Method and apparatus for determining close approaches for earth-fixed launch trajectories Aug. 15, 2000
6059235 Interplanetary transfer method May. 9, 2000
5984235 Integrated launch and spacecraft propulsion system Nov. 16, 1999
5927653 Two-stage reusable earth-to-orbit aerospace vehicle and transport system Jul. 27, 1999
5842665 Launch vehicle with engine mounted on a rotor Dec. 1, 1998
5667167 Methods and apparatus for reusable launch platform and reusable spacecraft Sep. 16, 1997
5568901 Two stage launch vehicle and launch trajectory method Oct. 29, 1996
5520356 System for propelling and guiding a solid object with a beam of electromagnetic radiation May. 28, 1996
5402720 Booster-missile self-aligning adapter Apr. 4, 1995
5397082 Space transport architecture and method for robotic planetary operations Mar. 14, 1995
5263666 Spacecraft with increased stationkeeping fuel load Nov. 23, 1993
5242135 Space transfer vehicle and integrated guidance launch system Sep. 7, 1993
5238209 Arrangement for attach, quick disconnect and jettison of rocket booster from space vehicle core Aug. 24, 1993
5217187 Multi-use launch system Jun. 8, 1993
5217188 Modular solid-propellant launch vehicle and related launch facility Jun. 8, 1993
5203844 Multiple payload/failure mode launch vehicles Apr. 20, 1993
5190246 Shuttle orbiter with telescoping main propulsion unit and payload Mar. 2, 1993
5186419 Space transfer vehicle and integrated guidance launch system Feb. 16, 1993
5178347 Process of launching a capsule into space and corresponding launching means Jan. 12, 1993
5172875 Space launcher and method for launching objects into space Dec. 22, 1992
5143328 Launch vehicle with reconfigurable interstage propellant manifolding and solid rocket boosters Sep. 1, 1992
5143327 Integrated launch and emergency vehicle system Sep. 1, 1992
5131610 Front end structure of a booster rocket mounted on the main body of a launcher Jul. 21, 1992
5117758 Booster rocket range safety system Jun. 2, 1992
5090642 Projectile delivery system Feb. 25, 1992
5031857 Two-stage earth-to-orbit transport with translating oblique wings for booster recovery Jul. 16, 1991

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