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Number: 244/172.4
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > Rendezvous or docking
Description: Subject matter including a specific means or process for bringing the spacecraft into either proximity to or fixed engagement with complimentary means on another machine or structure while traveling in the upper reaches of or beyond the atmosphere of the celestial body.










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Class Number Class Name Patents
244/172.5 Including satellite servicing 68


Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8628044 Stabilization of unstable space debris Jan. 14, 2014
8608113 Method for capturing a container of planet-ground samples traveling in open space Dec. 17, 2013
8464983 Towing apparatus for a spacecraft when in orbit and a towing spacecraft Jun. 18, 2013
8459596 Sky/space elevators Jun. 11, 2013
8448904 Robotic satellite refuelling tool May. 28, 2013
8412391 Proximity spacecraft maneuvering Apr. 2, 2013
8333347 Docking system Dec. 18, 2012
8333346 Sky station Dec. 18, 2012
8262028 Spacecraft and method for operating the spacecraft Sep. 11, 2012
8240613 Docking system Aug. 14, 2012
8226046 Stabilization of unstable space debris Jul. 24, 2012
8210480 Hybrid electrostatic space tug Jul. 3, 2012
8205838 Electrostatic spacecraft reorbiter Jun. 26, 2012
8196870 Robotic satellite refueling tool Jun. 12, 2012
8191818 Method for recovering a relatively slower moving vehicle Jun. 5, 2012
8181911 Satellite refuelling system and method May. 22, 2012
8132761 Robust capacitive distance sensor Mar. 13, 2012
8074935 Satellite refuelling system and method Dec. 13, 2011
8056864 Docking system Nov. 15, 2011
8047473 Connecting node and method for constructing a connecting node Nov. 1, 2011
8033508 Space shuttle with a device for docking to a satellite Oct. 11, 2011
8006938 Spacecraft servicing vehicle with adaptors, tools and attachment mechanisms Aug. 30, 2011
8006937 Spacecraft docking interface mechanism Aug. 30, 2011
7992824 Docking system Aug. 9, 2011
7905453 Piggyback equipment panel payload arrangement, a device for and method of attaching a hosted secondary piggyback payload and adapter to be used for a piggyback secondary payload arrangement fo Mar. 15, 2011
7866607 Piggyback satellite payload arrangement, a device for and method of attaching a piggyback satellite payload and adapter to be used for a piggyback satellite payload arrangement for launching t Jan. 11, 2011
7861975 Two part spacecraft servicing vehicle system with universal docking adaptor Jan. 4, 2011
7861974 Docking system Jan. 4, 2011
7857261 Docking system Dec. 28, 2010
7850388 Compliant, low profile, independently releasing, non-protruding and genderless docking system for robotic modules Dec. 14, 2010
7828249 Docking system Nov. 9, 2010
7823837 Two part spacecraft servicing vehicle system with adaptors, tools, and attachment mechanisms Nov. 2, 2010
7815149 Magnetic capture docking mechanism Oct. 19, 2010
7798449 Method and system for inflight refueling of unmanned aerial vehicles Sep. 21, 2010
7681840 Space transportation node including tether system Mar. 23, 2010
7669804 Spacecraft interface module for enabling versatile space platform logistics support Mar. 2, 2010
7644891 Spacecraft low tumble linear release system Jan. 12, 2010
7611096 In orbit space transportation and recovery system Nov. 3, 2009
7607616 Docking device Oct. 27, 2009
7575199 Orbit space transportation and recovery system Aug. 18, 2009
7559509 Large cryogenic tank logistics for in-space vehicles Jul. 14, 2009
7543779 Low-impact mating system Jun. 9, 2009
7513459 Method and associated apparatus for capturing, servicing, and de-orbiting earth satellites using robotics Apr. 7, 2009
7503526 Space transportation node including tether system Mar. 17, 2009
7392964 Method and apparatus for utilizing a lifeboat for a space station in earth orbit to serve as a lunar spacecraft Jul. 1, 2008
7387279 Method and apparatus for supplying orbital space platforms using payload canisters via intermediate orbital rendezvous and docking Jun. 17, 2008
7374134 Systems and methods for semi-permanent, non-precision inspace assembly of space structures, modules and spacecraft May. 20, 2008
7370834 Apparatus and methods for in-space satellite operations May. 13, 2008
7156348 Platform and system for propellant tank storage and transfer in space Jan. 2, 2007
7070151 In orbit space transportation and recovery system Jul. 4, 2006

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