BAE Systems has filed a patent for a method of determining a schedule for a pointing device. The method involves distributing targets among groups, assigning schedules to the groups, and growing a partial pointing schedule by selecting the best candidate sub-schedule. If the requirements are not met, the schedule is pruned and a different sub-schedule is attempted. The patent also allows for the exclusion of missed groups from the schedule if necessary. GlobalData’s report on BAE Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method of determining a schedule for a pointing device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: BAE Systems Plc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230319809A1) describes a system and method for directing a pointing device according to a pointing schedule. The system includes a computing device that executes a series of steps to generate a full pointing schedule.

The system first partitions a plurality of targets into multiple groups, with each group containing at least one target. The groups are assigned group schedules that define the order in which the targets are to be included in the pointing schedule. The system then defines an initial pointing direction as a partial schedule and incrementally grows the partial schedule by appending groups that are not already included.

The system ensures that the grown partial schedule meets predetermined requirements. If the partial schedule meets the requirements and no terminating criterion is satisfied, the system repeats the process of incrementally growing the schedule. If the partial schedule does not meet the requirements, the system prunes and regrows the schedule by replacing previously appended groups with other groups.

This process continues until a final value is reached and at least one terminating criterion is satisfied, resulting in a full pointing schedule. The system then causes the pointing device to execute the full pointing schedule.

The patent also describes various aspects of the system, such as distributing targets into groups based on linear or angular separations between the targets, assigning groups based on their values, and considering windows of performance for both targets and groups. The system also includes strategies for assigning group schedules, such as exact, random, repeat split, relative pare, and absolute pare.

Additionally, the patent mentions terminating criteria, including the inclusion of all groups in the partial schedule and a specified maximum schedule dwell time. The patent also discusses the exclusion of missed groups that cannot be included within a specified calculation time.

Overall, this patent presents a system and method for efficiently directing a pointing device according to a pointing schedule, allowing for precise and optimized pointing operations.

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