RTX had five patents in space economy during Q4 2023. The patent filed by RTX Corp in Q4 2023 is for a communication adapter for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft. This adapter includes internal sensors, memory system, and processing circuitry to receive, record, correlate, and transmit time series data from the engine control to an offboard system. GlobalData’s report on RTX gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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RTX grant share with space economy as a theme is 40% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Gas turbine engine communication gateway with internal sensors (Patent ID: US20230362255A1)

The patent filed by RTX Corp describes a communication adapter for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft that includes an internal sensor system, memory system, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is designed to receive time series data from the engine control, record internal sensor data, correlate the two sets of data based on time alignment, and transmit the enhanced data set to an offboard system. The communication adapter is mounted on the fan case of the gas turbine engine and can support wireless communication through antennas, including a global positioning system antenna.

The communication adapter is capable of receiving a combination of aircraft parameters and engine control parameters with time stamps to establish a time base for correlation with internal sensor data. The sensors within the adapter can include accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers, and magnetometers. The recording of internal sensor data is performed until certain end conditions are met, such as a specific amount of data collected or a predetermined time period. The transmission of the enhanced data set is based on specific transmit conditions, such as receiving a command or reaching a message size limit. Overall, the communication adapter enhances data collection and transmission for monitoring and controlling the operation of gas turbine engines in real-time.

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