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Title: US3933326: Observation/interpretation system
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Schauffler, Peter P.; Bethesda, MD 20014

Assignee: None

Published / Filed: 1976-01-20 / 1975-05-01

Application Number: US1975000573749

IPC Code: Advanced: B64B 1/50;
Core: B64B 1/00;
IPC-7: B64B 1/50;

ECLA Code: B64B1/50;

U.S. Class: Current: 244/118.5; 434/030; 472/060;
Original: 244/033; 244/118.P; 272/018;

Field of Search: 244/17.27,25,26-31,33,5,118 P 046/088,89 272/016-18 104/083,84 350/117

Priority Number:
1975-05-01  US1975000573749
1973-08-09  US1973000386935

Abstract:     An integrated all-weather observation/interpretation system in which a lighter-than-air vehicle ascends to a stationary position above the surface with a suspended gondola which carries passengers so that they can observe the surrounding area and experience a directly related interpretation program. The gondola includes a suitable observation window as well as a slide or motion-picture projection device, with audio and olfactory accompaniment, to provide a juxtaposed interpretation. The vehicle is raised, lowered and rotated through strategically placed electrically powered rotors and/or ground-based electric winches and elevation lines and/or a pantograph operating from a turntable inside the vehicle's ground nest. Screens on the ground are also provided for slide or motion-picture projection to simulate the view under weather conditions when the vehicle cannot be elevated.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Woodcock, Washburn, Kurtz & Mackiewicz ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Blix, Trygve M.; Barefoot, Galen L.

Related Applications:
Application Number Filed Patent Pub. Date  Title
US1973000386935 1973-08-09       

Parent Case:

    This application is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No. 386,935, filed Aug. 9, 1973, now abandoned.

Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. An integrated all-weather observation/interpretation system comprising:
  • a lighter-than-air observation vehicle for transporting passengers above a scene of interest to provide said passengers with an advantageous vantage point for the observation of said scene,
  • means for lifting said vehicle vertically, maintaining it at a point above the surface from which said scene can be viewed, rotating it for viewing various sectors of this scene, and returning it to the surface,
  • an insulated cable for continuously providing electric power to said vehicle from the surface,
  • a gondola under said vehicle which includes a plurality of seats facing an observation window extending from a horizontal plane substantially coincident with the passengers' normal view downward almost to a vertical plane and positioned so that said passengers can view said scene of interest therethrough,
  • a darkened screen positioned directly above said horizontal plane and oriented with the direction of observation so that the passengers can observe both said screen and said window,
  • means for internally projecting supplementary and interpretive images specifically related to the scene of interest onto said screen, with said images programmed and coordinated so as to coincide with said observation, and
  • means for presenting audio programs coordinated with said observed scene of interest as supplemented with said images.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 6pp US530128* 1894-12 Rosenzwey    
Get PDF - 7pp US844676  1907-02 Hager   AMUSEMENT DEVICE.
Get PDF - 4pp US853898  1907-05 Rice   AMUSEMENT DEVICE.
Get PDF - 5pp US1396489  1921-11 Williams   Aerial apparatus
Get PDF - 4pp US1658290  1928-02 Koun   Dirigible helicopter
Get PDF - 7pp US1741446  1929-12 Turner   Airship
Get PDF - 5pp US1874423* 1932-08 Belleville    
Get PDF - 3pp US2364369* 1944-12 Jelley et al.    
Get PDF - 6pp US2433344  1947-12 Closby   Aeronautic positioning device
Get PDF - 6pp US2861806* 1958-11 Disney    
Get PDF - 7pp US3087690  1963-04 Doman et al.   Rotor with two joints in drive shaft
Get PDF - 10pp US3096047* 1963-07 Dunn    
Get PDF - 8pp US3292304* 1966-12 Wolfe    
Get PDF - 19pp US3628829  1971-12 Heilig   EXPERIENCE THEATER
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Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
  DK0065908 1947-11       

Other References:
  • "Plane Tips" Engineering Education Program, No. 24, Mar. 27, 1945.
  • "Cabin Seating Details of L-1011 Shown," Aviation Week, Apr. 15, 1968, pp. 40-41.

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