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Michael A Minovitch

from Los Angeles, CA
Age ~86

Michael Minovitch Phones & Addresses

  • St George St, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Canoga Park, CA
  • Cleveland, NY

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Magnetic Condensing System For Cryogenic Engines

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US Patent:
6739137, May 25, 2004
Filed:
May 21, 2002
Appl. No.:
10/151537
Inventors:
Michael Andrew Minovitch - Los Angeles CA,
International Classification:
F25B 2100
US Classification:
62 31, 62467
Abstract:
A method and apparatus is provided for generating an artificial heat sink below ambient temperature for a cryogenic condenser by isothermally magnetizing a paramagnetic fluid and removing the magnetic field thereby creating a temperature drop in the fluid by the magentocaloric effect. The heat of magnetization is converted into mechanical work by initially placing the fluid inside a sealed chamber with a door that opens to a conduit leading into the bore of a superconducting solenoid. When the solenoid is energized with current, it creates a strong axial magnetic field that exerts magnetic attractive forces on the fluid inside the chamber. When the fluid is released by opening the door, it is accelerated through the conduit toward the superconducting solenoid where it becomes magnetized by the increasing strength of the magnetic field. By mounting a non-magnetic turbine inside the conduit between the solenoid and the chamber, the kinetic energy of the accelerating flow stream, which is equal to the heat of magnetization, is converted into mechanical work thereby achieving isothermal magnetization. By removing the magnetic field after the fluid enters the bore of the solenoid, a temperature reduction is achieved thereby enabling the fluid to absorb heat in a cryogenic condenser.

Electromagnetic Launching System For Long-Range Guided Munitions

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US Patent:
4791850, Dec 20, 1988
Filed:
Jan 23, 1986
Appl. No.:
6/835878
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
F41F 102
US Classification:
89 8
Abstract:
An Earth-based, rapid-fire, electromagnetic accelerator system is provided for launching multiple hypervelocity nuclear or non-nuclear independently targetable warheads on ballistic trajectories to targets located anywhere on or above the Earth's surface. The warheads are mounted inside a reinforced launching sabot containing a plurality of coaxial superconducting dipole magnets. The sabot is magnetically accelerated to hypervelocities inside a large-bore vacuum tube by sequentially exciting a series of driving coils mounted coaxially along the tube. The sabots are injected into the tube from pre-evacuated storage canisters thereby eliminating the need for an air-lock. Terminal guidance systems allow the warheads to be fired over intercontinental distances to hit small, preselected targets with nearly perfect accuracy. The launch velocities are sufficiently high to enable warheads to also intercept and destroy orbiting satellites moving in space high above the Earth's surface.

Magnetic Propulsion System And Operating Method

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US Patent:
6193194, Feb 27, 2001
Filed:
Sep 1, 1998
Appl. No.:
9/146927
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
B64G 140
US Classification:
244172
Abstract:
A traveling-field, magnetic propulsion system and operating method is provided for achieving economical space travel. The system is based upon designing the vehicle in the form of a single-stage streamlined circular toroidal airfoil containing a thin-walled superconducting solenoid. It is initially launched vertically off the earth's surface into a vacuum environment at 125 km using conventional rocket propulsion. It is then accelerated along a high-inclination trajectory by a traveling repulsive magnetic field generated by ejecting an easily ionizable low-density gas cloud in the vehicle's magnetic field and transmitting a high-power, plane-polarized, microwave beam at the cloud tuned to the electron cyclotron resonant frequency. The transmitter is constructed horizontally on the earth's surface as an electronically-steered, phased array several hundred meters in diameter energized by a large superconducting energy storage system. The transmitter will be able to transmit a converging CW microwave beam at the vehicle with very high power to magnetically accelerate it over great distances without atmospheric breakdown.

Rapid Transit System

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US Patent:
3954064, May 4, 1976
Filed:
May 3, 1974
Appl. No.:
5/466609
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
Assignee:
Gravity Transit Company - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
B61B 1310
US Classification:
104138R
Abstract:
A rapid transit system in which a vehicle, typically comprising a train of detachably coupled cars, is suspended in an underground vacuum tunnel by permanent magnetic rails of high coercivity and propelled by gravity. For closely spaced stations, such as in urban areas, the connecting tunnel paths are smooth continuous curves, lying essentially in the vertical planes connecting adjacent stations. For widely separated stations, such as in inter-city transit systems, the tunnel paths have horizontal reaches at their maximum depth, joined at the ends by smooth paths which arc up towards each station. The magnetic suspension and the vacuum environment enables the vehicle to move frictionlessly at high speeds without contacting the rails or any other part of the tunnel. Gravity propulsion from one station to the next is accomplished by allowing the vehicle to move frictionlessly down the decending arc of the tunnel, during which time it is accelerated by gravity, and decelerating by gravitational braking while moving along the tunnel's ascending arc. Thus, the trip is accomplished by transforming the vehicle's gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy and back into gravitational potential energy.

Orbiting Solar Power Station

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US Patent:
4078747, Mar 14, 1978
Filed:
Jun 2, 1975
Appl. No.:
5/582699
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
Assignee:
Phaser Telepropulsion, Inc. - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
B64G 130
US Classification:
244159
Abstract:
The invention described herein is an orbiting solar powered, energy collecting, storage and transmitting station. Initially, a large array of solar cells collects and transforms radiant solar energy into moderate amounts of electrical current. This electrical current is fed into a large superconducting coil where it is gradually built up to very high values. The electrical energy is thereby converted and stored in the resulting magnetic field. This magnetic energy is extracted by drawing off the current at very high rates and used to energize a laser or microwave generator for wireless power transmission. Since the discharge of the superconducting coil can proceed at rates many times greater than the charging rate, the resulting beamed power can, over short time intervals, be many times greater than the rate of solar radiation falling on the solar array. Alternatively, the energy can be stored gradually in rotating flywheels for fast rate beaming.

Rapid Transit System

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US Patent:
4075948, Feb 28, 1978
Filed:
Jan 31, 1974
Appl. No.:
5/438230
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
B61B 1310
US Classification:
104138R
Abstract:
A rapid transit system in which a vehicle, typically consisting of a train of detachably coupled cars, is suspended in a vacuum tunnel with at least two sloping reaches from a ferromagnetic monorail of high resistivity by magnetic attraction and propelled by gravity. Servo-controlled electromagnets allow the vehicle to be suspended from the rail without actually being in contact with it or any other part of the tunnel. Propulsion by gravity from one station to the next is accomplished by allowing the vehicle to coast frictionlessly down one sloping reach of the tunnel during which time it is automatically accelerated, leveling off at the horizontal reach at some cruising depth where it coasts along at an essentially constant maximum speed, and then moving up the next sloping reach toward the second station during which time it is automatically decelerated, and finally stopping at the station where the original elevation is reached. When moving from one station to another station at a lower elevation, the excess kinetic energy is recovered by regenerative braking and stored in flywheel alternator-motor energy storage units to be used later in electric motors that enable the vehicle to move from one station to another station at a higher elevation, eventually returning to the original elevation.

Light Gun

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US Patent:
5243894, Sep 14, 1993
Filed:
Jun 5, 1992
Appl. No.:
7/893730
Inventors:
Michael A. Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
F41G 1100
F41G 1300
US Classification:
89 111
Abstract:
A battery-operated hand-held multiflash light generator is provided for temporarily blinding an assailant at a distance. The light generator comprises a plurality of high energy storage capacitors, charged by a battery-operated high voltage power supply, and a high intensity flashtube. A high current electronic switch discharges each capacitor through the flashtube thereby generating an intense flash of light. The flash is focused by a reflector to form a concentrated beamed light flash which is aimed at an assailant's head. The intensity of the light flash is sufficiently strong to cause temporary blindness, thereby rendering the assailant immobile. By using discharge capacitors with very high energy storage, and a high intensity flashtube, and a focusing reflector, it is possible to project a light flash several orders of magnitude brighter than the sun. A manual/automatic system is also provided for controlling the brightness. As soon as a capacitor is discharged by generating a light flash, it is automatically recharged a few seconds later.

Light Gun

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US Patent:
5641222, Jun 24, 1997
Filed:
Jun 2, 1995
Appl. No.:
8/458433
Inventors:
Michael Andrew Minovitch - Los Angeles CA
International Classification:
F41G 134
US Classification:
362111
Abstract:
A hand-held multiple-shot flash generator is presented for temporarily blinding an assailant at a distance. The light is generated by a plurality of ultra high intensity flash bulbs containing a fast-burning substance such as magnesium sealed in pressurized pure oxygen that is triggered by an electric current. A portion of the glass bulbs is coated with a reflective surface to concentrate and project the light flash in a forward direction. The intensity of the flash striking the eyes is sufficiently strong to cause temporary blindness, thereby rendering the assailant mobile. The flash bulbs are mounted in a cylindrical housing containing a battery and a bulb firing and ejection system designed to give repetitive operation.

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Michael Minovitch

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Planetary Grand Tour

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Mathematician


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Mathematician

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University of California, Los Angeles • University of California, Berkeley

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