US 9,809,281 B2
Submersible buoy, inflation control system and kit
Glenn S. Welch, Belmont, NH (US)
Filed by Glenn S. Welch, Belmont, NH (US)
Filed on Apr. 27, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/139,956.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/163,084, filed on May 18, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0340001 A1, Nov. 24, 2016
Int. Cl. B63B 22/22 (2006.01); B63B 22/06 (2006.01)
CPC B63B 22/22 (2013.01) [B63B 22/06 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A submersible buoy comprising:
an airtight, watertight, flexible body defining a space, comprising:
a mooring end attachable to a mooring line; and
an exposed end that faces away from water when said submersible buoy is floating; and
an inflation control system disposed at least partially within said space, said inflation control system comprising:
a pressure vessel shaped and dimensioned to store compressed gas;
a gas valve in fluid communication with said pressure vessel and said space;
a gas compressor in fluid communication with said pressure vessel such that said gas compressor is capable of performing operations comprising:
releasing gas from said pressure vessel into said space; and
sucking gas from said space into said pressure vessel;
a controller in electronic communication with said gas compressor and said gas valve such that said controller controls at least a position of said gas valve and said operations of said gas compressor; and
a battery in electric communication with at least said gas compressor such that said battery powers said operations of said gas compressor.