Diver Operated Hand Control System for an Underwater Vehicle.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a hand control system for operating starboard and port horizontal thrusters and forward and aft vertical thrusters of an underwater diver operated vehicle. The hand control includes starboard and port handgrips, each handgrip being mounted on the vehicle for pivotal up and down swinging movement and rotation about its longitudinal axis. Each handgrip has a horizontal thruster cam in a vertical plane which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the handgrip and operable by rotation of the handgrip. Included is a vertical thruster cam lying in a vertical plane which includes the longitudinal axis of the handgrip and operable by a swining movement of the handgrip. These cams in turn operate upon cam followers when the handgrip is swung andor rotated to selectively actuate the horizontal and vertical thrusters in on, off, or reverse modes.
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