Deployment Mechanism for an Electronic Array.
Patent, Filed 16 Sep 82, patented 16 Oct 84,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A deployment mechanism automatically deploys stavelike electronic sensing units in a circular array and locks the sensing units in position. One end each of an upper and of a lower arm are pivotally connected to a stavelike sensing unit. The other end of the upper arm is pivotally connected to a central supporting electronic unit via a band having tabs. The other end of the lower arm is connected via a hinge support and spring to the central unit. The spring provides the power to rotate the arms down, forming the array segment. The spring also translates the lower arm into a slot in the hinge support to lock the lower arm and, thus, the sensing unit in position. Patent
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment