Fin Assembly for a Vehicle
Patent, Filed 1 May 96, patented 26 Aug 97
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A fin assembly for effecting guidance of a vehicle through a fluid medium includes an electromagnet fixed in a portion of the vehicle, and a rigid shaft fixed to a hull portion of the vehicle and extending outwardly therefrom and in alignment with the electromagnet. A fin is rotatably mounted on the shaft and is, at least in part, a permanent magnet. A switch assembly is provided in the vehicle for effecting in a first portion of the electromagnet an attractive force between the electromagnet and the permanent magnet, and in a second portion of the electromagnet a repelling force there between, to cause the fin to rotate on the shaft in a selected direction to effect the guidance of the vehicle.
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