Missile Support and Alignment Assembly
Patent application, filed 22 May 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A missile support and alignment assembly for use on a moving vehicle having a fixed missile launch tube mounted thereon. The assembly comprises a missile support assembly including i a loading tray for supporting a missile, ii a storage structure for supporting the loading tray, and iii mounts resiliently connecting the storage structure to the vehicle. The missile support and alignment assembly further comprises an alignment assembly including i indicator means on the launch tube, ii a sensor on the tray for reading a position of the indicator means, the sensor being adapted to send a signal indicative of position of the tray, and thereby a missile on the tray, relative to the indicator means, and thereby the launch tube, iii a control device adapted to receive the sensor signals and compute movement of the tray necessary to align the missile with the launch tube, the control device being adapted to send corrective signals, and iv alignment motors mounted on the storage structure for receiving the control device signals and for moving the tray relative to the launch tube to bring the missile in the tray into alignment with the launch tube.
- Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support