Accession Number:

ADD019935

Title:

A Vehicle Launch Assembly for Underwater Platforms

Descriptive Note:

Patent Application, Filed 06 Sep 2000

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2000-09-06

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

A vehicle launch assembly for underwater platforms includes a water tank mounted on the platform, and a plunger movably disposed in the tank and dividing the tank into first and second zones, the first zone being in communication with a water environment in which the platform is disposed and the second zone being in communication with a launch tube inlet line mounted on the platform. An actuator is connected to the plunger and is operable to move the plunger in the tank. A triggering device initiates operation of the actuator, moving the plunger in the tank to push water from tile tank second zone to the launch tube inlet line to eject a vehicle from the launch tube, or moving the plunger to enlarge the tank second zone to draw water thereinto from a valve in communication with the water environment and the tank.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE