Accession Number : ADA301437

Title :   Underwater Delivery System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 29 Dec 93, patented 12 Sep 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Godfrey, Daniel M. ; Chester, Mark V.

Report Date : 12 SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Apparatus for launching a device from a vessel includes a launcher having a pair of launch bay doors retractable within a launch bay, and first and second connection mechanisms for holding first and second ends of the device. The connection mechanisms extend the device partially out of the launch bay simultaneous with the retraction of the bay doors into the launch bay. The first connection mechanism releases the first end of the device while the second connection mechanism rotatably holds the second end of the device. This allows the device to rotate away from the launch bay until a preset position is reached at which point the second end of the device separates from the second connection mechanism allowing the device to move away from the launcher. (MM)

Descriptors :   *RELEASE MECHANISMS, *CONNECTORS, *PATENTS, *TORPEDO LAUNCHERS, *SHIP LAUNCHED, *TUBE LAUNCHED, UNDERWATER VEHICLES, LAUNCHING, ACOUSTIC SIGNATURES, SUBMARINES, SHIP HULLS, UNDERWATER, ACOUSTIC COUNTERMEASURES.

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints
      Marine Engineering
      Torpedoes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE