Accession Number : ADD003132
Title : Launch Lock Device.
Descriptive Note : Patent,
Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
Personal Author(s) : Ludlow,Kenneth G
Report Date : 21 Sep 1976
Pagination or Media Count : 5
Abstract : The patent relates to a structural lock for locking in each of three axes, during the launch phase, the rotatable structural portion of a spacecraft and a despun structural shelf commonly used in dual spin spacecraft. A single sliding pin which connects the two sections, is withdrawn by a pyrotechnic device prior to achieving orbit. The pin engages an adjustable spring biased, two piece member which includes serrated mating surfaces for producing a positive shear path in the Z direction.
Descriptors : *Spacecraft, *Spinning(Motion), *Locking fastener devices, *Patents, Locking(Mechanics), Pins, Pyrotechnics, Launching
Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE