Accession Number : ADD005379

Title :   Rigid Jointed Limbed Vehicle for Walking on Water with Flanged Feet.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Weisberg,Andrew H

Report Date : 17 Aug 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : A programmable, self-propelled vehicle having articulated, segmented legs and adapted for amphibious locomotion by the use of buoyant, finned feet. The vehicle has a plurality of legs, each of which is composed of a plurality of rigid segments connected by joints through which power is supplied to the leg. Desired vehicle motion is dependent upon the programming and the number and type of leg. The vehicle strides on the surface of water through the use of pivotally moveable buoyant feet employing special high-drag moveable fins which permit rapid vehicle motion. The feet may also be pivoted to a land-use configuration permitting vehicular limbed locomotion on land. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Amphibious vehicles, Self propelled, Segmented, Legs, Buoyancy, Feet, Joints, Inertial guidance, Dynamic programming, Computer programs, Electric batteries

Subject Categories : Surface Effect Vehicles & Amphibious Vehicles
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE