Accession Number : ADD013242

Title :   Deployment Mechanism for an Electronic Array.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 16 Sep 82, patented 16 Oct 84,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Malvick, David L

Report Date : 16 Oct 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : A deployment mechanism automatically deploys stavelike electronic sensing units in a circular array and locks the sensing units in position. One end each of an upper and of a lower arm are pivotally connected to a stavelike sensing unit. The other end of the upper arm is pivotally connected to a central supporting electronic unit via a band having tabs. The other end of the lower arm is connected via a hinge support and spring to the central unit. The spring provides the power to rotate the arms down, forming the array segment. The spring also translates the lower arm into a slot in the hinge support to lock the lower arm and, thus, the sensing unit in position. (Patent)

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *ARRAYS, *ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, *DETECTORS, *DEPLOYMENT, AUTOMATIC, CIRCULAR, PATTERNS, SPRINGS, RELEASE MECHANISMS, ACTIVATION, ENGINEERING DRAWINGS

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE