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Title: Automatic rapid attachable warhead section

Disclosed are a method and apparatus for automatically selecting warheads or reentry vehicles from a storage area containing a plurality of types of warheads or reentry vehicles, automatically selecting weapon carriers from a storage area containing at least one type of weapon carrier, manipulating and aligning the selected warheads or reentry vehicles and weapon carriers, and automatically coupling the warheads or reentry vehicles with the weapon carriers such that coupling of improperly selected warheads or reentry vehicles with weapon carriers is inhibited. Such inhibition enhances safety of operations and is achieved by a number of means including computer control of the process of selection and coupling and use of connectorless interfaces capable of assuring that improperly selected items will be rejected or rendered inoperable prior to coupling. Also disclosed are a method and apparatus wherein the stated principles pertaining to selection, coupling and inhibition are extended to apply to any item-to-be-carried and any carrying assembly. 10 figures.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7106326
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) SNL; EDB-94-103536
Patent Number(s):
US 5311436; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 7-652736
Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 8 Feb 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; REENTRY VEHICLES; MATERIALS HANDLING; WEAPONS; AUTOMATION; COMPUTERIZED CONTROL SYSTEMS; COUPLING; MILITARY EQUIPMENT; MISSILES; RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS; SAFETY; STORAGE; CONTROL SYSTEMS; EQUIPMENT; ON-LINE CONTROL SYSTEMS; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; SPACE VEHICLES; VEHICLES; 450000* - Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense