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Title: Support and maneuvering device

Abstract

A support and maneuvering device includes an elongated flexible inflatable enclosure having a fixed end and a movable end. The movable end is collapsible toward the fixed end to a contracted position when the enclosure is in a noninflated condition. Upon inflation, the movable end is movable away from the fixed end to an extended position. The movable end includes means for mounting an article such as a solar reflector thereon. The device also includes a plurality of position controlling means disposed about the movable end to effect adjusting movement of portions thereof by predetermined amounts and for controlling an angle at which the article disposed at the movable end is oriented. The plurality of position controlling means limits a suitable number degrees of freedom of the movable end for transmitting a steering motion thereto and for controlling the position thereof.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Arvada, CO)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
MIDWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
OSTI Identifier:
866668
Patent Number(s):
4762298
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) NREL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
support; maneuvering; device; elongated; flexible; inflatable; enclosure; fixed; movable; collapsible; contracted; position; noninflated; condition; inflation; extended; means; mounting; article; solar; reflector; thereon; plurality; controlling; disposed; effect; adjusting; movement; portions; predetermined; amounts; angle; oriented; limits; suitable; degrees; freedom; transmitting; steering; motion; thereto; elongated flexible; extended position; means disposed; predetermined amount; position control; predetermined amounts; flexible inflatable; means limit; solar reflector; contracted position; maneuvering device; /248/52/126/254/

Citation Formats

Wood, Richard L. Support and maneuvering device. United States: N. p., 1988. Web.
Wood, Richard L. Support and maneuvering device. United States.
Wood, Richard L. Fri . "Support and maneuvering device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866668.
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abstractNote = {A support and maneuvering device includes an elongated flexible inflatable enclosure having a fixed end and a movable end. The movable end is collapsible toward the fixed end to a contracted position when the enclosure is in a noninflated condition. Upon inflation, the movable end is movable away from the fixed end to an extended position. The movable end includes means for mounting an article such as a solar reflector thereon. The device also includes a plurality of position controlling means disposed about the movable end to effect adjusting movement of portions thereof by predetermined amounts and for controlling an angle at which the article disposed at the movable end is oriented. The plurality of position controlling means limits a suitable number degrees of freedom of the movable end for transmitting a steering motion thereto and for controlling the position thereof.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1988},
month = {1}
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