Spring Joint Package with Overstrain Sensor

Universal joints on NASAs previous space rovers were unactuated and under-constrained, and thus were able to twist into undesirable positions and often lock up.
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Description

Efficient, flexible joint providing a substantial amount of compliance

Universal joints on NASAs previous space rovers were unactuated and under-constrained, and thus were able to twist into undesirable positions and often lock up. To prevent this problematic seizing, it was necessary to redesign the joint in an encompassing manner that would also protect the integrity of the rover. The newly created joint would provide a capability that is easily integrated into designs and would be applicable for terrestrial benefits.

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Project Detail
Date:
November 8, 2016
Patent:
2017-3
Place of Invention:
Goddard Space Flight Center