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Rotational canted-joint missile control system

The Rotational Canted-Joint Missile (RCJM) Control System utilizes a single or multiple body joints that rotate in planes that are not perpendicular to the missile body axis. The result is the deflection of a portion of the missile body for flight control purposes. The canted interface plane between any two adjacent movable sections of the missile body and a joint at the interface plane that allows one of the sections to be rotated by a pre-determined angle with respect to the other section comprise a rotational plane mechanism that offers an inclined bearing plane with a large mechanical advantage over typical brute force" ball joint methods."
Inventors: 

Stephen C. Cayson, Roger P. Berry, Lamar M. Auman, Mark D. Dixon, Daniel F. Lawless, J. C. Dunaway, David A. Gibson

Patent Number: 
US6646242
Patent Issue Date: 
December 11, 2003
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(256) 876-3552
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