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1. (WO2017040462) RIGIDIZING LATCH ASSEMBLY

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040462    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/049370
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Aug 31 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B64G 1/64
B64G 4/00
E05C 1/08
E05C 19/00
F16B 21/06
H01R 13/627
Applicants: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Inventors: SHAFER, Richard Eugene
ROBERTSON, William Claude
Title: RIGIDIZING LATCH ASSEMBLY
Abstract:
A rigidizing latch assembly 1 which, in embodiments, is a robotically compatible aerospace attachment mechanism, may be used to rigidly attach units to a structure and typically comprises male latch 10 and receptacle 20 configured to cooperatively couple. Male latch 10 typically comprises male latch housing 4 and latch assembly 5 movably disposed within male latch housing 4; driver 106 operatively in communication with latch support 101; male latch core 15; driver interface access port 117; and one or more extraction feet 18 operatively in communication with driver 106. Receptacle 20 comprises receptacle housing 24 sized to receive lower portion 3 of male latch housing 4; positioning target 12 adapted to provide a visual positioning targeting cue; and one or more latch interfaces 21 dimensioned to releasably mate with a corresponding lead-in guide of the plurality of lead-in guides 14.