Tilt-Ball Turret With Gimbal Lock Avoidance

  • US 20130048792A1
  • Filed: 08/29/2011
  • Published: 02/28/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A turret assembly for attachment on the undersurface of an aircraft, the assembly comprising:

  • a roll actuator including a drive shaft;

    a yoke having a cross member coupled to the drive shaft and a pair of prongs, the yoke being rotated via the roll actuator and drive shaft along a roll axis oriented substantially parallel to the body of the aircraft;

    a turret mounted on the prongs of the yoke; and

    a tilt actuator within the turret, the tilt actuator tilting the turret on a tilt axis relative to the yoke, the tilt axis being perpendicular to the roll axis.

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