Retractable covering for spaces

  • US 6,003,269 A
  • Filed: 04/07/1997
  • Issued: 12/21/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/07/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A retractable covering for a space, said covering comprising a plurality of retractable panels having three or four sides, said panels having shapes corresponding to sectional divisions of said space, each of said panels having one base side, said base sides mounted at the perimeter of said space, said panels having leading corners movable toward the inner portion of said space, said leading corners having fixedly attached thereto cables or other means of supporting in tension, said cables movable longitudinally along paths of travel passing in helical crossings near predetermined points above said space, said cables supported in tension beyond said helical crossings, said covering further including means for driveably retracting and deploying said panels and said cables whereby a full deployment of said panels may effect an overlapping of the edges of said space and an overlapping of the edges of adjacent said panels resulting in a covering of said space, said covering further including means for storing said panels and said cables when retracted.

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