US Patent No. 10,418,685

FLEXED PERIMETER ROLLER ANTENNA POSITIONER


Patent No. 10,418,685
Issue Date September 17, 2019
Title Flexed Perimeter Roller Antenna Positioner
Inventorship Jared E. Campbell, Salt Lake City, UT (US)
Matthew Bare, Provo, UT (US)
Walter Coe, Springville, UT (US)
Charles Paul Curtis, Provo, UT (US)
Michael Patrick Walton, Provo, UT (US)
Cameron Schmidt, Provo, UT (US)
Bryce Anderson, Pleasant Grove, UT (US)
Jeffrey Allen, Provo, UT (US)
Assignee L3 Technologies, Inc., New York, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,418,685

1. A device for pointing a radiating element, the device comprising:an aligned radiating surface;
a hinged ring that is circumferentially mounted to a rear side of the aligned radiating surface, the hinged ring configured to change azimuth of the aligned radiating surface; and
a tubular joint member comprising a tube with a plurality of slits introduced into the surface of the tube having one end coupled to a rear side of the aligned radiating surface and a second end coupled to a base that is configured to support the aligned radiating surface and the hinged ring, the tubular joint member being configured to change an elevation of the aligned radiating surface, the tubular joint member being configured to be axially and torsionally stiff while being bendable such that the tubular joint member is bendable, but not twistable.