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Robotic system for retractable teleoperated arm within enclosed shell with capability of operating within a confined space

United States Patent

September 4, 2001
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An apparatus for performing a task in a confined space having an access port. The apparatus comprise: a confinement box securable to the access port of the confined space; a shell extending from the confinement box; a teleoperated arm movable between a retracted position, in which the teleoperated arm is disposed within the shell, and a deployed position, in which the teleoperated arm extends through the access port and into the confined space to perform the task; and a control system for commanding the teleoperated arm. The arm links and joint connectors of the teleoperated arm assembly are the conduits for the process
Randolph; John David (Maryville, TN), Lloyd; Peter Downes (Knoxville, TN), Love; Lonnie Joe (Knoxville, TN), Kwon; Dong Soo (Taejon, KR), Blank; James Allen (Knoxville, TN), Davis; Hurley Thomas (Dublin, OH)
U T Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 111,017
July 7, 1998
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-96OR22464 between the Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation and the Department of Energy.