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Mobility platform coupling device and method for coupling mobility platforms

United States Patent

December 3, 2002
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A coupling device for connecting a first mobility platform to a second mobility platform in tandem. An example mobility platform is a robot. The coupling device has a loose link mode for normal steering conditions and a locking position, tight link mode for navigation across difficult terrain and across obstacles, for traversing chasms, and for navigating with a reduced footprint in tight steering conditions.
Shirey; David L. (Albuquerque, NM), Hayward; David R. (Albuquerque, NM), Buttz; James H. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 746,717
December 21, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.