Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Clifford, Krass, Groh, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C.
  • Patent number: 6742745
    Abstract: This invention solves problems associated with prior-art soft-dock mechanisms by placing all active components of a soft-dock system on the chaser side of the mechanism, leaving the target side of the mechanism completely passive (i.e., requiring no power expenditure or self-actuated moving parts to operate). In particular, the active components are supported on the end of a flexible cable attached to the probe, or chaser, side of the device. These components act as a sort of spring-loaded “trap.” Once the end of the probe passes into a receptacle on the target side, the mechanism is triggered, engaging it in such a way that it can no longer be pulled out of the receptacle until it is reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Michigan Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Pete Tchoryk, Jane Pavlich, Greg Ritter, Anthony B. Hays