Patent Number: 6,305,309

Title: Attitude and roll stabilizer for towed undersea devices

Abstract: An attitude and roll stabilizer for towed undersea vehicles includes a vertical joining rod having an upper end and a lower end, a roll control weight mounted to the lower end of the vertical joining rod, an attitude control surface mounted to the upper end of the vertical joining rod, a tow rod pivotally mounted transverse to the vertical joining rod, an actuator member connected to the vertical joining rod between the tow rod and the roll control weight, and a connecting bar connecting the actuator adjacent to the aft end of the tow rod. A change in tow speed of the towed vehicle selectively pivots the tow rod about the vertical joining rod, and is correspondingly compensated for with a counteractive pitching of the attitude control surface and the roll control weight, thereby maintaining the level of the towed vehicle at the altered speed.

Inventors: Ead; Richard M. (Wakefield, RI), Pendleton; Robert L. (Portsmouth, RI)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy

International Classification: B63G 8/14 (20060101); B63G 8/00 (20060101); B63G 8/42 (20060101); B63G 008/14 (); B63B 021/56 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018