Patent Number: 8,878,734

Title: Antenna support structures

Abstract: An antenna support structure for a remote vehicle comprises a tubular mast configured to demonstrate a non-linear response to radial force. The mast is rigid and configured to hold an antenna approximately perpendicular to a base of the mast at equilibrium during operation of the remote vehicle and elastically buckle in response to a predetermined radial force on the antenna. The support structure is also configured to return to equilibrium once the predetermined radial force is removed.

Inventors: Williams; Eddie (Los Osos, CA)

Assignee: iRobot Corporation

International Classification: H01Q 1/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00