Compact, Stiff, Remotely activated Quick Release Clamp (MSC-22722)

Clamps available on the market do not have their own remote releases, which must be customized and added separately. NASA's concept is a compact, stiff, remotely-activated quick release clamp that could weigh as little as 10 pounds, yet hold a load up to 10,000 pounds. Even at that load, the operator need only supply an opening force of about 25 pounds to an over center lock/release mechanism. The clamp jaws would then open widely to at least 90°. The clamp might also be used in robotic or automated operations. NASA patented this clamp concept (Pat. No. 6,158,729) but has not developed it further.

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