ADAM Collapsible Truss System


The ADAM collapsible truss system from Able Engineering Inc., is, according to Tilbert [1] something of a simplification upon the earlier FAST mast system produced by the same company. The ADAM system is deployed by a rotating nut at the base, which swivels each bay in turn upon spherical hinges and causes it to spring into a rigid box, as shown by Figure 3-18. Each box is then stiffened and secured as the diagonal cross-ties become taut resulting in a space-proven and highly scalable structure, the longest example of which reached nearly 61 m.

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ADAM boom deployment in progress. Notice that the deployed structure is immediately rigid. From aec-able.com.


Links and References


[1] “Deployable Tensegrity Structures for Space Applications” PhD Thesis, Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

ABLE Engineering Deployable Space Systems website, http://www.aec-able.com/Booms/adam.html

ATK website, articulated mast systems
ATK website, coilable boom systems
Aec-Able engineering patent on a non-tensegrity Survivable deployable/retractable mast

Read about other foldable tensegrity structures:


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