ADAM Collapsible Truss System

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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.

ADAM boom deployment in progress. Notice that the deployed structure is immediately rigid. From

Links and References

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

ABLE Engineering Deployable Space Systems website,

ATK website, mast systems

ATK website, boom systems

Aec-Able engineering patent on a non-tensegrity deployable/retractable mast