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Azimuthal Pointing System for Scientific Ballooning

Abstract: 

One embodiment provides an azimuthal pointing system for scientific ballooning. An apparatus, method and/or system are configured to drive a motor to twist a torsion member of a torsion pendulum and to utilize a restoring force of the torsion member to adjust a pointing direction (i.e., pointing angle) of a payload. The torsion pendulum includes the torsion member, the payload and the motor. The payload is coupled to the torsion member by the motor. 

Patent Number: 
10,671,093
Date Of Issue: 
06/02/2020
Inventors: 

Craig E. DeForest; Glenn T. Laurent; Jedediah H. Diller