Connor Whyley
Jan. 11, 2021
1:27 a.m. PST

Interface Technologies

Rotite® is a great mechanical fastening technology that can be very low profile and uses a short degree of rotation for strong connection. The interfaces can be tailored to each application and therefore it is a great way to make a modular system with both physical and electronic connections. It's incredibly strong and is perfect for removing metallic fasteners from a system.

I think this is a great application as with just a 60mm nylon Rotite® it can carry loads of up to 5.4 tonnes in tensile and unlike traditional fastening technologies it takes even more in shear.
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Grant Riley
Jan. 13, 2021
8:25 a.m. PST
Up-vote for this! Huge potential as a universal mechanical interface between payloads and landers.

The simplest implementation could involve the entire payload revolving to un-fasten itself from the lander. A single (actuated) pin could lock the rotation for safe transit.
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