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Autonomous docking system for space structures and satellites
Author(s): Guru Prasad; Eddie Tajudeen; James Spenser
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Paper Abstract

Aximetric proposes Distributed Command and Control (C2) architecture for autonomous on-orbit assembly in space with our unique vision and sensor driven docking mechanism. Aximetric is currently working on ip based distributed control strategies, docking/mating plate, alignment and latching mechanism, umbilical structure/cord designs, and hardware/software in a closed loop architecture for smart autonomous demonstration utilizing proven developments in sensor and docking technology. These technologies can be effectively applied to many transferring/conveying and on-orbit servicing applications to include the capturing and coupling of space bound vehicles and components. The autonomous system will be a “smart” system that will incorporate a vision system used for identifying, tracking, locating and mating the transferring device to the receiving device. A robustly designed coupler for the transfer of the fuel will be integrated. Advanced sealing technology will be utilized for isolation and purging of resulting cavities from the mating process and/or from the incorporation of other electrical and data acquisition devices used as part of the overall smart system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5799, Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems II, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606169
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Guru Prasad, Aximetric, Inc. (United States)
Eddie Tajudeen, Aximetric, Inc. (United States)
James Spenser, Aximetric, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5799:
Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems II
Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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