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6 DOF testing of the orbital express capture system
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Paper Abstract

One of the important components of the Virtual System Integration (VSI) process is subsystem testing. The Orbital Express Capture System (OECS), an important subsystem of the DARPA/Boeing Orbital Express Program Demonstration System, was put through 6 DOF testing at the Marshall Space Flight Center Contact Dynamics Simulation Laboratory. Aims of the testing were two-fold: verify proper functionality of the system in a flight-like test to give early indication of any design issues, and provide appropriate test data for correlation and validation of the capture system dynamics analysis model to support OECS verification. This paper will briefly review the VSI process, the Orbital Express program, the Orbital Express Capture System and describe recent 6 DOF testing of the Orbital Express 6 DOF Capture System.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 5799, Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems II, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606222
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Pejmun Motaghedi, The Boeing Co., Phantom Works (United States)
Shane Stamm, Starsys Research Corp. (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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