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An on-the-ground simulator of autonomous docking and spacecraft servicing for research and education
Author(s): Marcello Romano
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Paper Abstract

On-orbit spacecraft servicing has become a realistic and promising space mission. The Autonomous Docking and Spacecraft Servicing Simulator (AUDASS), introduced in this paper, is a research facility for on-the-ground testing of proximity navigation, docking and satellite servicing technologies and for the experimental verification of dynamics models and control laws. Moreover, the test-bed constitutes a valuable educational tool for the university students directly involved in its design and exploitation. This paper presents the current status of the on-going development of the AUDASS simulator and reports the results of some preliminary tests. The AUDASS system consists of two independent robotic vehicles, a chaser and a target. The vehicles float, via air pads, on a polished granite table providing a frictionless support for the simulation in 2-D of the micro-gravity dynamics. The introduction of the paper provides a wide overview of the on-going research efforts to make autonomous docking and servicing of spacecraft a reality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5419, Spacecraft Platforms and Infrastructure, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541141
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Marcello Romano, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5419:
Spacecraft Platforms and Infrastructure
Peter Tchoryk Jr.; Melissa Wright, Editor(s)

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