The Contact Dynamics Simulation Laboratory (CDSL) of the Marshall Space Flight Center provides for refined hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation of docking and berthing mechanisms and associated control systems. This facility is employed to verify the performance of docking/berthing mechanisms during Earth-orbit operations, determine the capture envelope of docking/berthing devices, measure contact loads at vehicle interfaces, and evaluate visual cues for man-in-the-loop operations. The CDSL has developed test verified analytical models of such systems as the International Space Station (ISS) Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Three Point Docking Mechanism. This paper will describe the modeling and test techniques employed at the CDSL and present results from recent programs.
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Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of Space-based Systems III
17 April 2006 | Orlando (Kissimmee), Florida, United States