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Rendezvous Simulation for On-Orbit Servicing Missions Using Advanced Robotic Technology

Boge, Toralf and Benninghoff, Heike (2013) Rendezvous Simulation for On-Orbit Servicing Missions Using Advanced Robotic Technology. 19th International Symposium on Automatic Control in Space, 02.-06. September 2013, Würzburg, Deutschland.

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Increasing complexity and costs of satellite missions promote the idea of extending the operational lifetime or improving functionalities/performance of a satellite in orbit instead of simply replacing it by a new one. Further, satellites in orbit can severely be affected by aging or degradation of their components and systems as well as by consumption of available resources. These problems may be solved by satellite on-orbit servicing (OOS) missions. One of the critical issues of such a mission is to ensure a safe and reliable Rendezvous and Docking (RvD) operation performed autonomously in space. Due to the high risk associated with an RvD operation, it must be carefully analyzed, simulated and verified in detail before the real space mission can be launched. This paper describes a ground-based hardware-in-the-loop RvD simulation facility. Designed and built on 2-decade experience of RvD experiment and testing, this unique, high-fidelity simulation facility is capable of physically simulating the final approach within 25-meter range and the docking/capture process of an on-orbital servicing mission. Additionally this paper presents first results of hardware in the loop simulations for a rendezvous process to a non-cooperative target.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87049/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Rendezvous Simulation for On-Orbit Servicing Missions Using Advanced Robotic Technology
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Benninghoff, HeikeDLRUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Hardware in the Loop Simulation, Guidance, Navigation and Control, Vision based Navigation, On-Orbit Servicing, Rendezvous
Event Title:19th International Symposium on Automatic Control in Space
Event Location:Würzburg, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:02.-06. September 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben On-Orbit Servicing - GNC und VR
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Benninghoff, Heike
Deposited On:19 Dec 2013 14:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:44

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