Automated Rendezvous and Docking of Spacecraft (Cambridge by Dr Wigbert Fehse

By Dr Wigbert Fehse

This definitive reference for area engineers offers an summary of the foremost concerns governing strategy and mating ideas, and procedure ideas for rendezvous & docking/berthing (RVD/B). those issues are addressed and defined in a fashion that aerospace engineers, scholars or even novices to the sphere can collect a simple figuring out of RVD/B.

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Feq can be used as a quasi-inertial frame. 2 Orbital plane frame Fop The Fop coordinate frame is used when only the motion within the orbital plane has to be described. 2. Fop frame. • axis a1 : in the orbital plane, pointing toward the ascending node; • axis a2 : in the orbital plane, such that a3 = a1 × a2 ; • axis a3 : normal to orbital plane, inclined to the north direction by the angle i. 3) and by a further rotation about the axis through the nodes by the inclination angle i:       xop 1 0 0 cos Ω sin Ω 0 xeq  yop  =  0 cos i sin i   − sin Ω cos Ω 0   yeq  0 − sin i cos i 0 0 1 zop zeq Fop can be used to describe orbital transfer manoeuvres.

During this phase, launch injection errors for inclination and RAAN will successively be corrected. As a rule, all phasing manoeuvres are controlled from ground. Phasing ends with the acquisition of either an ‘initial aim point’, or with the achievement of a set of margins for position and velocity values at a certain range, called the ‘trajectory gate’ or ‘entry gate’. The margins of the ‘aim point’ or the ‘gate’ must be achieved to make the final part of the approach possible. The aim point or ‘gate’ will be on the target orbit, or very close to it, and from this position the far range relative rendezvous operations can commence.

1. The basic difference concerning capture between docking and berthing is that in docking the body of the approaching vehicle is actively controlled to guide its capture interfaces into the corresponding interfaces on the target vehicle. In berthing, the manipulator arm plays the active role, guiding its grapple mechanism to capture the passive grapple fixture on the other vehicle. As a matter of fact, the manipulator arm can be located on either the target station or the approaching vehicle, and vice versa for the passive grapple fixture.

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