IR&D efforts in recent years have focused on effective means of performing automated rendezvous and proximity operations. The primary focus for application has been to the Space Shuttle Orbiter and potential derivations, such as the Reusable Cargo Vehicle (RCV), studied in FY 1990. All candidate vehicle mission scenarios have included approach to docking or berthing with the Space Station Freedom (SSF). Results to date indicate that application of appropriate guidance algorithms can reduce docking contact or relative offset conditions, resulting in potential simplification of capture systems.
Automated Rendezvous and Capture Review. Executive Summary
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- Orbital Rendezvous;
- Space Shuttle Orbiters;
- Space Station Freedom;
- Spacecraft Docking;
- Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance