On-orbit servicing and proximity #1
- Sarah Lammens (S&T)
- Jean François GOESTER ()
- Christina Jetzschmann (Airbus DS Bremen)
Astrodynamics for re-fuelling, payload exchange, and tugging; rendezvous approach (far and close); computation of optimal phasing conditions; docking and mating; contact dynamics; berthing; docking in R-bar and V-bar; optimal ground contacts during rendezvous;
Safe de-orbiting and increasing the life-time of satellites by on-orbit servicing (OOS) will be of high importance in future spaceflight. The rendezvous and docking/berthing (RvD/B) phase is one of the most complex and critical parts of on-orbit servicing and debris removal missions. Several missions and developments have been started like the Restore-L mission of NASA, the RSGS (Robotic...
In the context of future Human Spaceflight exploration missions, Rendezvous and Docking (RVD) operational activities are mandatory and critical for the assembly and maintenance of cislunar structures . The Orion spacecraft is expected to handle cargo delivery and crew exchange missions that will all require RVD. Despite extensive experience in Low Earth and Low Lunar Orbits, no operational...
The present international cooperation scenario for robotic and human space exploration is focusing on mission architectures that revolve around building and exploiting a crew-tended cis-lunar space station, known as Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. Candidate orbits for this vehicle are the near rectilinear halo orbits (NRHO). Therefore, the capability to inject in NRHO...