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Prototyping and Testing a Miniaturized Floating Spacecraft Simulator

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Authors
Kulke, Josef
Subjects
FSS
floating spacecraft simulator
inexpensive
simple
simplified
miniaturized
modular
standardized
experimental
open-source
open-source hardware
Advisors
Date of Issue
2022-08
Date
August 2022
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
Floating spacecraft simulators are robotic vehicles which imitate satellite movement in space. The use of floating spacecraft simulators permits experimental validation of Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) algorithms on Earth, before applying them in space, where errors could be catastrophic. Furthermore, FSS constitute an important research and educational tool for university students in space systems engineering curricula. However, all FSS currently in use are custom developed and expensive items. This master thesis covers the development, assembling and testing process of a new Floating Spacecraft Simulator for teaching and research purposes, named MyDAS, standing for Mini Dynamic Autonomous Spacecraft Simulator. By introducing MyDAS, a small, simple and affordable FSS enables broader utilization of FSS for research and education at university and high-school levels. Different propulsion configurations for MyDAS and their corresponding equations of motion are discussed. For one specific configuration, off-the-shelf pneumatic and electronic components are selected and tested. A modular and standardized 3D printed frame holds all parts together, creating a final rigid vehicle. In the end, MyDAS is tested in a variety of experiments with full hardware functionality accomplished.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
Other Units
Naval Postgraduate School
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-SP-22-009
Sponsors
Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg Fakultät für Maschinenbau Professur für Mechatronik Holstenhofweg 85 22043 Hamburg, Germany
Funder
German Armed Forces
Format
116 p.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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