1014. Space Simulation Platform


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D G Stadelbauer: 1014. Space Simulation Platform. In: 33rd Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, May 6-8, pp. 8, Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, 1974.



To test the performance of spacecraft attitude control systems, Schenck has developed a three-axes space simulation platform. It consists essentially of a cylindrically shaped cage made of lightweight aluminum structural members, supported at its center of gravity by a spherical gas bearing. Angular motion is 360o about the (vertical) roll axis, plus/minus 10o about the pitch and yaw axes.
Various means are employed to reduce error sources to a minimum so that accurate comparison between calculated and actual performance of attitude control systems may be made.


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