Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking for Space Debris Mitigation

Launch vehicles are nonlinear dynamic systems that require skill to maneuver in tight spaces as required for docking and berthing maneuvers (DBMs). This problem is akin to the difficult task of parallel parking for ground vehicles. However, whereas the latter task can be based on a simple kinematic model, DBMs for space vehicles require the use of more complex dynamic models due to the need to model the less precise actuators (e.g., thrusters) and to explicitly consider the inertia of the vehicle due to the lack of friction or environmental resistance.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Centers of Excellence, Commercial Space Transportation. Additional contract numbers: 10-C-CST-SU-014, 10-C-CST-FSU-007, 10-C-CST-SU-028,10-C-CST-FSU-027 .


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $601500.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    Florida State University, Miami

    University Park Campus
    Miami, FL  United States  33199-

    University of Florida, Gainsville

    339 Weil Hall
    Gainsville, FL  United States  32611

    Stanford University

    320 Panama Street
    Stanford, CA  United States  94305
  • Principal Investigators:

    Collins, Emmanuel

    Fitz-Coy, Norman

    Rock, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20110124
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30228

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571736
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 10-C-CST-SU-004, 10-C-CST-UFL-006
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2015 1:01AM