›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (2): 41-.doi: 10.3780/j.issn.1000-758X.2015.02.006

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Design and Analysis of Non-cooperative TargetDrag-and-drop Docking Mechanism


  1. (1 School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001) (2 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Spacecraft Institutions, Shanghai 210016)
  • Published:2015-04-25 Online:2015-04-25

Abstract: According to the requirements of the non-cooperative target docking technology, a type of non-cooperative target drag-and-drop docking mechanism was proposed. The drag-and-drop docking mechanism is more reliable compared to the previous docking mechanisms. A three-dimensional model of the drag-and-drop docking mechanism was established. The range of the envelope space of the docking mechanism was determined. Kinematics and dynamics simulations were performed for the docking mechanism using the ADAMS software, to identify the dynamic characteristics of the docking process between the target satellite and the docking mechanism, and the capture force and the stress on the joints in the docking process. The simulation results show that the drag-and-drop docking mechanism can capture the target satellite effectively and reliably, and is suitable as a potential non-cooperative target docking mechanism.

Key words: Non-cooperative target, Docking mechanism, Drag-and-drop, Kinematic analysis, Dynamic simulation, Satellite