STUDY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SIMULATION OF RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING OF SPACE VEHICLES.
Rept. for Apr 62-July 63,
BELL AEROSPACE CORP BUFFALO N Y
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This report presents results of a study to establish computer requirements for the simulation of rendezvous and docking systems in space vehicles. A literature search was made to establish rendezvous and docking systems which have been proposed. A complete simulation of a representative automatically controlled rendezvous and docking system was formulated and programmed on an IBM-7090 digital computer. Sufficient flexibility was incorporated into this simulation so that the proposed rendezvous and docking techniques could be studied. This program was used to determine digital computer requirements for the simulation of rendezvous and docking systems. Mission runs were made covering terminal guidance, docking, departure, retro, and deorbit to the earths atmosphere. A simplified simulation of rendezvous and docking was programmed on analog computers and coupled with a cockpit simulator. This simulation included an electronic image generation of a target vehicle as viewed by an astronaut through a window in the interceptor vehicle. Author