Control Aspects as Elaborated in Space Rendezvous Simulations,
ERNO RAUMFAHRTTECHNIK G M B H BREMEN (GERMANY F R)
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For the last few years, the European Space Agency had been sponsoring an increasing system and technology study effort related to in-orbit operations, covering - in particular - the performance of Rendezvous and Docking RVD between two spacecraft. These two spacecraft, the one actively doing the rendezvous, the other passively waiting, we hereafter term the chaser and its target, respectively. Unlike the US mission, RVD here is supposed to be done without any man in space. The chaser does its operations to some extent automatically, having on board the degree of autonomy needed.