Low Impact Docking System

Low Impact Docking System

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Low Impact Docking System is the space vehicle mating system designed by NASA for the next generation of space exploration vehicles included in Project Constellation. The mechanism is covered by US patent 6354540, titled "Androgynous, Reconfigurable Closed Loop Feedback Controlled Low Impact Docking System With Load Sensing Electromagnetic Capture Ring." It was built on eight years of work on the design of a mating device for the now-canceled X-38 Crew Return Vehicle project. In form and function the LIDS bears some resemblance to the Androgynous Peripheral Attach System mechanism already in use on the International Space Station, but is not compatible with it. LIDS is smaller, lighter and requires less contact force to engage its docking mechanisms than the APAS-89. Given the incompatibility, some or all of the current attach systems in the ISS would have to be changed for planned docking between the Orion and the ISS to occur
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 336g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134948640
  • 9786134948647