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Evolution of the IBDM Structural Latch Development into a Generic Simplified DesignThis paper presents the evolution in the development of the structural latch for the International Berthing Docking Mechanism (IBDM, see Figure 1). It reports on the lessons learned since completion of the test program on the engineering development unit of the first generation latching system in 2007. The initial latch design has been through a second generation concept in 2008, and now evolved into a third generation of this mechanism. Functional and structural testing on the latest latch hardware has recently been completed with good results. The IBDM latching system will provide the structural connection between two mated space vehicles after berthing or docking. The mechanism guarantees that the interface seals become compressed to form a leak-tight pressure system that creates a passageway for the astronauts.
Document ID
20100021917
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
DeVriendt, K. (Verhaert Space Kruibeke, Belgium)
Dittmer, H. (Verhaert Space Kruibeke, Belgium)
Vrancken, D. (Verhaert Space Kruibeke, Belgium)
Urmston, P. (European Space Agency. European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands)
Gracia, O. (European Space Agency. European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands)
Date Acquired
August 29, 2013
Publication Date
May 12, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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