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H.2.2 Air cushion vehicle

(2-D satellite motion, air-jet-propelled, 1982 – 1987)

A.2 Satellite model plant

  • Vehicle with mass of about 7 kg, floating on an air cushion, propelled by reaction jets.
  • Three degrees of freedom (two translations and one rotation),
  • controlled by opening and closing valves of a high-pressure air system.
  • The vehicle base is capable of carrying and moving up to 70 kg almost frictionless on a rigid table of size ~ 2 by 2 m;
  • very small accelerations only; this device was used as a laboratory experiment in control engineering for graduate students.

Video – SatelliteModelPlant VisualDocking 1987


Dickmanns ED, Wuensche HJ (1985). Drehlage-Regelung eines Satelliten durch Echtzeit-Bildfolgenverarbeitung. In: Niemann H (ed): Mustererkennung 1985, Informatik Fachberichte 107, Springer-Verlag, pp 239-243

Dickmanns ED, Wuensche HJ (1986). Satellite Rendezvous Maneuvers by Means of Computer Vision. Jahrestagung der DGLR, München, Okt. 1986. In: Jahrbuch 1986 Bd. 1 der DGLR, Bonn, pp 251-259. pdf

Dickmanns ED, Wuensche HJ (1986). Regelung mittels Rechnersehen. Automatisierungstechnik (at), 34 1/1986 pp. 16-22

Wuensche HJ (1986). Detection and Control of Mobile Robot Motion by Real-Time Computer Vision. In N. Marquino (ed): Advances in Intelligent Robotics Systems. Proc. of the SPIE, Vol. 727, pp 100-109

Wuensche HJ (1987). Bewegungssteuerung durch Rechnersehen. Dissertation. LRT, UniBwM. Kurzfassung