Hovercraft satellite simulation TEST-BED

Ben Essenburg, Joseph Sarokhan, N. Jeremy Kasdin

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This is a description of the continued development of the prototype for a multiple hovercraft satellite simulation test-bed in conjunction with Princeton University's Terrestrial Planet Finder Lab. The prototype is a fully actuated 802.11b wirelessly controlled hovercraft designed to function on tabletop or better surfaces. Initial autonomous control systems were also developed using an overhead visual positioning system and proportional-derivative algorithms. The controls systems were written in Labview operating on a Windows XP platform. A majority of the parts used were off the shelf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberAAS 04-300
Pages (from-to)3159-3169
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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