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US20150008290 Docking node transporter tug  
A docking node transporter tug is disclosed. The tug can dock with various spacecraft to allow access by people between the spacecraft. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form...
US20100301169 Space Shuttle With a Device for Docking to a Satellite  
In a space shuttle with a device for docking to a satellite, especially a communication or navigation satellite, at least two spreading elements in the form of lever spreaders (4) are pivotally...
US20140306066 Methods of Delivering Items in Space  
This claim is for methods of delivering items in space which allow for increases in the efficiency of mass based propulsion systems. This claim is based upon existing knowledge that professionals...
US20090101757 Architecture and method of constructing a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit platform using solar electric propulsion  
A space construction method and system transports construction materials, a propellant depot, solar electric propulsion (SEP) vehicles, and robotic equipment from Earth into a lower-Earth orbit....
US20090194639 SPACECRAFT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SPACECRAFT  
The present invention relates to a spacecraft (P) comprising a propulsion system (1) making it possible to exert a force of variable magnitude and orientation on the spacecraft, a control system...
US20090294595 INFLATABLE CAPTURE DEVICE  
A capture device for capturing at least one free-flying body in space, to be installed onboard a space apparatus. The capture device comprises an inflatable primary body, a capture volume, which...
US20080001361 SEAL WITH INTEGRATED SHROUD FOR ANDROGENOUS DOCKING AND BERTHING IN CONTAMINATED ENVIRONMENTS  
The present invention is directed to a specially configured seal system which provides a barrier to gas leakage flow between a pressurized module and its external environment. The seal includes a...
US20150053823 Spacecraft capture tug  
A spacecraft capture tug is disclosed. The tug can capture objects in space, including spacecraft and satellites, using an engagement system and provide propulsion for the object to a point of...
US20090001221 SPACECRAFT GRAPPLE ASSEMBLY AND DOCKING SYSTEM EMPLOYING THE SAME  
A spacecraft docking system configured to permit the docking of a spacecraft to a target object is provided. The docking system includes a grapple and docking interface, which is mounted on the...
US20150151856 SPACE OBJECT CAPTURE  
There is provided an apparatus for capturing a space object, the apparatus comprising a harpoon element for penetrating the object, the harpoon element being configured to form part of a harpoon...
US20120228435 METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A GRAPPLING DEVICE  
A device for grappling orbital debris includes a chain of interconnected links, each having a corresponding contact sensor (for sensing contact with the orbital debris), and each connected to a...
US20050263649 AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DOCKING SYSTEM  
An autonomous vehicle docking system restrains six degrees of freedom through the use of a plurality of latches having differing bearing surface geometry which each constrain a generally spherical...
US20090173832 DOCKING SYSTEM  
A convex forward surface of a forward-biased probe head of a first portion of a docking system engages a central concave conical surface of a second portion of the docking system. A first linear...
US20120091281 CRYOGENIC PROPELLANT DEPOT AND DEPLOYABLE SUNSHIELD  
A cryogenic propellant depot and sunshield are provided for operation in earth orbit to fuel or refuel other space vehicles. The sunshield is deployed to effectively mitigate solar radiation...
US20100006704 Method for Lightening the Weight of Fuel Stowed Onboard During an Interplanetary Mission  
The method for lightening the weight of fuel stowed onboard during an interplanetary mission is characterized in that it consists: in launching (10a) a first orbiter spacecraft (1) from the Earth...
US20060145023 Geometrically encoded magnetic latch intercontact face  
A system is provided for docking two vehicles. In one exemplary embodiment, the system includes a first and a second vehicle. The first vehicle has a port thereon. The port has a first magnetic...
US20070210212 DOCKING SYSTEM  
In accordance with one aspect, an automatically aligned docking system, comprises a multi-point kinematic rigidization system that provides precise, repeatable rotational alignment at the...
US20090173833 DOCKING SYSTEM  
First and second releasably connectable portions of a docking system are moved together. A relatively central concave element of the second portion of the docking system contacts a corresponding...
US20130140403 Direct to facility capture and release  
A method for delivering a payload to a space facility is provided. The method includes detecting the relative position and velocity of a launch vehicle stage, the launch vehicle stage including...
US20120138749 Mobile solar power station and coupled solar power stations for space based power generation and transmission  
A solar sail spacecraft is designed to steer and move in space by using solar radiation pressure as a driving force, therefore allowing fuelless propulsion, station keeping and attitude control. A...
US20080237400 Satellite refuelling system and method  
The present invention provides a method, system and apparatus for robotic refueling of satellites. The system may include a dedicated refueling satellite launched directly from either earth, or...
US20130126678 SPACE VEHICLE RENDEZVOUS  
A method and apparatus provide for a basket of passively-safe thruster-burn positions within a context of rendezvous between a space-vehicle and a resident-space-object while in orbit around the...
US20160332308 SPACECRAFT CAPTURE MECHANISM  
The present invention provides a capture mechanism for capturing and locking onto the Marman flange located on the exterior surfaces of spacecraft/satellites. The capture mechanism achieves its...
US20160264267 CONFORMAL AIRLOCK ASSEMBLY WITH SUPPORT RIBS AND METHOD  
A conformal airlock assembly for ingress and egress through a door from a high pressure environment to a low pressure environment. The airlock assembly includes a flexible, gas impermeable...
US20160130020 DEVICE FOR SENSING A SPACE OBJECT, INCLUDING A PRESSURE ELEMENT AND AT LEAST TWO RESEALABLE ELEMENTS ON THE SPACE OBJECT  
A device for capturing a space object, the device comprising a pressure element configured to come into direct mechanical contact with the space object to be captured. The device comprises at...
US20150314893 SPACECRAFT CAPTURE MECHANISM  
The present invention provides a capture mechanism for capturing and locking onto the Marman flange located on the exterior surfaces of spacecraft/satellites. The capture mechanism achieves its...
US20150266595 Spacecraft Docking System  
A method and apparatus for docking a spacecraft. The apparatus comprises elongate members, movement systems, and force management systems. The elongate members are associated with a docking...
US20140107865 SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR ACTIVE DEBRIS REMOVAL  
Systems, apparatuses, and methods for removal of orbital debris are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a spacecraft control unit configured to guide and navigate the apparatus to a...
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