NPS Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory Research Facilities


The POSEIDYN (Proximity Operation of Spacecraft: Experimental hardware-In-the-loop Dynamic Simulator) test-bed (a.k.a. Floating Spacecraft Simulator Testbed) at the NPS Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory.

It is a state-of-the-art test bed used for Dynamic Experimental Testing of Dynamic Models, Spacecraft-Hardware Prototype and Real-time GN&C Algorithms for Spacecraft Proximity Maneuvering.

[ref: Wilde M., Ciarcia’ M., Grompone, A., Romano M., Experimental Characterization of Inverse Dynamics Guidance and Control in Docking with a Rotating Target, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 1173-1187, 2016.]


The CubeSat Three Axis Simulator Test-bed or CubeTAS at the NPS Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory: a Dynamic Simulator for the Experimental Testing of Dynamic Models, Spacecraft-Hardware Prototype and Real-time GN&C Algorithms for Spacecraft Attitude Maneuvering.

[ref: 1) Chesi S., Perez O., Romano M., A Dynamic Hardware-in-the-loop Three-Axis Simulator of Nanosatellite Dimensions. JoSS: Journal of Small Spacecraft, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 315–328. 2015.

2) Chesi S., Gong Q., Pellegrini V., Cristi  R., Romano M., Automatic Mass Balancing of a Spacecraft Three-Axis Simulator: Analysis and Experimentation, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 197-206, January 2014]



The Manicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a research multicopter equipped with an on-board robotic manipulator for experimental testing of Dynamic Models, UxV Hardware Prototype? and GN&C algorithms for indoor flight, aerial manipulation and vehicle-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-enviroment interactions.

[ref: E. Capello, H. Park, B. Tavora, G. Gugleri, and M. Romano, Modeling and Experimental Parameter Identification of a Multicopter via a Compound Pendulum Test Rig, 2015 International Workshop on Research, Education, and Development on Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS 2015)]