Sobriety Will Present its Zero-G Landing Test Facility
Current testing capacities of landing systems, under gravitational conditions different from standard Earth gravity, are associated with substantial challenges. Moreover, a reliable landing system is a crucial component, as was exemplified by the case of the Philae lander. A functional test bench for landers of various sizes, weights and different landing speeds would provide valuable data for future missions.
The Sobriety s.r.o. technology company has taken up the demanding task of providing an experimental platform for testing and troubleshooting of landers and landing components in the state of micro/low gravity. As a proof of concept, a test bench is currently being developed and will be presented at the upcoming Space Tech Expo Europe.
At a full-scale testing facility the efficiency of landing systems, designed for micro/low gravity, such as Philae’s landing harpoons, could be verified.
Presently, the application scopes of the planned test facility are the following:
- Landing scenarios: impacts, drop tests, landing systems testing and verification
- Satellite/spacecraft servicing scenarios
- Docking, berthing activity simulations
- On-orbit assembly
- Asteroid mining simulations
- Dynamic testing of suspension systems (aerospace)
Sobriety s.r.o will be exhiting at Space Tech Expo Europe 2019 at stand C93.
Image credit: Descent of Philae lander on comet 67P as the lander approached, landed at the comet's surface and rebounded off. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA