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Title: The Formation Control Testbed
Authors: Regehr, Martin W.
Bailey, Richard
Acikmese, Ahmet B.
Ahmed, Asif
Bushnell, Clayton
Clark, Kenneth C.
Hicke, Anthony
Lytle, Brent
MacNeal, Paul
Shields, Joel
Rasmussen, Richard E.
Singh, Gurkirpal
Keywords: Formation Algorithms Simulation Testbed (FAST)
Formation Control Testbed (FCT)
Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF)
Issue Date: 6-Mar-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004
Citation: IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 06, 2004
Abstract: This paper describes the design and construction of the Formation Control Testbed. The FCT consists of three robots navigating on an air bearing floor, propelled by cold gas thrusters. Each robot contains an attitude platform supported on a spherical air bearing which provides three rotational degrees of freedom. The sixth degree of freedom, vertical translation, will be provided by a powered vertical stage, actively controlled to provide a simulated zero-g environment for the attitude platform.
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