A space company wants to test their spacecraft docking simulator. They wish to test the forces of the actuators used during the “lunge”, when the soft capture ring is lunged forward to latch onto a space vehicle that has been mounted. They want to ensure they are working properly when engaged, and that it does not go past its overload force limit.
Interface suggests using multiple WTS 1200 Standard Precision LowProfile™ Wireless Load Cells to be installed to the actuators of the capture ring. Both as wireless solutions, measurements can be recorded through the WTS-AM-1E Wireless Strain Bridge Transmitter Module, which then can transmit to the WTS-BS-1 Handheld Display or the WTS-BS-6 Wireless Telemetry Dongle Base Station for the customer to record, log, and graph on their computer.
Interface’s Wireless telemetry system successfully measured the forces of the soft capture ring of the space docking port with overload protection.