Development of a Virtual Testing Platform Within an Instructor Operation Station

  • A. Pisla
  • D. Cocorean
  • C. Vaida
  • D. Pisla
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 38)


Instructor Operation Station (IOS) is a term usually used in the flight simulators consist in a computer based structure that enables the manual or automatic scenarios generation. The mechatronic system control, the instructor supervision and intervention, together with the instructor assistant in operating, monitoring and evaluation Pîslă et al. (Proceedings in manufacturing systems, (2010) [12]) are the main structural modules. In the initial elaboration stage was starting from the large structure of the International Space Station (ISS) and the docking process of the Dragon fright transporter. The aim of the paper is to present the development of a virtual testing platform (VTP), using a parallel kinematic structure for the propulsion simulation, considering the multibody dynamic (MBD) elements in the detecting the errors and the faults docking maneuver.


Instructor operation station Virtual testing platform Docking maneuver 



This work was supported by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research grant, Program for research-Space Technology and Advanced Research—STAR, project number 95, the Scopes International Grant IZ74Z0-137361/1, Creative Alliance in Research and Education focused on Medical and Service Robotics-CARE-Robotics and the project “Inter-University Partnership for Excellence in Engineering-PARTING-project coordinated by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca” contract no. POSDRU/159/1.5/S/137516, project cofounded by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources 2007–2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Design and Robotics DepartmentTechnical University of Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Research Center for Industrial Robots Simulation and Testing-CESTERTechnical University of Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania

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