Universal Berthing Mechanism Standard

This project is a part of Orbital Can System family

With the growing demand for orbital stations on the horizon, standardization of common elements will assist in lowering cost and increasing access to more industries. Few components require standardization more than the berthing port. Many of current berthing port designs are hidden behind proprietary designs and information, limiting access to valuable information to allow for compatibility across various systems.

The ultimate goal of the project is to define the Universal Berthing Mechanism (UBM) standard, that could be used by any player in this arena.

The UBM standard will allow commonality between any orbital infrastructure with this standard while lowering cost with an open source design and guidelines.

The project aims to outline guidelines to manufacturing process ideas and limitations of use, describe typology architecture for flexible combinations of different elements: multifunctional pressurized volumes for people, docking systems, solar panels, radiation panels, ECLSS, storage and manufacture add-ons.

IAC2021 Paper

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Koen Kegel
Koen Kegel
Syzmek Matkowski
Syzmek Matkowski
Sam Ross
Sam Ross
M. Lamontagne
E. Trolese
S. Wessels
H. Tariq