The department’s field of work is focused on the simulation, verification and control of space systems and specific sub-systems such as „on-orbit-servicing“ and “planetary exploration“.
To this aim specific hybrid or hardware-in-the loop simulation methods for capturing and docking of satellites are developed which includes adapted contact dynamics models.
Specific contact modeling techniques e.g. to cover the soil-wheel interaction are also required to study the locomotion and the mobility of planetary rovers and asteroid landers.
In addition the computer-based methodology developed for the multidisciplinary optimization of system dynamics and control of planetary rovers, satellites and robotic motion simulators are transferred into terristical applications such as electro-mobility (ROboMObil) and industrial robotics.
According to the above described key aspects the department is organized as follows: