Zero gravity simulation RIG
Within the aerospace industry, parts are tested extensively before they are sent into space. An example of this are the solar panels that are attached to satellites. The unfolding of these panels must be tested on Earth. The challenge lies in mimicking the weightlessness that is experienced in space.
The aerospace design engineers of engineering firm Pentacon design test equipment to simulate the unfolding of solar panels on Earth. For this purpose a frictionless rail system had to be made, on which the solar panels are hung and can be opened without loss of friction energy.
The aerospace design engineers of engineering firm Pentacon in Haarlem were responsible for delivering designs for multiple rail constructions. In addition, various mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) components in connection with this test equipment were designed.