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Docking and Berthing Systems

SNC solidified our docking and berthing technology by being a major subcontractor on the Orbital Express program, providing the system that captured and docked two spacecraft together on-orbit to allow for remote servicing such as refueling and replacement of outdated and expended components. We were then able to leverage that mechanical systems experience into becoming the go-to supplier for the industry standard Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM), required for spacecraft such as the Orbital Cygnus Advanced Maneuvering Vehicle and the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to berth with the International Space Station.

  • Spacecraft Docking Systems
  • Passive Common Berthing Mechanisms (PCBMs)