Many microgravity space-science experiments require vibratory acceleration levels unachievable without active isolation. The Boeing Corporation’s Active Rack Isolation System (ARIS) employs a novel combination of magnetic actuation and mechanical linkages, to address these isolation requirements on the International Space Station (ISS). ARIS provides isolation at the rack (International Standard Payload Rack, or ISPR) level.

Effective model-based vibration isolation requires (1) an appropriate isolation device, (2) an adequate dynamic (i.e., mathematical) model of that isolator, and (3) a suitable, corresponding controller. ARIS provides the ISS response to the first requirement. This paper presents one response to the second, in a state-space framework intended to facilitate an optimal-controls approach to the third. The authors use “Kane’s Dynamics” to develop an state-space, analytical (algebraic) set of linearized equations of motion for ARIS.

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