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A380 Docking System Mechanical Support & Control Design

Singapore Airlines

pitt&sherry designed the mechanical and electrical elements of a docking system for the new A380 Airbus for Singapore Airlines.

The primary contractor was experienced in providing roof-mounted docking stations but needed expert assistance in providing a floor-mounted elevation and travelling system that could lift the 50 m long, three-level structure up over the wing, and position it within 50 mm of the plane skin.

The system had dual requirements in that it had to be safe, as well as have a high reliability level due to the cost penalties of having a plane trapped in by the dock if a failure occurred. Therefore many levels of redundancy were incorporated into the system.

Full absolute position control of all movements are incorporated into the system to allow steering and precise articulation of the platforms

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