This presentation describes the application of robotic and computer vision systems to validate docking and capture operations for space cargo wansfer vehicles. Three applications are discussed: 1) Air bearing systems in two dimensions that yield high quality free-flying, flexible, and contact dynamics; 2) Validation of docking mechanisms with misalignment and target dynamics; and 3) Computer vision technology for target location and real-time tracking. All the testheds are supported by a network of engineering workstations for dynamic and controls analyses. Dynamic simulation of mulribody rigid and elastic systems are performed with the TREETOPS code. MATRIXx/System-Build and PRO-MATLAB/Simulab are the tools for control design and analysis using classical and modem techniques such as H-infinity and LQG/LTR. SANDY is a general design tool to optimize numerically a multivariablc robust compensator with a user-defined structure. Mathematica and Macsyma are used to derive symbolically dynamic and kinematic equations.