SPIDER (space inspection device for extravehicular repairs) is the strategic long-term programme in the field of Space Automation and Robotics started by the Italian Space Agency. In the frame of the programme, a free-flying space robot with a high degree of autonomy, designed to perform inspection and repair tasks in the proximity of orbital structures will be developed. In particular, SPIDER has been conceived to be equipped with a bi-arm manipulation system. To support the SPIDER programme, ASI has started specific technology development activities. Among those, a technological programme has been started named "SPIDER manipulation system (SMS)". This programme consists of the development of a bi-arm manipulation system in three phases, with the first phase to develop a single arm and a simplified version of its controller and its operator interface, and then to get the complete bi-arm system at the end of the third phase. This paper describes the phase-1 results which will be referred to as SMS-I.
- JERICO mission
- Redundant robot arm control
- Space station automation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications