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Summary of NASDA\'s ETS-VII robot satellite mission

Mitsushige Oda

National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan

Received: February 7, 2000

Accepted: April 11, 2000

Keywords: Space robot, Teleoperation, Rendezvous docking, Dynamics and control, ETS-VII

Journal ref: Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.12, No.4 pp. 417-424, 2000


The National Space Development Agency of Japan launched ETS-VII (Engineering Test Satellite No.7) on November 28, 1997, to conduct rendezvous docking and space robot technology experiments. ETS-VII is the world's first satellite that used a robot arm on a satellite. The robot arm was 2m long and was teleoperated from a ground control station. Mission of ETS-VII lasted for two years and yielded much experience and many results. This paper summarizes experiences and results of the ETS-VII robot satellite.
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