In-Orbit Experiment of Space Robot Technologies on ETS-7
Office of Satellite Systems, National Space Development Agency of Japan, Hamamatsu-cho 2-4-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105 Japan
NASDA is now developing Engineering Test Satellite #7 (ETS-7) to perform Rendezvous Docking and Space robot technology experiments in the actual space environment. ETS-7’s space robot experiments include 1) performance evaluation of a robot arm and related equipment in the actual space environment, 2) cooperative control experiment between the satellite attitude and the robot arm, 3) teleoperation experiment of the satellite mounted robot system from a ground control station, and 4) demonstration of in-orbit satellite servicing using a robot arm. The satellite will be launched in 1997 by NASDA’s H-11 rocket into a low earth orbit.