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JRM Vol.12 No.4 pp. 364-370
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2000.p0364
(2000)

Paper:

Development and Space Operation of Advanced Robotic Hand System

Kazuo Machida*, Hirotaka Nishida** and Kenzo Akita***

*Electrotechnical Laboratory, MITI, 1-1-4 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan

**Fujitsu Ltd.

***Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free-Flyer

Received:
February 25, 2000
Accepted:
April 1, 2000
Published:
August 20, 2000
Keywords:
Space robot, Multisensory hand, Telerobotics, Sensor-fusion
Abstract

In this paper, we present the development and space test of the world’s first precise telerobotic system boarded on an unattended space vehicle, ETS-VII (Engineering Test Satellite VII). The robotic system has features of skill and autonomy using a three-finger multisensory hand at a work site in space and a computer graphics-based desktop telerobotic system at a control site on the ground. We developed a compact robotic system with space environment adaptability and satellite system compatibility as well as dexterity and flexible operability. The robotic system was launched in November 1997. The space test reveals that the system works well in orbit.

Cite this article as:
Kazuo Machida, Hirotaka Nishida, and Kenzo Akita, “Development and Space Operation of Advanced Robotic Hand System,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.12, No.4, pp. 364-370, 2000.
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