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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
***Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free-Flyer
Received:February 25, 2000Accepted:April 1, 2000Published:August 20, 2000
Keywords:Space robot, Multisensory hand, Telerobotics, Sensor-fusion
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:K. Machida, H. Nishida, and K. Akita, “Development and Space Operation of Advanced Robotic Hand System,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.12 No.4, pp. 364-370, 2000.Data files:
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