JRM Vol.18 No.3 pp. 356-364
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2006.p0356


Reconfigurable Cellular Satellites Maintained by Space Robots

Hideyuki Tanaka, Noritaka Yamamoto, Takehisa Yairi,
and Kazuo Machida

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8904, Japan

September 22, 2005
April 10, 2006
June 20, 2006
space robot, reconfigurable space system, cellular satellite, precision assembly

We propose new orbital reconfiguration and recycling that is robot-friendly for easy maintenance and reconfiguration. We designed and fabricated a prototype of the Cellular Satellite (CellSat) and demonstrated CellSat feasibility in assembly experiment.

Cite this article as:
Hideyuki Tanaka, Noritaka Yamamoto, Takehisa Yairi, and
and Kazuo Machida, “Reconfigurable Cellular Satellites Maintained by Space Robots,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.18, No.3, pp. 356-364, 2006.
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