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Biagiotti L , Melchiorri C., Vassura G.
"Position/Force Control of a Arm/Gripper System for Space Manipulation"
Type Conference
Author(s) Biagiotti L , Melchiorri C., Vassura G.
Title Position/Force Control of a Arm/Gripper System for Space Manipulation
Editor IEEE/ASME Int. Conf. on Advances in Mechatronics, AIM'01
Keywords Space Robotics, Robotic Gripper, Proximity Sensors, Force sensors, Vision.
In advanced robotics applications, as those foreseen in space, some degree of dexterity and autonomy is necessary in order to safely and successfully execute tasks in unstructured environments. For this purpose, besides the kinematic configuration of the device other basic issues are the sensorial equipment and proper control strategies. This paper presents an experimental activity for the validation of a robotic gripper for space applications. In particular the project foresees the compatibility of the gripper with the EUROPA arm, developed by ASI and Tecnospazio. Main key points of the gripper are the wide working space compared with its physical dimensions and the capability to deal with free-flying objects in no-gravity conditions. This capability is achieved by using proximity and force/torque sensor and by properly controlling and coordinating the gripper and the carrying arm. After a brief illustration on the main features of the gripper, the experimental activity is presented and the results achieved so far are discussed.
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Year 2001

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