Space Robotics

  • Kazuya YoshidaEmail author
  • Brian Wilcox
  • Gerd Hirzinger
  • Roberto Lampariello
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


In the space community, any unmanned spacecraft can be called a robotic spacecraft. However, Space Robots are considered to be more capable devices that can facilitate manipulation, assembling, or servicing functions in orbit as assistants to astronauts, or to extend the areas and abilities of exploration on remote planets as surrogates for human explorers.

In this chapter, a concise digest of the historical overview and technical advances of two distinct types of space robotic systems, orbital robots and surface robots, is provided. In particular, Sect. 55.1 describes orbital robots, and Sect. 55.2 describes surface robots. In Sect. 55.3, the mathematical modeling of the dynamics and control using reference equations are discussed. Finally, advanced topics for future space exploration missions are addressed in Sect. 55.4.


International Space Station Slip Ratio Space Robot Geostationary Earth Orbit Mars Exploration Rover 
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autonomous space transport robotic operations


computer-aided remote driving


German Aerospace Center


degree of freedom


electronics controller unit


European robotic arm


European Space Agency


Engineering Test Satellite VII


extravehicular activity


field-programmable gate array


geostationary Earth orbit


grapple fixture


generalized Jacobian matrix


Hubble space telescope


international space station


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


Japan Experiment Module


Japanese experiment module remote manipulator system


Jet Propulsion Laboratory


low Earth orbit


mobile base system


Mars environmental survey


Mars rover sample return


National Space Development Agency of Japan


nonlinear programming problem


orbital replacement unit


power data grapple fixture


robot experiment


reaction null-space


robotics components verification on the ISS




robotic workstation


semiautonomous navigation


standard end effector


semiglobal matching


surveyor lunar rover vehicle


special purpose dexterous manipulator


sequential quadratic programming


shuttle remote manipulator system


space station remote manipulator system


singular value decomposition


virtual manipulator


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuya Yoshida
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brian Wilcox
    • 2
  • Gerd Hirzinger
    • 3
  • Roberto Lampariello
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Robotics and MechatronicsGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)WesslingGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Robotics and MechatronicsGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)WesslingGermany

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