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Initial experiments on the end-point control of a 2-DOF long-reach elastic manipulator
Author(s): Eric Schmitz; Madison Ramey
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Paper Abstract

To support the study of dynamics and control for long-reach, space-based manipulators, an experimental planar manipulator has been developed. The arm has a 15 ft reach with flexible links at the shoulder and elbow joints. The arm's equations of motion are derived with the aid of TREETOPS, a multibody dynamics analysis program. The resulting model is validated against experimental data. To serve as a base line for future work, two classically designed controllers have been implemented. One relies on sensors collocated with the joint actuators, while the other uses an end-point sensor measuring Cartesian displacements. Comparison of the controllers' experimental closed-loop responses demonstrate the performance improvements achievable using end-point position feedback; most notable is the more than two fold increase in control bandwidth. Experimental and simulation results also demonstrate the end-point controller's improved `Cartesian impedance.'

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1612, Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space II, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.56762
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Eric Schmitz, Martin Marietta Space Systems Co. (United States)
Madison Ramey, Martin Marietta Space Systems Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1612:
Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space II
William E. Stoney, Editor(s)

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