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Design and Environmental Testing of the DFKI-X Robotics Joint for Space Applications

Niklas A. Mulsow; Roland Sonsalla; Patrick Schöberl; Tobias Stark; Frank Kirchner
In: Proceedings of the 19th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS). European Space Mechanisms and Tibology Symposium (ESMATS), September 20-24, online, n.n. 9/2021.


Within this paper we present the electro-mechanical development and testing of a highly integrated robotic joint. We are giving insight in the design of mechanical and electrical components and their evaluation with respect to a LEO mission. Furthermore, the model philosophy is described to adapt a joint, originally developed for terrestrial robots, to space qualification. The result is a novel and compact motor unit with integrated control electronics for space applications.

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