A Free-Climbing Robot for Steep Crater Terrain

Dirk Spenneberg, Frank Kirchner

In: Robotics and Automation in Space. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (iSAIRAS) 9th February 25-29 Los Angeles CA United States ESA 2008.


The goal of the "SpaceClimber" project is the development of a biologically inspired, energy-efficient and adaptively free-climbing robot for steep slopes. This project builds on the experience of the ARAMIES project and the SCORPION project. SpaceClimber should prove that walking robotic systems present a solution for future missions on difficult terrain, in particular missions in craters or rock fissures. The robotic system that we intend to develop should be able to conquer irregular slopes of up to 80% and should be in a position to navigate with local autonomy using built-in sensors.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence