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Machines 2018, 6(4), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines6040061

Tether Space Mobility Device Attitude Control during Tether Extension and Winding

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Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Sophia University, 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
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Department of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Sophia University, 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
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Received: 30 September 2018 / Revised: 17 November 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multi-Body System Dynamics: Monitoring, Simulation and Control)
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Abstract

Recently, advancements in space technology have opened up more opportunities for human beings to work in outer space. It is expected that upsizing of manned space facilities, such as the International Space Station, will further this trend. Therefore, a unique means of transportation is necessary to ensure that human beings can move about effectively in microgravity environments. In the present study, we propose a tether-based mobility system, which moves the user by winding a tether attached to a structure at the destination. However, there is a problem in that the attitude of the user becomes unstable during winding of the tether. Therefore, a Tether Space Mobility Device (TSMD) attitude control method for winding a tether is examined through numerical analysis. The proposed analytical model consists of one flexible body and three rigid bodies. The contact force between the tether and the inlet is considered. We verified the validity of the proposed model through experiments. Furthermore, we proposed a TSMD attitude control method during tether winding while focusing on changes in the system’s rotational kinetic energy. Using the proposed analytical model, the angular velocity of a rigid body system is confirmed to converge to 0 deg/s when control is applied. View Full-Text
Keywords: space robot; motion control; tether; human robot interaction; ANCF space robot; motion control; tether; human robot interaction; ANCF
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Takehara, S.; Uematsu, Y.; Miyaji, W. Tether Space Mobility Device Attitude Control during Tether Extension and Winding. Machines 2018, 6, 61.

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