Mechanical, thermal, data and power transfer types for robotic space interfaces for orbital and planetary missions - a technical review

Wiebke Wenzel, Roberto Palazzetti, Xiu T. Yan, Sebastian Bartsch

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Abstract

A wide variety of scientific aims have been formulated for future explorations of space and planets. In order to achieve these aims, a need for robotic systems and mission set-ups with increasing complexity arises. The H2020 EU-funded project SIROM (Standard Interface for Robotic Manipulation of Payloads in Future Space Missions), aims to realize an integrated interface for mechanical, data, electrical and thermal connectivity that allows a reliable, robust and multi-functional coupling. The present paper reports an overview of classifications of power, data and mechanical interfaces and thermal transfer methods in current robotic and space applications. Eventually, the paper presents ideas for innovation and development of standard multi-functional interface with the most promising developments expected in the next few years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASTRA 2017
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2017
Event14'th ESA Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation - Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 14

Conference

Conference14'th ESA Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation
Abbreviated titleESA ASTRA 2017
CountryNetherlands
CityLeiden
Period20/06/1722/06/17

Keywords

  • multifunctional interface
  • robotic space interface
  • transfer classifications in space
  • modularity
  • robotic systems
  • SIROM

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