Space Robot Control for On-Orbit Servicing​

Diagram depicting operational concept

Figure 1: Operational Concept


  • Not designed for robotic grasping​
  • Physical properties unknown​
  • Fast spinning or tumbling​
  • High risk with proximity and contact operation​
  • Vision alone is insufficient for full estimation​


  • Space situation awareness​
  • Satellite on-orbit services such as refuel, rescue, repair, debris cleanup, etc.
Diagram of an air bearing test bed

Figure 2: Air-bearing test bed