2020 Space Robotics

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Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Nakanishi Hiroki 
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Course description and aims

Recently, robot technologies become a important part of the space engineering. The course teaches the fundamentals of space robots. The demand in the space exploration and development, history, and the basic technologies are explained. This familiarizes students with the advanced technologies in space engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
-Understand the background and needs of space robots.
-Understand the missions and overviews of space robots.
-Understand the fundamentals of the kinematics and dynamics of space robots.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The lecturer has a experience of development and orbital experiment of a space robot in JAXA.


Space engineering, Robotics, Satellite engineering.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class contains lecture and 5 minute quiz.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 A history of space robots Understand history of space robotics
Class 2 Space robotics for space explorations Understand space robotics for explorations
Class 3 Space robotics for space development Understand space robotics in space development.
Class 4 Kinematics of space robotics Understand kinematics of space robotics
Class 5 Dynamics and control of space robotics Understand dynamics and control of space robotics
Class 6 Control of space robotics Understand control of space robotics
Class 7 Development of Space Robot Understand development of space robot

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

The course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

The quiz in each class and final report will be assessed.

Related courses

  • MEC.M532 : Space Systems and Missions
  • MEC.M433 : Space Systems Analysis A
  • MEC.M531 : Space Systems Analysis B
  • MEC.M533 : Special Topics of Advanced Space Engineering A
  • MEC.M534 : Special Topics of Advanced Space Engineering B

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