2018 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.


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 on going space missions understand space robotics now
Class 4 space robotics for space debris understand space robotics for space debris
Class 5 Kinematics of space robotics Kinematics of space robotics
Class 6 Dynamics and control of space robotics Dynamics and control of space robotics
Class 7 Control of space robotics Control of space robotics



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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