A Space Tendon-Driven Continuum Robot

  • Shineng Geng
  • Youyu Wang
  • Cong Wang
  • Rongjie KangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10942)


In order to avoid the collision of space manipulation, a space continuum robot with passive structural flexibility is proposed. This robot is composed of two continuum joints with elastic backbone and driving tendons made of NiTi alloy. The kinematic mapping and the Jacobian matrix are obtained through the kinematic analysis. Moreover, an inverse kinematics based closed-loop controller is designed to achieve position tracking. Finally, a simulation and an experiment is carried out to validate the workspace and control algorithm respectively. The results show that this robot can follow a given trajectory with satisfactory accuracy.


Space manipulation Continuum robot Kinematics 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51721003 and 51535008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shineng Geng
    • 1
  • Youyu Wang
    • 2
  • Cong Wang
    • 1
  • Rongjie Kang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Mechanism Theory and Equipment Design, Ministry of Education, School of Mechanical EngineeringTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering CASTBeijingChina

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