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Manuscript Submission Deadline 03 September 2022
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Malfunctioning satellite maintenance and space debris removal are critical for prolonging on-orbit servicing (OOS) time of spacecraft and ensuring their safety. However, it is very challenging to achieve on-orbit capturing and maintenance of these non-cooperative tumbling targets due to the uncertainties of their mass/inertia and tumbling motion. Additionally, traditional space robots consist of rigid joints and grippers, and the motion mismatch between the space robots and the tumbling targets will cause substantially undesired impacts, which makes the capturing tasks much more challenging. Recently, enormous progress has been made in the field of soft robotics. Due to intrinsic compliance of soft bodies and soft actuators, soft robots can alleviate impact when making contact in manipulation tasks. Yet, the application of soft robots in space is not well explored, many questions still need to be further investigated.

The aim of this Research Topic encourages researchers across a variety of disciplines in the fields of soft robots and space robots to merge the novel soft robotic techniques with the planning and control algorithms of space robots for dexterous manipulation in space, such as space assembly and manufacturing, on-orbit capturing and maintenance. In order to improve the agility of the robotic capturing motion and the safety of OOS tasks, novel robotic grippers and space manipulators with intrinsic compliance need to be designed. Furthermore, variable stiffness and compliance controllers need to be explored when the space robots make contact with and manipulate the tumbling target. With these diverse compliance capabilities (e.g., soft grippers, cable-driven manipulators, variable stiffness actuators and compliance controllers), the space robots are expected to be more capable of on-orbit servicing tasks and speeding up space exploration.

The scope of this Research Topic includes, but is not limited to:
• Novel design of soft robots for dexterous manipulation
• Kinematics and dynamics of cable-driven space manipulators
• Configuration optimization and force estimation for soft robots
• Robotic planning and control algorithms for capturing non-cooperative targets
• Teleoperation with force feedback for space assembly and manufacturing
• Variable stiffness and compliance control for dynamic object manipulation

Keywords: Soft Robots, Cable-Driven Robots, Space Robots, Variable Stiffness, Compliance Control, On-Orbit Servicing, Tumbling Target Capture


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Malfunctioning satellite maintenance and space debris removal are critical for prolonging on-orbit servicing (OOS) time of spacecraft and ensuring their safety. However, it is very challenging to achieve on-orbit capturing and maintenance of these non-cooperative tumbling targets due to the uncertainties of their mass/inertia and tumbling motion. Additionally, traditional space robots consist of rigid joints and grippers, and the motion mismatch between the space robots and the tumbling targets will cause substantially undesired impacts, which makes the capturing tasks much more challenging. Recently, enormous progress has been made in the field of soft robotics. Due to intrinsic compliance of soft bodies and soft actuators, soft robots can alleviate impact when making contact in manipulation tasks. Yet, the application of soft robots in space is not well explored, many questions still need to be further investigated.

The aim of this Research Topic encourages researchers across a variety of disciplines in the fields of soft robots and space robots to merge the novel soft robotic techniques with the planning and control algorithms of space robots for dexterous manipulation in space, such as space assembly and manufacturing, on-orbit capturing and maintenance. In order to improve the agility of the robotic capturing motion and the safety of OOS tasks, novel robotic grippers and space manipulators with intrinsic compliance need to be designed. Furthermore, variable stiffness and compliance controllers need to be explored when the space robots make contact with and manipulate the tumbling target. With these diverse compliance capabilities (e.g., soft grippers, cable-driven manipulators, variable stiffness actuators and compliance controllers), the space robots are expected to be more capable of on-orbit servicing tasks and speeding up space exploration.

The scope of this Research Topic includes, but is not limited to:
• Novel design of soft robots for dexterous manipulation
• Kinematics and dynamics of cable-driven space manipulators
• Configuration optimization and force estimation for soft robots
• Robotic planning and control algorithms for capturing non-cooperative targets
• Teleoperation with force feedback for space assembly and manufacturing
• Variable stiffness and compliance control for dynamic object manipulation

Keywords: Soft Robots, Cable-Driven Robots, Space Robots, Variable Stiffness, Compliance Control, On-Orbit Servicing, Tumbling Target Capture


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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