An Introduction to Space Robotics

Alex Ellery

An Introduction to Space Robotics The advent of the International Space Station has created a demand for robotic systems in Earth orbit for in-orbit servicing as part of a more general space robotic infrastructure. The renewed interest in the exploration of Mars exemplified by the Mars Pathfinder mission has placed emphasis on the delivery of robotic rovers to planetary surfaces to enable detailed in-situ study of the planets of our solar system and, in particular, the search for life. These are just two examples of the important part that robotics has to play in the space programme.

This book has been written to meet the demand for an integrated text for graduate students and professionals in space robotics and related fields. It provides an overview of robotics technology as applied to the space environment and space technologies relevant to robotic spacecraft design, to support the central role that space robotics will play in present and future space exploration and commercialisation.

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Extent: 672 pages
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: August 2000
ISBN: 978-1-85233-164-1

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