Parameter Identification of Space Manipulator's Flexible Joint


Keywords: orbital robotics, mathematical modelling, parameter identification, flexible-joint space manipulator, planar air-bearing microgravity simulator


It is considered to use a manipulator mounted on a satellite in order to perform active debris removal missions. Space manipulator control system needs to take the dynamic model of the satellite-manipulator system into account because of the influence of the manipulator motion on the position and attitude of the satellite. Therefore, precise modelling of the space manipulator dynamics as well as parameter identification are needed in order to improve the credibility of the simulation tools. In this paper we presented the identification of the flexible-joint space manipulator model based on dynamic equations of motion. Experiments were performed in emulated microgravity environment using planar air bearings. The arbitrarily selected joint-space trajectory was performed by the manipulator’s control system. The experiments were repeated multiple times in order to analyze the identification method sensitivity. The identification is based on Simulink SimMechanics model. Thus, the procedure can be used for any space manipulator without the need of obtaining analytical relations for dynamic equations each time. Including joint flexibility and spring viscous damping in the dynamic model allowed to reflect the experimental measurements better than the reference model could. Identified parameters of the flexible joint have values of the same magnitude as corresponding real system parameters.



How to Cite

Wojtunik, M., Basmadji, F. L., Granosik, G., & Seweryn, K. (2024). Parameter Identification of Space Manipulator’s Flexible Joint. Journal of Automation, Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems, 17(3), 78-87.