Gripper Developed in ROAM Lab Tested on NASA Astrobee Robot
The ROAM Lab, with Edwin Wong and Pedro Piacenza leading the way, has developed a prototype perching gripper for the Astrobee robot, currently being built by the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group. The Astrobee robot is an Assistive Free Flyer, being developed to support the human crew on board the International Space Station. The Astrobee will use the perching gripper to attach itself to handrails inside the station. The image shows an Astrobee prototype being tested at Ames on a granite surface simulating a 2D microgravity environment; the robot is grasping the handrail (top right) using our gripper. A late-breaking abstract presented at ICRA 2015 has more details.
Many thanks to In Won Park and the NASA Ames IRG for a great collaboration on this topic!