Saturday, August 24, 2013

Dextre Robot as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator [SPDM] from NASA

Robometricschool. - One of the special purpose robot that developed by NASA is Dextre robot. Dextre robot that also called as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator [SPDM]. This is NASA robot was basically designed as a two-armed robot and assigned as a telemanipulator in the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station [ISS].

Dextre robot was first launched on March 11, 2008 on mission STS-123 that worked for other space oriented jobs. Dextre was developed and designed by the MDA Space Missions with a joint contract from the Canadian Space Agency. This robot is considered to be a contribution to ISS. The Canadian Space Agency will be responsible for all the future operations that are to be performed by Dextre. 

Figure 1. Dextre Robot from NASA (Image:circuitstoday)

Even the training f the station crews will be given by them. The name Dextre was given mainly due to its dextrous nature. The main person behind the design and manufacture of Dextre is MacDonald Dettwiler.

Dextre robot has several structures as reported by circuitstoday blog as follow:

  1. Dextre looks like a headless torso with 2 very strong arms that are 3 metres long.
  2. The body is 3.5 meters.
  3. The waist of the robot can rotate in a lever system.
  4. The body has a claw design which is used to hook on to the larger Space Station Arm.
  5. The robot also has built-in jaws, a retractable socket drive; a closed-circuit TV camera, lights, and wires that receive and transmit provide the power, data and video to and from the payload.
  6. All the data storing and transmitting devices are stored in the lower part of the robot.
  7. The lower part also stores three types of tools that can be used for performing various tasks in outer space.


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