The Robotics Innovation Center research department, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kirchner, develop robot systems that are used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air, and in space. The recently established underactuated lab at DFKI-RIC is looking for outstanding students to join us in pushing the boundaries of highly dynamic and agile robots.
Space Robots have been a prime candidate for Active Debris Removal (ADR) and On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) missions. However, testing control methods for free-floating robots is challenging requiring the use of expensive facilities such as air-bearing flat floors, Underwater testbeds, or the International Space Station. This creates a need for inexpensive methods and testbeds for testing and validating free-floating control algorithms. This internship will develop one such testbed for testing control algorithms for a 7 Degree of Freedom (DoF) free-floating robot manipulating a 1DoF target satellite. This provides a simple testbed for testing active debris removal algorithms for approach, capture, and detumble. The internship will involve the design and development of the testbed including the mechanical design, electrical design, electronics needed along with their code/drivers, and developing communication software for enabling control algorithm testing using both the robot arm and the target satellite. The developed system will be validated by testing and benchmarking the state-of-the-art control techniques from the literature.
- Mechatronics: Experience with CAD software (Solidworks) preferred,
- background in mechatronic design: Electrical-Electronics-Mechanical Design, Integration, and testing.
- Programming: C/C++, Python. Experience with Embedded programming, microcontrollers preferred.
Post internship, the work could be continued for a Master thesis depending on the work done/results.
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