SpiderCam Cable Robot

Source: Alexander Dettmann, DFKI

Technical Details

Weight: up to 150 kg Load
Power supply: 4 x 32 A, 400 V
Speed: max: 2000 mm/s
8 absolute encoders
Spidercam GmbH
max. acceleration:
1529 mm/s²
Position Accuracy:
< 5 mm
Degrees of freedom:
3 (horizontal and vertical movements)
Working area:
approx. 16m x 7m x 6m (l x w x h)

Organisational Details

Application Field: Space Robotics
Related Projects: Stardust Reloaded
On-Orbit Servicing with Robotic Manipulators (01.2019- 06.2023)
Innovatice technologies for relative navigation and capture (05.2009- 03.2012)
This system is not actively used anymore.

System description

SpiderCam architecture (Source: Benjamin Girault, DFKI)

The SpiderCam is a cable robot, which consists of a mount, 8 cables connected to 4 winches, and a controller. The winches cause the mount to fly through the Exploration Hall by increasing and decreasing the cable lengths. The mount is supplied with power and data transmission by cords inside the cables. The SC is controlled via CAN-Bus. It needs position changes as control input and delivers absolute positions based on the internal cable length measurement. The SC can load 150 kg of equipment. It is used in the project INVERITAS to simulate a service satellite.


Inveritas: Relativnavigation und Capture

Die prototypische Realisierung eines breit einsetzbaren RendezVous und Capture Systems.

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