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Small-Scale Compliant Dual Arm with Tail for Winged Aerial Robots

Alejandro Suarez; Manuel Orta Pérez; Guillermo Heredia; Anibal Ollero;
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Published: 27 Jan 2019

Winged aerial robots represent an evolution of aerial manipulation robots, replacing the multirotor vehicles by fixed or flapping wing platforms. The development of this morphology is motivated in terms of efficiency, endurance and safety in some inspection operations where multirotor platforms may not be suitable. This paper presents a first prototype of compliant dual arm as preliminary step towards the realization of a winged aerial robot capable of perching and manipulating with the wings folded. The dual arm provides 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) for end effector positioning in a human-like kinematic configuration, with a reach of 25 cm (half-scale w.r.t. the human arm), and 0.2 kg weight. The prototype is built with micro metal gear motors, measuring the joint angles and the deflection with small potentiometers. The paper covers the design, electronics, modeling and control of the arms. Experimental results in test-bench validate the developed prototype and its functionalities, including joint position and torque control, bimanual grasping, the dynamic equilibrium with the tail, and the generation of 3D maps with laser sensors attached at the arms.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Robot Computer science Deflection (engineering) Simulation Robot end effector law.invention law Kinematics Multirotor Flapping wing Torque


winged aerial robot, human arm, scale compliant dual arm, aerial manipulation robots, flapping wing platforms

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General compliant aerial Robotic manipulation system Integrating Fixed and Flapping wings to INcrease range and safety
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 788247
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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