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Survey of Landing Methods on Small Bodies : Benefits of Robotics Manipulators to the Field

Peñarroya, Pelayo; Vyas, Shubham; Paoli, Roberto; Kajak, Karl M

In this poster, a summary of the landing techniques used in missions to small bodies is given and their performance, flexibility, and robustness are assessed. Based on these criteria, the overall gaps that these techniques present are identified and classified. Furthermore, a study on space-based robotic manipulators is presented, and their benefits are highlighted. A novel landing technique to land on small bodies that tries to fill the gaps in current landing systems with the possibilities that the robotic manipulators offer is introduced. A compilation of the possible applications that such a landing technique provides is given, and its potential performance is assessed and compared to the state of the art. Finally, the feasibility of using a robotic arm for posterior mission phases, such as hopping to traverse around the surface of the small body, is discussed.

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