Space exploration and exploitation requires the simultaneous coexistence of people and machines. The human need for more information has made the use of satellites important. The need of satellites that can perform for longer time becomes increasingly evident.
In this work, we develop a novel robotic bronchoscope for sampling of distal lung in mechanically-ventilated (MV) patients in critical care units. The mortality rate for MV patients with suspected pneumonia approaches 40%.
Recent successes of missions, such as the Rosetta, have increased the interest in the robotic exploration of other planets and asteroids. Although, in most landers passive landing systems are used, bouncing due to inappropriate descent speed and hardware malfunction have been observed in cases such as that of the Philae.
This works experimentally evaluates a quasistatic mechanics-based model that describes the shape of concentric tube robotic (CTR) arms when they are eccentrically arranged along an also-flexible backbone. The model can estimate the shape of both the backbone and CTR arms, and can accommodate an arbitrary number of CTR arms arranged in an eccentric position with regards to the backbone’s neutral axis.