Shady: Robust truss climbing with mechanical compliances

Marsette Vona, Carrick Detweiler, Daniela Rus

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

12 Scopus citations


Many large terrestrial structures-towers, bridges, construction scaffolds are sparse assemblies of rigid bars connected together at structural nodes. This is also true of many in-space structures such as antennae, solar panel supports, and space-station members. A long-term application of truss climbing robots is automated assembly, repair, and inspection of such truss-like structures: one or more climbing robots could grip the bars and locomote about the truss, conveying sensors, tools, or construction materials. The robot could then either carry out the desired task on its own or cooperate with a human [1,7].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExperimental Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationThe 10th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics
EditorsOussama Khatib, Vijay Kumar, Daniela Rus
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)1610-7438
ISSN (Electronic)1610-742X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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