HAPTICS-1 zero-G Setup
The HAPTICS-1 setup is a single degree of freedom high-resolution force control joystick for enhanced physiology research in micro-Gravity. The single degree of freedom joystick will be send to the International Space Station early 2014, to investigate for the first time the effects of micro-Gravity on kinaesthetic proprioception and human motor control capability. Moreover, the joystick consists of a highly power-dense brushless DC actuator (a DLR RoboDrive ILM50x14), an EtherCAT motor controller, custom force/torque sensor and a low-power COTS flight computer. The components of the single degree of freedom setup are identical to those that will constitute the future XR-1 exoskeleton robot, to be up-massed to the International Space Station in 2015.