04 February 2021
Researchers from Tianjin University have developed a continuum robot that can be used to collect debris from satellites and other space hardware orbiting the Earth. A continuum robot can move by bending through a series of continuous arcs producing motion akin to tentacles or snakes. The Tianjin University robot includes a central backbone made up of a superelastic metal alloy of nickel and titanium, which can revert naturally back to its original shape after being bent or deformed by outside forces. It also has a camera and a grasping claw attached to the head. A short video released by the university shows a precise capture by the robot. (Note: we could not find this video) 
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