The DLR MIRO is the second generation of a versatile robot arm for surgical applications, developed at the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics. With its low weight of 10 kg and dimensions similar to those of the human arm, the MIRO robot can assist the surgeon directly at the operating table where space is limited. The DLR telesurgery scenario MIROSURGE includes a master console with an autostereoscopic display and a teleoperator consisting of 3 surgical robots. Two MIRO arms carry surgical instruments (MICA) equipped with miniaturized force/torque sensors to capture interaction forces. Two Omega.7 input devices are used as a High-Fidelity force display (1 kHz).
Core technologies, such as efficient motors, sensors, telerobotics and planning-systems are relevant in space as well as medical systems. The safe and robust control of the robot is directly derived from the work on teleoperated space robots. Based on the ROKVISS mission and the bimanual manipulator SpaceJustin the DLR demonstrates the principle of the "extended arm of man in space".