As compact as possible and at the same time lightweight and sensitive – the requirements for robot hands for use in space are challenging. They must be able to withstand harsh conditions such as vacuum, ionising radiation and shock loads. If, in the future, a ground-controlled robotic system should perform tasks on the International Space Station, the robot hands must be human-like – so they can use existing tools and equipment developed for a human hand. The DLR DEXHAND is therefore the size of the gloves worn by the astronauts during spacewalks. For the ease of the operator using the robot hand by telemanipulation – remote operation, there is an especially important requirement – the hand must be intuitive to command in order to achieve a short training time.