An important consideration in the use of manipulators in Microgravity environments is the minimization of the base reactions, i.e. the magnitude of the force and the moment exerted by the manipulator on its base as it performs its tasks. One approach which has been proposed and implemented is to use the redundant degrees of freedom in a kinematically redundant manipulator to plan manipulator trajectories to minimize base reactions. In this paper we develop a global approach for minimizing the magnitude of the base reactions for kinematically redundant manipulators which integrates the Partitioned Jacobian method of redundancy resolution, a 4-3-4 joint-trajectory representation and the minimization of a cost function which is the time-integral of the magnitude of the base reactions. We also compare the global approach with a local approach developed earlier for the case of point-to-point motion of a three degree-of-freedom planar manipulator with one redundant degree-of-freedom. The results of study show that the global approach is more effective in reducing and smoothing the base force while the local approach is superior in reducing the base moment.

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