A variety of applications for variable-geometry truss manipulators (VGTMs) have been demonstrated or proposed in the literature. Most of these applications require solution to the inverse kinematic problem, yet only a few isolated examples of closed-form solution methods have been presented to date. This paper provides an overview to the general problem of inverse kinematic analysis of variable-geometry truss manipulators and presents new closed-form solution techniques for problems of practical importance.
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