The determination of the 6-D singularity locus of the general Gough-Stewart platform is discussed in this article. The derivation of the velocity equation and the corresponding Jacobian matrices is first presented. Then a new procedure is introduced to obtain the analytical expression of the singularity locus, which is a function of six variables (x, y, z, φ, θ, ψ), using the velocity equation. Examples are also given to illustrate the results obtained. Gough-Stewart platforms can be used in several robotic applications as well as in flight simulators. The determination of the singularity locus is a very important design and application issue.

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