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Astrobee: Developing a Free Flying Robot for the International Space StationAstronaut time will always be in short supply, consumables (e.g., oxygen) will always be limited, and some work will not be feasible, or productive, for astronauts to do manually. Free flyers offer significant potential to perform a great variety of tasks, include routine, repetitive or simple but long-duration work, such as conducting environment surveys, taking sensor readings or monitoring crew activities. The "Astrobee" project is developing a new free flying robot system suitable for performing Intravehicular Activity (IVA) work on the International Space Station (ISS). This paper will describe the Astrobee project objectives, initial design, concept of operations, and key challenges.


Document ID
20150018250
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Bualat, Maria
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Barlow, Jonathan
(SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Fong, Terrence
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Provencher, Christopher
(SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Smith, Trey
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Zuniga, Allison
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
September 24, 2015
Publication Date
August 31, 2015
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Engineering (General)
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence And Robotics
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN25831
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2015(Pasadena, CA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA14AA60C
WBS: WBS 210935.04.01.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
ISS
Robotics
Free Flyer

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