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Astrobee: A New Platform for Free-Flying Robotics on the International Space StationThe Astrobees are next-generation free-flying robots that will operate in the interior of the International Space Station (ISS). Their primary purpose is to provide a flexible platform for research on zero-g freeflying robotics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of future research payloads and guest science software. They will also serve utility functions: as free-flying cameras to record video of astronaut activities, and as mobile sensor platforms to conduct surveys of the ISS. The Astrobee system includes two robots, a docking station, and a ground data system (GDS). It is developed by the Human Exploration Telerobotics 2 (HET-2) Project, which began in Oct. 2014, and will deliver the Astrobees for launch to ISS in 2017. This paper covers selected aspects of the Astrobee design, focusing on capabilities relevant to potential users of the platform.
Document ID
20160007769
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Smith, Trey (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Barlow, Jonathan (SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Bualat, Maria (NASA Ames Research Center 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)
Sanchez, Hugo (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Smith, Ernest (Universities Space Research Association Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
June 21, 2016
Publication Date
June 19, 2016
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN31584
Meeting Information
International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS)(Beijing)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS SPTX22016D
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX12AK33A
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA14AA60C
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
robotics

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