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Astrobee: A New Tool for ISS OperationsAstrobee is a new class of free-flying robots that operate in the interior of the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to providing a research platform for zero-g free-flying robotics (replacing the Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES)), Astrobee improves the efficiency of ISS operations by providing flight and payload controllers with a mobile camera/sensor platform. The Astrobee system consists of three robots, a docking station, and a ground data system. Development began in late 2014, and Astrobee will launch to ISS in late 2018. This paper provides an overview of the capabilities of the Astrobee system, the concept of operations for ISS operations support, and the challenges of operating a free-flying robot within the constraints of the ISS environment.
Document ID
20180006684
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Bualat, Maria (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Smith, Trey (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Fong, Terrence (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Smith, Ernest (SGT, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Wheeler, DW (SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
October 24, 2018
Publication Date
May 28, 2018
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN56949
Meeting Information
International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2018)(Marseille, France)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 354108.04.20.21
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA14AA60C
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
ISS
Astrobee
free flyer

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