Automation and robotics for Space Station in the twenty-first centurySpace Station telerobotics will evolve beyond the initial capability into a smarter and more capable system as we enter the twenty-first century. Current technology programs including several proposed ground and flight experiments to enable development of this system are described. Advancements in the areas of machine vision, smart sensors, advanced control architecture, manipulator joint design, end effector design, and artificial intelligence will provide increasingly more autonomous telerobotic systems.
Willshire, K. F. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Pivirotto, D. L. (California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)