A robotic system for automation of logistics functions on the Space StationSpacecraft inventory management is currently performed by the crew and as systems become more complex, increased crew time will be required to perform routine logistics activities. If future spacecraft are to function effectively as research labs and production facilities, the efficient use of crew time as a limited resource for performing mission functions must be employed. The use of automation and robotics technology, such as automated warehouse and materials handling functions, can free the crew from many logistics tasks and provide more efficient use of crew time. Design criteria for a Space Station Automated Logistics Inventory Management System is focused on through the design and demonstration of a mobile two armed terrestrial robot. The system functionally represents a 0 gravity automated inventory management system and the problems associated with operating in such an environment. Features of the system include automated storage and retrieval, item recognition, two armed robotic manipulation, and software control of all inventory item transitions and queries.
Martin, J. C. (Boeing Aerospace Co. Huntsville, AL., United States)
Purves, R. B. (Boeing Aerospace Co. Huntsville, AL., United States)
Hosier, R. N. (Westinghouse Mfg. Systems and Technology Center Columbia, MD., United States)
Krein, B. A. (Westinghouse Mfg. Systems and Technology Center Columbia, Md., United States)
September 5, 2013
August 1, 1988
Publication: NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Second Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Space Applications