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An examination of automation and robotics in the context of Space Station operationsA NASA-sponsored review of Space Station automation and robotics (A&R) applications from an operations and utilization perspective is presented. The goals of the A&R panel and this report are to identify major suggestions for advanced A&R operations application in Space Station as well as key technologies that have emerged or gained prominence since the completion of previous reports; to review and incorporate the range of possible Space Station A&R applications into a framework for evaluation of A&R opportunities; and to propose incentives for the government, work packages, and subcontractors to more aggressively identify, evaluate, and incorporate advanced A&R in Space Station Operations. The suggestions for A&R focused on narrow objectives using a conservative approach tuned to Space Station at IOC and limiting the Station's growth capabilities. A more aggressive stance is to identify functional needs over the Program's life, exploit and leverage available technology, and develop the key advanced technologies permitting effective use of A&R. The challenge is to systematically identify candidate functions to be automated, provide ways to create solutions resulting in savings or increased capabilities, and offer incentives that will promote the automation.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Criswell, David R. (California, University La Jolla, United States)
Lee, Douglas S. (DOT Cambridge, MA, United States)
Ragusa, James (Central Florida, University Titusville, FL, United States)
Starks, Scott A. (East Texas State University Commerce, TX, United States)
Woodruff, John (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA, United States)
Paules, Granville (NASA Space Station Systems Applications Branch Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Space Station Automation IV(Cambridge, MA)
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