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Robotic Materials Handling in Space: Mechanical Design of the Robot Operated Materials Processing System HitchHiker ExperimentThe Goddard Space Flight Center has developed the Robot Operated Materials Processing System (ROMPS) that flew aboard STS-64 in September, 1994. The ROMPS robot transported pallets containing wafers of different materials from their storage racks to a furnace for thermal processing. A system of tapered guides and compliant springs was designed to deal with the potential misalignments. The robot and all the sample pallets were locked down for launch and landing. The design of the passive lockdown system, and the interplay between it and the alignment system are presented.
Document ID
19970021636
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Voellmer, George (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1997
Publication Information
Publication: Thirty-first Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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