On March 2-4, 2009, Bill Clancey and Terry Fong participated in an Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Bluesky workshop at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), part of a series of meetings over the past two years devoted to developing operations concepts and designs for a small pressurized lunar electric rover (LER). The goal of this meeting was to “visualize innovative LER displays and controls that handle information and activities in a connected manner.” Three brainstorming sessions focused on presenting the status of consumables, improving situation awareness, and controlling the LER. In addition to graphic displays and joystick controllers, two “intelligent systems” technologies were emphasized: voice commanding and dynamic replanning of resources against changing timelines.
The LER was featured as the last “float” in the January 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade. For more information about the LER, including photographs, see http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/LER.html.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
COLLABORATORS: Doug Craig, John Olson, and Chris Culbert (ESMD); Michael Gernhardt and Andy Thomas (JSC astronauts); Jack Schmitt (Apollo 17 geologist-astronaut); Ken Ford (Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition [IHMC] and Chair of NASA Advisory Council); Rob Ambrose, Bill Bluethmann, and Rob Boyle (JSC Engineering); Kip Hodges (University of Arizona geologist); and seven other IHMC researchers.
Contact: Bill Clancey, Terry Fong