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SPHERES/Astrobee Working Group Quarterly Meeting to be Held at Standford
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SPHERES/Astrobee Working Group Quarterly Meeting to be Held at Standford

The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and Astrobee free-flying satellite projects will hold a quarterly working group face-to-face meeting on June 19th, 2018. The SPHERES/Astrobee working group adjoins four times a year to share information across the projects and the community. Stanford has graciously agreed to host this meeting. Topics to be discussed include SPHERES SmoothNav, ReSwarm, Zero Robotics, and Tether Slosh operations/programs, vision-based navigation of the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System (RINGS) using Smartphone Video Guidance Sensors (SVGS), Model-Predictive Control (MPC) of Astrobee, International Space Station (ISS) technology demonstration and Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS, manager of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory) status, propellantless mobility for spacecraft, Radio frequency identification-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management v2 (REALM 2), deep audio analytics, and gecko-inspired adhesive appendages for automated logistics.

BACKGROUND: SPHERES are bowling ball-sized spherical satellites with power, propulsion, computers, and navigation that can be used for inspections, maintenance, spacecraft assembly, and other intravehicular operations. The ISS has been using three of them to conduct science and test a diverse array of hardware and software for more than a decade.

Astrobee will be a free-flying robot on ISS that can be remotely operated by astronauts in space, or by mission controllers on the ground. Astrobee is being developed to perform a variety of Intra-Vehicular Activities (IVAs). These IVA tasks include interior environmental surveys (e.g., sound level measurement), inventory, and mobile camera work. Astrobee will also serve as a platform for robotics research in microgravity.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: SPHERES: Advance Exploration Systems (AES) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission directorate (HEOMD); ASTROBEE: Game Changing Development (GCD) program, Space Technology Missions Directorate (STMD)

TEAM: ARC SPHERES TEAM: Jonathan Barlow, Jose Benavides, Jose Cortez, Robert Hanson, Simeon Kanis, Aric Katterhagen, Don Soloway, and Andres Vargas; ASTROBEE TEAM: Watson Attai, Jonathan Barlow, Stephen Battazzo, Jeff Blair, Katie Browne, Maria Bualat, Brian Coltin, Earl Daley, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Terry Fong, Jesse Fusco, Ali Kashani, Yunkyung Kim, John Love, Nghia Mai, Albeto Makino, Mike McIntyre, Blair McLachlan, Don Morr, Ted Morse, Robert Nakamura, In Won Park, Cedric Priscal, Estrellina Pacis Rius, Hugo Sanchez, Ernie Smith, Trey Smith, Corey Snyder, Andrew Symington, Omar Talavera, Vinh To, DW Wheeler, Shang Wu, and Jongwoon Yoo

POINT OF CONTACT: Jose Benavides,

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