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Human Exploration Telerobotics Project To Complete Final Design Drawings of The Astrobee Free-Flying Robot
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Human Exploration Telerobotics Project To Complete Final Design Drawings of The Astrobee Free-Flying Robot

On June 30th, 2017, the Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET2) project / Astrobee element will complete final design drawings for the Astrobee free-flying robot. Starting on July 7, 2017, the HET2 Astrobee element will begin procurement of primary components required to build the certification and flight units of Astrobee.

BACKGROUND: Astrobee will be a free-flying robot on the International Space Station 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.

The HET2 project demonstrates how telerobotics – robots remotely operated by astronauts or ground controllers – can be used to perform a variety of routine, highly repetitive, dangerous, or long-duration tasks. The primary goal of HET is to improve NASA’s understanding of the requirements, benefits, limitations, costs, and risks of integrating telerobotics into future deep-space exploration missions.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Game Changing Development (GCD) program, Space Technology Missions Directorate (STMD)

TEAM: Watson Attai, Jonathan Barlow, Stephen Battazzo, Jeff Blair, Katie Browne, Maria Bualat, Brian Coltin, Earl Daley, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Terry Fong, Jesse Fusco, Ryan Goetz (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), 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: Maria Bualat, maria.g.bualat@nasa.gov

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