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Astrobee Successfully Conducts Periodic Technical Review #3

The Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET2) project / Astrobee element conducted Periodic Technical Review (PTR) 3 / Game Changing Development (GCD) Program Continuation Review on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The purpose of PTR 3 was to demonstrate that the design has sufficiently matured and has an acceptable level of risk, examine the results of Prototype 4 testing (and any impact on the Certification Unit), monitor and communicate technical and programmatic progress, and review upcoming work plans. Astrobee released a data package on June 3, 2016 to stakeholders for review that included updated documents from PTR 2, design documents, schematics and drawings. The review covered an overview of FY16 accomplishments, system and subsystem design, technical margins, Prototype 4 test results, safety, schedule, cost, risks, and technology transition plans.

Stakeholder participation in the review included the Astrobee team; HET2 project; GCD program; Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) / Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD); Robotics Subject Matter Experts (SMEs); Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) program; Ames management from the Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI) and Engineering Systems Division (Code RE); System Safety and Mission Assurance Division (Code QS); Office of the Ames Chief Engineer; Multi-Mission Operations Center (MMOC) staff; AES Logistics Reduction Project; AES Radio Frequency Identification-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management (REALM) payload team; International Space Station (ISS) Payloads Technology Demonstration Office; ISS Payloads Integration Office; Astronaut Office; ISS Flight Directors and Flight Controllers; and the ISS Payloads Office staff from Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).

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. We are developing Astrobee 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: Game Changing Development (GCD) program, Space Technology Missions Directorate (STMD)

TEAM: Jonathan Barlow, Stephen Battazzo, Jeff Blair, Katie Browne, Maria Bualat, Brian Coltin, Phil Cooksey, Earl Daley, Max Feinberg, Jeff Feller, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Terry Fong, Jesse Fusco, Ryan Goetz (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Ali Kashani, Yunkyung Kim, Pem Lasota, Dong-Hyun Lee, John Love, Nghia Mai, Albeto Makino, Mike McIntyre, Blair McLachlan, Ted Morse, Robert Nakamura, In Won Park, Cedric Priscal, Chris Provencher, Estrellina Pacis Rius, Hugo Sanchez, Troy Shilt, Ernie Smith, Trey Smith, Andrew Symington, Omar Talavera, Vinh To, Mike Watterson, DW Wheeler, Shang Wu, and Jongwoon Yoo

COLLABORATORS: SPHERES program, Jessica Marquez (Human Systems Integration Division – Code TH), and Ali Guarneros Luna (System Safety and Mission Assurance Division – Code QS)

CUSTOMERS: SPHERES program, Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD); ISS Flight Controllers and ISS Payload Controllers

POINT OF CONTACT: Chris Provencher,

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