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Astrobee Conducts Delta Periodic Technical Review #3

The Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET2) project / Astrobee element will conduct a delta Periodic Technical Review (PTR) #3 on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The purpose of PTR 3 is to demonstrate that the design has sufficiently matured and has an acceptable level of risk, examine the results of Prototype testing (and any impact on the Certification Unit), monitor and communicate technical and programmatic progress, and review upcoming work plans. Astrobee will release its technical data package that same day to stakeholders for review, which will include updated documents, design documents, schematics, and drawings. The review will cover system and subsystem design, technical margins, Prototype 4D status, safety, schedule, cost, risks, and technology transition plans.

Stakeholder participation in the review is expected from the Astrobee team; HET2 project; Game Changing Development (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: 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, Chris Provencher, Estrellina Pacis Rius, Hugo Sanchez, Ernie Smith, Trey Smith, Corey Snyder, Andrew Symington, Omar Talavera, Vinh To, 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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