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Astrobee Conducts Successful Periodic Techinical Review 2

The Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET2) project's Astrobee element successfully conducted and passed Periodic Technical Review (PTR) 2 (Preliminary Design Review) / Continuation Review on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The purpose of PTR 2 was to demonstrate that the preliminary design meets system requirements with an acceptable level of risk, examine the results of Prototype 3 testing (and any impact on Prototype 4 or the Certification Units), monitor and communicate technical and programmatic progress, and review upcoming work plans. Prior to the PTR, Astrobee released a data package to stakeholders for review that included updated documents from PTR 1, subsystem and interface requirements, the Software Development Plan, and preliminary design. The review covered an overview of FY15 accomplishments, element and subsystem preliminary design, trade studies, Prototype 3 test results, safety, schedule, costs and risks.

Participants at the review included the Astrobee team, Terry Fong and Maria Bualat (HET2), Kevin Kempton (Game Changing Development program - GCD), Jason Crusan (Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate - HEOMD), Rob Ambrose (GCD Robotics PI), Mark Micire (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Jose Benavides (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites Program - SPHERES), the SPHERES team, Bill Van Dalsem (Code TI Division Chief), Craig Myhre (Engineering Systems Division - Code RE), Kenny Vassigh (Ames Office of the Chief Engineer), Jim Broyan (Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction - AES LR), Andrew Chu (AES Radio Frequency Identification-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management - AES REALM), Al Holt and staff (ISS Payloads Tech Demo Office), Larry Cotton (ISS Payloads Integration Manager), astronaut Don Pettit, Chris Edelen (ISS Flight Director), and ISS Payloads office staff from Johnson Space Center and Marshal Space Flight Center. The review met all of the entrance and success criteria, though it was noted that there is one significant schedule risk impacting several of the success criteria. The team is now continuing with final and Prototype 4 designs and development.

BACKGROUND: Astrobee will be a free-flying robot on the ISS 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.

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

TEAM: Oleg Alexandrov, Dmitriy Arbitman, Jonathan Barlow, Stephen Battazzo, Jeff Blair, Maria Bualat, Brian Coltin, Earl Daley, Jon Dewald, Jeff Feller, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Terry Fong, Jesse Fusco, Brandon Gigous, Ryan Goetz (JPL), Ravi Gogna, Connor Hitt, Hyunjung Kim, Brian Koss, Alexandria Langford, Pem Lasota, Dong-Hyun Lee, John Love, Jason Lum, Nghia Mai, Andy Martinez, Mike McIntyre, Blair McLachlan, Travis Mendoza, Zack Moratto, Ted Morse, Robert Nakamura, In Won Park, Youngwoo Park, Chris Provencher, Estrellina Pacis Rius, Hugo Sanchez, Troy Shilt, Ernie Smith, Trey Smith, Dan Szafir, Omar Talavera, Vinh To, Jay Torres (JPL), Mike Watterson, DW Wheeler, Shang Wu, Jongwoon Yoo, and Allison Zuniga


CUSTOMERS: Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program, the SPHERES Program, ISS flight controllers, and ISS Payload controllers

POC: Chris Provencher,

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