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"SPHERES"/Astrobee Working Group Quarterly Meeting To Be Held at Ames on November 10th
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"SPHERES"/Astrobee Working Group Quarterly Meeting To Be Held at Ames on November 10th

The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) community holds a face-to-face working group meeting twice a year for information sharing across the group. Membership includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Maryland (UMD), Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Lockheed, Aurora Flight Sciences (AFS), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), San Jose State University (SJSU), and NASA (HQ, Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Ames Research Center). The next working group meeting on November 10th will also be the inaugural Astrobee Working Group meeting, looking to bring together all who are interested in utilizing Astrobee for research on the Ineternational Space Station (ISS). The agenda will include discussions and tours of the SPHERES Facility, discussions between SPHERES users, and an Astrobee overview and status along with Astrobee payload presentations.

BACKGROUND: The Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) program consists of three free-flying robotic satellites that have been operating onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for more than a decade to conduct science and test a diverse range of hardware and software. The Astrobees are next-generation free-flying robots that will operate in the interior of the ISS. Their primary purpose is to provide a flexible platform for research on zero-g free-flying robotics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of future research payloads and guest science software.

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, Darryl LeVasseur, Ken Oyadomari, and Cedric Priscal; ASTROBEE 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

POINT OF CONTACT: Chris Provencher, chris.provencher@nasa.gov

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