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Astrobee Conducts Successful Periodic Technical Review #1

The Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) project / Astrobee element successfully conducted and passed Periodic Technical Review (PTR) #1 (System Requirements Review) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. The purpose of PTR 1 was to examine system and subsystem requirements to ensure they will satisfy customer needs, system objectives and operations scenarios, examine the results of Prototype 2 testing, monitor and communicate technical and programmatic progress, and review upcoming work plans. The review met all of the entrance and success criteria, and the team is now continuing with preliminary design and prototype 3 design and development.

Prior to the PTR, Astrobee released a data package to stakeholders for review that included all project planning documents and level 1–3 requirements. The review covered concepts of operations, requirements, trade studies, point design, prototype approach and results, safety, schedule, costs, and risks. Participants at the review included the Astrobee Element team; HET management; Kevin Kempton (Program Element Manager, Game Changing Development Program); Jason Crusan (Director, Advanced Explorations Systems Division, Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate); Eugene Tu (Director, Code T); Dave Korsmeyer (Director, Code R); Mike Liu (Acting Deputy Director, Code Q); Code TI, RD, and RE management; the Advanced Exploration System (AES) Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) program team; the AES REALM project team, the Ames Multi-Mission Operations Center, the Ames Office of Chief Engineer, the International Space Station (ISS) Crew Office, the ISS Research Integration-Technology Demonstration Office, and ISS Payloads engineers.

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

TEAM: Oleg Alexandrov, Jonathan Barlow, Stephen Battazzo, Jeff Blair, Maria Bualat, Brian Coltin, Earl Daley, Jon Dewald, Jeff Feller, Terry Fong, Jesse Fusco, Ryan Goetz (JPL), Ravi Gogna, Hyunjung Kim, Brian Koss, John Love, Jason Lum, Nghia Mai, Andy Martinez, Mike McIntyre, Blair McLachlan, Zack Moratto, Robert Nakamura, In Won Park, Youngwoo Park, Chris Provencher, Estrellina Pacis Rius, Hugo Sanchez, Aaron Schooley, Ernie Smith, Trey Smith, Dan Szafir, Omar Talavera, Vinh To, Jay Torres (JPL), DW Wheeler, Shang Wu, Jongwoon Yoo, and Allison Zuniga

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Game Changing Development (GCD) Program, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)

Contact: Chris Provencher

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