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Mtg: Robotics for Human Exploration of Space

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THURSDAY October 4, 2012
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Terry Fong, Director, Intelligent Robotics Group, NASA Ames Research Center
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, Room 118, Building 23, Moffett Field
RSVP: not required

Future human missions to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations offer many new opportunities for exploration.? Astronaut time, however, will always be limited and some work will not be feasible for humans to do manually.? To address this, robots can be used to complement human explorers, performing work autonomously and under remote supervision from Earth.? A central challenge, therefore, is to understand how human and robot activities can be coordinated to maximize mission success and scientific return.
Robots can do a variety of work to increase the productivity of human explorers.? Robots can perform tasks (survey, inspection, etc.) that are tedious, highly-repetitive or long-duration.? Robots can perform tasks ahead of crew, such as advance scouting, that help prepare for future human activity.? Robots can work in support of crew, assisting or performing tasks in parallel.? Robots can also perform “follow-up” work, completing tasks designated or started by humans.
In this talk, I will present some of the ways in which the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) has been working to improve human exploration of space.? A central focus of our research has been to develop and field test robots that work before, in support, and after humans.? Our approach is inspired by lessons learned from the Mars Exploration Rovers, as well as human spaceflight programs, including Apollo, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.

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