Automation and Robotics for the Space Exploration Initiative: Results from Project Outreach
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Review of the submissions of further research in A and R issues has led the Project Outreach A and R panel to make the following observations and to submit the following recommendations for consideration by the Synthesis Group 1 Systematically integrate SEI robots, work environments, and systems 2 Develop structured-task robots for SEI 3 Adapt and develop advanced TORteleoperated robots control interfaces that enable telepresence 4 Evaluate the architectural implications of using TOR telepresence control in SEI 5 Reevaluate and harmonize early SEI remote sensing data collection requirements with later SEI robotic mission requirements 6 Conduct tradeoff studies to select optimum mobility and navigational subsystems for SEI surface exploration robots. Teams of complementary exploration robots should be considered in these tradeoff analyses 7 Conduct tradeoff studies to determine the most cost-effective and productive development path towards autonomous robots and 8 Review NASAs evaluations of A and R effort for Space Station Freedom.