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SURVEY OF REMOTE HANDLING IN SPACE
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
A survey of industrial opinion on remote handling in space was undertaken to document early concepts and to identify areas of agreement, areas of conflict, and unique ideas relating to the subject. Seven industrial concerns and one military agency provided papers on the role of remote handling in space. These papers are discussed in terms of a remote operations of which there are five major categories-maintenance, assembly, experimentation, transfer operations, and emergency operations b space vehicle design-the manned lightweight capsule, with anthropomorphic gloves, stabilization arms, window ports, and two to three manipulator arms, being representative c manipulator designconcerning actuation, configuration, control, and feedback systems and d space environment factors-vision, weightlessness, temperature fluctuations, high-energy radiation, and micrometeorite collisions.
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