Robotics for Assembly, Inspection, and Maintenance of Space Macrofacilities

William (Red) L. Whittaker, Christopher Urmson, Peter Staritz, Brett Kennedy, and Rob Ambrose
AIAA Space 2000 Conference and Exposition, October, 2000.


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Abstract
Space macrofacilities will be larger, more complex, sometimes fragile and often less accessible than the satellites and space stations of today. The need is for AIM robots to assemble, inspect, and maintain such facilities, but significant technical challenges exist. This paper profiles early results towards extensive, constrained, and humanoid approaches to AIM robots. Like the visionary facilities these reobots will enable, visionary AIM robots call for their own significant development campaign.

Keywords
Space Robotics, Skyworker, Construction, Assembly,

Notes
Sponsor: NASA
Grant ID: NAG9-1141
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Space Robotics Initiative and Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Skyworker

Text Reference
William (Red) L. Whittaker, Christopher Urmson, Peter Staritz, Brett Kennedy, and Rob Ambrose, "Robotics for Assembly, Inspection, and Maintenance of Space Macrofacilities," AIAA Space 2000 Conference and Exposition, October, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Whittaker_2000_3359,
   author = "William (Red) L. Whittaker and Christopher Urmson and Peter Staritz and Brett Kennedy and Rob Ambrose",
   title = "Robotics for Assembly, Inspection, and Maintenance of Space Macrofacilities",
   booktitle = "AIAA Space 2000 Conference and Exposition",
   publisher = "AIAA",
   address = "1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191",
   month = "October",
   year = "2000",
}