Path planning and control for AERCam, a free-flying inspection robot in space

Howie Choset, Ross Alan Knepper, J. Flasher, S. Walker, A. Alford, D. Jackson, D. Kortenkamp, R. Burridge, and J. Fernandez
Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '99), May, 1999, pp. 1396 - 1403.


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Abstract
This paper describes a prototype robot and the necessary path planning and control for space inspection applications. The robot is the first generation of a free-flying robotic camera that will assist astronauts in constructing and maintaining the Space Station. The robot will provide remote views to astronauts inside the Space Shuttle and future Space Station, and to ground controllers. The first part of the paper describes a planar robot prototype autonomously moving about an air bearing table. The second part of this paper describes the path planning method for the three-dimensional path planner and describes the software simulation of the path planner with the future space station.

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Biorobotics
Associated Project(s): Autonomous Extra-vehicular Robotic Camera
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
Howie Choset, Ross Alan Knepper, J. Flasher, S. Walker, A. Alford, D. Jackson, D. Kortenkamp, R. Burridge, and J. Fernandez, "Path planning and control for AERCam, a free-flying inspection robot in space," Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '99), May, 1999, pp. 1396 - 1403.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Choset_1999_4457,
   author = "Howie Choset and Ross Alan Knepper and J. Flasher and S. Walker and A. Alford and D. Jackson and D. Kortenkamp and R. Burridge and J. Fernandez",
   title = "Path planning and control for AERCam, a free-flying inspection robot in space",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '99)",
   pages = "1396 - 1403",
   month = "May",
   year = "1999",
   volume = "2",
}