Crew/Robot Coordinated Planetary EVA Operations at a Lunar Base Analog Site

M. Diftler, R. Ambrose, W. Bluethmann, F. Delgado, E. Herrera, J. Kosmo, B. Janoiko, B. Wilcox, J. Townsend, J. Matthews, Terrence W. Fong, M. Bualat, S. Y. Lee, John Dorsey, and W. Doggett
38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March, 2007.


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Abstract
Under the direction of NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program, robots and space suited subjects from several NASA centers recently completed a very successful demonstration of coordinated activities indicative of base camp operations on the lunar surface. For these activities, NASA chose a site near Meteor Crater, Arizona close to where Apollo Astronauts previously trained. The main scenario demonstrated crew returning from a planetary EVA (extra-vehicular activity) to a temporary base camp and entering a pressurized rover compartment while robots performed tasks in preparation for the next EVA. Scenario tasks included: rover operations under direct human control and autonomous modes, crew ingress and egress activities, autonomous robotic payload removal and stowage operations under both local control and remote control from Houston, and autonomous robotic navigation and inspection. In addition to the main scenario, participants had an opportunity to explore additional robotic operations: hill climbing, maneuvering heaving loads, gathering geological samples, drilling, and tether operations. In this analog environment, the suited subjects and robots experienced high levels of dust, rough terrain, and harsh lighting.

Keywords
space robotics, space operations

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Text Reference
M. Diftler, R. Ambrose, W. Bluethmann, F. Delgado, E. Herrera, J. Kosmo, B. Janoiko, B. Wilcox, J. Townsend, J. Matthews, Terrence W. Fong, M. Bualat, S. Y. Lee, John Dorsey, and W. Doggett, "Crew/Robot Coordinated Planetary EVA Operations at a Lunar Base Analog Site," 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March, 2007.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Fong_2007_5672,
   author = "M. Diftler and R. Ambrose and W. Bluethmann and F. Delgado and E. Herrera and J. Kosmo and B. Janoiko and B. Wilcox and J. Townsend and J. Matthews and Terrence W Fong and M. Bualat and S. Y. Lee and John Dorsey and W. Doggett",
   title = "Crew/Robot Coordinated Planetary EVA Operations at a Lunar Base Analog Site",
   booktitle = "38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference",
   month = "March",
   year = "2007",
   number = "1937",
}