Using Robots Before and After Humans to Improve Space Exploration

Matthew Deans, Terrence W. Fong, Maria Bualat, Essam Heggy, Mark Helper, Kip Hodges, Pascal Lee, and and Kris Zacny
Global Space Exploration Conference, May, 2012.


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Abstract
Human-robotic partnership should not be limited to side-by-side concurrent and coordinated activities. As advanced as robots have become, they are still slow compared to humans. Concurrent, interdependent operations risk creating situations where the human waits for the robot while it is executing or stuck. Robots that cause humans to waste precious resources such as time or life support consumables risk making human missions less productive rather than more. An alternative is to separate human coordinate their activities to be complimentary.

Keywords
planetary exploration, space robots, analog field tests, human-robot teams

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Text Reference
Matthew Deans, Terrence W. Fong, Maria Bualat, Essam Heggy, Mark Helper, Kip Hodges, Pascal Lee, and and Kris Zacny, "Using Robots Before and After Humans to Improve Space Exploration," Global Space Exploration Conference, May, 2012.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Deans_2012_7339,
   author = "Matthew Deans and Terrence W Fong and Maria Bualat and Essam Heggy and Mark Helper and Kip Hodges and Pascal Lee and and Kris Zacny",
   title = "Using Robots Before and After Humans to Improve Space Exploration",
   booktitle = "Global Space Exploration Conference",
   publisher = "International Astronautical Federation",
   month = "May",
   year = "2012",
}