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Robotic end-effector for rewaterproofing shuttle tiles
Author(s): Davoud Manouchehri; Joseph M. Hansen; Cheng M. Wu; Brian S. Yamamoto; Todd Graham
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes work by Rockwell International's Space Systems Division's Robotics Group at Downey, California. The work is part of a NASA-led team effort to automate Space Shuttle tile rewaterproofing in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the ferry facility at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility. Rockwell's effort focuses on the rewaterproofing end-effector, whose function is to inject hazardous dimethylethyloxysilane into thousands of ceramic tiles on the underside of the orbiter after each flight. The paper has five sections. First, it presents background on the present manual process. Second, end-effector requirements are presented, including safety and interface control. Third, a design is presented for the five end-effector systems: positioning, delivery, containment, data management, and command and control. Fourth, end-effector testing and integrating to the total system are described. Lastly, future applications for this technology are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1829, Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III, (1 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131709
Show Author Affiliations
Davoud Manouchehri, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Joseph M. Hansen, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Cheng M. Wu, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Brian S. Yamamoto, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)
Todd Graham, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1829:
Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III
Jon D. Erickson, Editor(s)

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