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Automation of vehicle processing at Space Station Freedom
Author(s): Rick C. Vargo; Michael E. Sklar; Daniel G. Wegerif
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Paper Abstract

A methodology for applying the Kennedy Space Center vehicle processing experience to similar operations at Space Station Freedom is described. First, the required on-orbit processing tasks are identified. These tasks are then evaluated for automation suitability, and robotic manipulator and artificial intelligence technologies are investigated to automate selected physical and cognitive tasks. Effects on processing times, extra-vehicular activity savings, and required resources for incorporating these automation enhancements are identified. Results of the following case studies are included: Phobos Gateway Vehicle On-Orbit Assembly and Launch, Lunar Evolution Vehicle On-Orbit Refurbishment, and Mars Mission Vehicle On-Orbit Assembly and Launch.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1387, Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25412
Show Author Affiliations
Rick C. Vargo, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. (United States)
Michael E. Sklar, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. (United States)
Daniel G. Wegerif, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1387:
Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space
Rui J. P. de Figueiredo; William E. Stoney, Editor(s)

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