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Ranger telerobotic shuttle experiment: a status report
Author(s): Gardell Gefke; Craig R. Carignan; Brian E. Roberts; J. Corde Lane
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an update on the Ranger Telerobotic Shuttle Experiment (RTSX) and associated key robotics technologies within the Ranger program. Ranger TSX will operate from a Spacelab logistics pallet inside the cargo bay of the shuttle and will demonstrate space station and on-orbit servicing operations including extravehicular (EVA) worksite setup, an orbital replacement unit (ORU) exchange, and various task board experiments. The flight system will be teleoperated from the middeck inside the shuttle as well as from a ground control station at NASA Johnson Space Center. This paper addresses the technical and programmatic status of the flight experiment and describes progress on the engineering test unit, Ranger Neutral Buoyancy Vehicle II (RNBVII), currently in fabrication. Also described are associated technologies, which support this effort. These include a flight robot mockup built to practice EVA stowage and Ranger NBV I, a free-flight prototype vehicle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4570, Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VIII, (5 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454737
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Gardell Gefke, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Craig R. Carignan, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Brian E. Roberts, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
J. Corde Lane, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4570:
Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VIII
Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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