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Human-robotic exploration of space and enabling technologies
Author(s): Paul S. Schenker
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Paper Abstract

Following on recent robotic exploration of Mars by twin Exploration Rovers (MER), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now moving into a new program of human-robotic (H-R) exploration. This “National Space Vision” was introduced in January 2004 by the US White House. The range of such exploration spans the inner planets and Earth moon, to outer planets, their moons and small bodies. Applicable systems and technologies include autonomous mobile robots operating on-and-near solar system bodies, telerobotic servicers, and ultimately, H-R work crews operating at lower and higher gravitational libration points as well as sustaining outposts on lunar and planetary bodies. In this invited talk, we give a brief technical perspective on the evolution from robotic to H-R space exploration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5608, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.580134
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Paul S. Schenker, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5608:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Roning, Editor(s)

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