Proceedings PaperAn Examination Of Automation And Robotics In The Context Of Space Station Operations
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The Space Station Operations Task Force (SSOTF) was created by the NASA Office of Space Station to ensure that operations are given due consideration in Space Station planning efforts. Specifically, SSOTF was asked to produce a framework for operations which meets the major objectives of the Space Station Program. The Automation and Robotics Panel of the Consortium for Space/Terrestrial Automation and Robotics and the California Space Institute of the University of California was requested by NASA to form a team to review the applications of automation and robotics (A&R) to the Space Station Program from an operations and utilization perspective. This review was organized to establish that perspective. This report presents a summary of the major activities of the Panel. This paper discusses the organizing principles upon which the study was based. Also included are potential applications of A&R along with a strategy for evaluating their associated benefits and costs.