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Space Missions For Automation And Robotics Technologies (SMART) Program
Author(s): Donald L. Ciffone; Henry Lum Jr.
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Paper Abstract

NASA is currently considering the establishment of a Space Missions for Automation and Robotics Technologies (SMART) Program to define, develop, integrate, test, and operate a spaceborne national research facility for the validation of advanced automation and robotics technologies. Initially, the concept is envisioned to be implemented through a series of Shuttle-based flight experiments which will utilize telepresence technologies and real-time operational concepts. However, eventually the facility will be capable of a more autonomous role and will be supported by either the Shuttle or the Space Station. To ensure incorporation of leading-edge technology in the facility, performance capability will periodically and systematically be upgraded by the solicitation of recommendations from a user advisory group. The facility will be managed by NASA, but will be available to all potential investigators. Experiments for each flight will be selected by a peer review group. Detailed definition and design is proposed to take place during FY 86, with the first SMART flight projected for FY 89. This paper discusses the objectives and rationale for the proposed SMART Program, potential implementation scenarios, and the management approach. The main purpose of the paper is to make the reader aware of this upcoming program, and to encourage participation beginning with the concep-tual definition phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1985
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0580, Space Station Automation I, (23 December 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.950848
Show Author Affiliations
Donald L. Ciffone, NASA Ames Research Center (United States)
Henry Lum Jr., NASA Ames Research Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0580:
Space Station Automation I
Wun C. Chiou Sr., Editor(s)

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