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Use Of Automation And Robotics For The Space Station
Author(s): Aaron Cohen
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Paper Abstract

With the placement of a space station in low Earth orbit, this Nation will have developed the capability for a permanent human presence in space. To ensure maximum productivity and utility of this space asset, operating personnel must be freed from chores that can be done by machines to devote their time to customer and user needs that cannot be done by machines. Technological advances in a variety of disciplines, collectively called automation and robotics, now permit machines to assume more and more of the burden of system management and operation that has previously been heavily labor-intensive both in the air and on the ground. Future advances, particularly in intelligent robotics, offer the potential of revolutionizing our approach to space operations. Much of the knowledge gained and the advances made will be transferable to terrestrial applications to increase the productivity of the nation's economy as a whole. This paper provides an overview and a summary of the various possible applications and benefits of automation and robotics technology, both near-term and long-term, to the Spabe Station system. Also included are remarks relevant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's approach in fostering the development of the needed technologies and views on the benefits to the Nation's economy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0729, Space Station Automation II, (20 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.964852
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Aaron Cohen, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0729:
Space Station Automation II
Wun C. Chiou Sr., Editor(s)

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