Advanced Modeling Tools for Controlling Complex Assets Across Time Delay

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,967.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX10CE53P
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
095969
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6.01
Small Business Information
TRACLabs, Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216-4727
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator
 Robert Burridge
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 461-7884
 burridge@ieee.org
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: President
Phone: (281) 461-7884
Email: korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Prior to human arrival, lunar robots will conduct a variety of precursor operations. Some of these will need supervision from Earth. After humans arrive, robots will continue to follow a mix of autonomy, local control, and ground control. For best utility, a strong model is needed of the expected responses of the robots to various commands. Such a model enables procedure authors to verify expected outcomes, enhances situational awareness for remote operators in the presence of time delay, and provides a mechanism for planning. We propose a simulation module for assisting an operator across a time delay. The proposed innovation is a hybrid simulation module to replace the current "Behavioral Sim" in JSC's Predictive Interactive Graphical Interface (PIGI). PIGI helps an operator compensate for lunar-scale time delay, and is part of NASA's "RAPID Workbench". The Behavioral Sim acts as an oracle, taking initial conditions and a sequence of commands and producing trajectories and expected final location of the robot. We propose to provide functionality to (1) keep and reason about the robot's internal state; (2) model relevant aspects of the robot's workspace; (3) reason at a high level about manipulation; and (4) model the uncertainty cone of the predictions.

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