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Deft Control Software (DCS) for Remote Robotic Operations with Underlying Structure

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0044
Agency Tracking Number: 174959
Amount: $749,903.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-22
Small Business Information
108 Northwest Canal Street, Seattle, WA, 98107-4933
DUNS: 079118474
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fredrik Ryden
 (206) 724-9160
Business Contact
 Luke Wissmann
Phone: (303) 630-9153
Research Institution

Future space missions will increasingly rely upon tele-operated robots to perform work remotely. This will require substantial improvements in robotic function, cognition, and human/machine interaction. The goal of this work is to realize this future by addressing key challenges in robotic space operations.

BluHaptics has successfully demonstrated both the feasibility and potential impact of using our Deft Control Software (DCS) to provide pilot assistance to enable safe, intuitive and efficient remote teleoperation of NASA’s robotic systems. The primary goal of our Phase II effort is to develop and deliver a solution that enables intuitive tele-robotic control in dynamic scenarios, such as when targets and possibly interfering objects are moving in the workspace. This proposed approach combines 3D sensing and novel machine learning algorithms with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for workspace visualization SLAM, to obtain real-time tracking that provides pilot guidance. By increasing situational awareness and implementing safety features such as collision-avoidance, DCS can garner pilot trust, improve
safety, mitigate training time and support rapid task switching.

We will perform physical experiments and task demonstrations using two separate robotic platforms that are readily available to our team: (1) MANTIS -- a compact and highly dexterous manipulator designed to fit inside an ExpressRack locker; and (2) Schilling Titan4 -- a work-class hydraulic manipulator commonly used in offshore oil and gas operations. Phase II work will demonstrate how these operator assistance capabilities impact the feasibility and effectiveness of complex robotic operations in two task scenarios that are key to the success of future NASA missions.


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