GLOBAL-LOCAL ENVIRONMENT TELEROBOTIC SIMULATOR

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,980.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12021
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Kms Fusion, Inc.
P.o. Box 1567, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Frederick S. Schebor
Research Programmer
(313) 769-8500
Business Contact:
ROBERT F. MCCARTHY
DIRECTOR OF CONTRACTS
(313) 769-8500
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
TO REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF POTENTIALLY UNPRODUCTIVE AND DANGEROUS EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITIES BY SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS, NASA WILL NEED TELEROBOTIC AND AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SYSTEMS. BECAUSE AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS ARE FAR BEYOND THE STATE-OF-THE-ART IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND COMPUTERVISION, NASA MUST USE TELEROBOTIC SYSTEMS. SUCH SYSTEMS EMPLOY GROUND-BASED AND SPACE STATION-BASED HUMAN OPERATORS TO CONTROL REMOVE ROBOTIC MANIPULATORS. PASE EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT TELEOPERATION IS A DEMANDING TASK WHICH REQUIRE THE OPERATOR TO MAINTAIN AN ACCURATE MENTAL MODEL OF THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE MANIPULATOR, EVEN IN ADVERSE LIGHTING AND SENSORY CONDITIONS. TO SIMPLIFY TELEOPERATION KMSF WILL DESIGN A GLOBAL-LOCAL ENVIRONMENT TELEROBOTIC SIMULATOR (GLETS) THAT WILL - SIMULATE THE REMOTE MANIPULATOR AND ITS LOCAL ENVIRONMENT,- CONTINUALLY UPDATE THE SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT USING REMOTE SENSORS, - DISPLAY THE SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT WITH RICH VISUAL AND AUDIO CUES THAT CAN BE EASILY INTERPRETED BY THE OPERATOR, - USE CAD/CAM DATABASES FOR THE SIMULATED ROBOT ENVIRONMENT AND ROBOT DESCRIPTIONS, - PROVIDE A FLEXIBLE SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE THAT IS EASILY MODIFIED AND EXTENDED, AND - ADHERE TO THE NASREM STANDARD FOR TELEROBOTIC CONTROL TO ALLOW EASY INTEGRATION OF GLETS INTO NASA'S TELEROBOTIC PROGRAM.

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