Panoramic Stereoscopic Video System for Remote-Controlled Robotic Space Operations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,982.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ04JC36C
Award Id:
69126
Agency Tracking Number:
034906
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021804661
Principal Investigator:
James Scire, Jr.
Principal Investigator
(860) 528-9806
jscire@AFRinc.com
Business Contact:
Michael Serio
President
(860) 528-9806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of providing panoramic stereoscopic images for remote-controlled robotic space operations using three fixed-position cameras. Remote-controlled robot operations are an important element in orbital and planetary space missions. Advanced display systems can greatly enhance the effectiveness of these operations. In the system proposed here, human operators will be immersed in a virtual environment composed of a mosaic of stereoscopically encoded images. The operators will readily view 3-dimensional images of the robot?s workspace over a full hemisphere. The panoramic stereoscopic imaging will be achieved through an innovative optical design, employing three of NASA?s Panoramic Refracting Optics, each providing a hemispherical view to one camera. The proposed system will be simple, lightweight, energy efficient, and will contain no moving parts. It will therefore be compatible with space launch and environmental requirements. The proposed system will increase the effectiveness of NASA?s robotic operations during orbital and planetary missions, and directly addresses the subtopic need to ?improve the robotic teleoperator?s efficiency through advanced display systems.?

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