Panoramic Stereoscopic Video System for Remote-Controlled Robotic Space Operations
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Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
James Scire, Jr.
AbstractThis 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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