Title

Robotics in Space Related Applications

Abstract

Robots constitute a significant part of space activities and will continue to contribute in space applications because of the cost potential and many other benefits they represent. Because robots can work virtually unattended for long periods of time, the rise in productivity will allow us to complete projects faster. As the use of robots in space increases, so will the benefits of having such technology. Robots will be used for dangerous or undesirable tasks and thus freeing humans from the hazards associated with such work. As robot technology advances to the state of autonomy, humans can be freed from the hostile environment in space. This paper reviews the current and planned uses of robots in space. Current robot activities present at Kennedy Space Center are also discussed. The Remote Manipulator System, which is used in most shuttle missions, is reviewed. Current programs such as the Flight Telerobotic Servicer, Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle, and Mars Explorer, are also explained. Technical hurdles limiting the use of robots in space are identified. Concluding remarks emphasize the benefits of robots in space applications.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1989

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Elshennawy, Ahmad K.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Department

Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Format

Print

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering; Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic

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