Application of Automation and Robotics to Lunar Surface Human Exploration Operations

by Gordon R. Woodcock, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Brent Sherwood, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Patricia A. Buddington, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Leona C. Bares, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Rolfe Folsom, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Jack Lousma, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
Robert Mah, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,
William Red Whittaker, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II

Abstract: Major results of a study (RLSO, 89) applying automation and robotics to lunar surface base buildup and operations concepts are reported. The study developed a reference base scenario with specific goals, equipment concepts, robot concepts, activity schedules and buildup manifests. It examined crew roles, contingency cases and system reliability, and proposed a set of technologies appropriate and necessary for effective lunar operations. This paper refers readers to four companion papers for quantitative details where appropriate.

Subject Headings: Robotics | Space construction | Automation | System reliability | Moon | Human factors | Scheduling

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