A Robotics Testbed for In-Space Assembly Tasks

by John Blanco, Univ of Colorado, United States,
Jack Faber, Univ of Colorado, United States,
Nick Wilde, Univ of Colorado, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The operations testbed of the Center for Space Construction at the University of Colorado is described. This testbed serves as a centralized testing environment for interdisciplinary research in the problems of construction and assembly in space. The three main components are described: NoPumpG - a flexible user interface system; OASIS (Operations and Science Instrument Support) - a teleoperations package; and a SCORBOT robot with its associated assembly mock-ups. Finally, integration efforts involving all three components and some on-going robotics assembly tasks using the robotics testbed are described.

Subject Headings: Robotics | Space construction | Graphic methods | High-rise buildings | Colleges and universities | Automation | Computer software | Construction management

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