25 October 2004 Human-robotic exploration of space and enabling technologies
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Following on recent robotic exploration of Mars by twin Exploration Rovers (MER), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now moving into a new program of human-robotic (H-R) exploration. This “National Space Vision” was introduced in January 2004 by the US White House. The range of such exploration spans the inner planets and Earth moon, to outer planets, their moons and small bodies. Applicable systems and technologies include autonomous mobile robots operating on-and-near solar system bodies, telerobotic servicers, and ultimately, H-R work crews operating at lower and higher gravitational libration points as well as sustaining outposts on lunar and planetary bodies. In this invited talk, we give a brief technical perspective on the evolution from robotic to H-R space exploration.
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Paul S. Schenker, "Human-robotic exploration of space and enabling technologies", Proc. SPIE 5608, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.580134; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.580134
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