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The Johnson Space Center has developed a new mobile manipulation system with the combination of a Robonaut upper body mounted onto a Segway mobile base. The objective is to study a fluid and coordinated control of dexterous limbs on a mobile robot. The system has been demonstrated interacting with people, tools, and urban interfaces built for humans. Human(More)
NASA and General Motors have developed the second generation Robonaut, Robonaut 2 or R2, and it is scheduled to arrive on the International Space Station in early 2011 and undergo initial testing by mid-year. This state of the art, dexterous, anthropomorphic robotic torso has significant technical improvements over its predecessor making it a far more(More)
Virtual environment (VE) technology was used to construct a model of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and those elements that were replaced or serviced during the December, 1993 repair and maintenance mission conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The VE also included the payload bay of the Space Shuttle and the fixtures used(More)
Expert systems have demonstrated commercial viability in a wide range of applications, but still face some obstacles to widespread use. A major stumbling block is the lack of well-defined verification and validation (V&V) techniques. The primary difficulty with expert system V&V is the use of development methodologies which do not support V&V. As with(More)
1 This position paper argues that a concerted national effort to develop technologies for robotic service applications is critical and timely—targeting research on integrated systems for mobility and manual dexterity. This technology provides critical support for several important emerging markets, including: health care; service and repair of orbiting(More)
Humanoid class robots must have sufficient dexterity to assist people and work in an environment designed for human comfort and productivity. This dexterity, in particular the ability to use tools, requires a cognitive unde rstanding of self and the world that exceeds contemporary robotics. Our hypothesis is that the sense-think-act paradigm that has proven(More)
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