ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper TuP207.1

Diftler, Myron (NASA Johnson Space Center), Mehling, Joshua (NASA), Abdallah, Muhammad (General Motors R&D), Radford, Nicolaus (NASA), Bridgwater, Lyndon (NASA), Sanders, Adam (General Motors), Askew, Roger, Scott (NASA), Linn, Marty (General Motors), Yamokoski, John (NASA/JSC), Permenter, Frank (Oceaneering Space Systems), Hargrave, Brian (Oceaneering Space Systems), Platt, Robert (MIT), ROBERT, NASA/JSC (106886), Robert, NASA Johnson Space Center ()

Robonaut 2 Ė the First Humanoid Robot in Space

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Space Robotics" (TuP207), Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 15:25−15:40, Room 5B

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Space Robotics, Humanoid Robots


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 valuable tool for astronauts. Upgrades include: increased force sensing, greater range of motion, higher bandwidth, and improved dexterity. R2ís integrated mechatronic design results in a more compact and robust distributed control system with a fraction of the wiring of the original Robonaut. Modularity is prevalent throughout the hardware and software along with innovative and layered approaches for sensing and control. The most important aspects of the Robonaut philosophy are clearly present in this latest modelís ability to allow comfortable human interaction and in its design to perform significant work using the same hardware and interfaces used by people. The following describes the mechanisms, integrated electronics, control strategies, and user interface that make R2 a promising addition to the Space Station and other environments where humanoid robots can assist people.



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