1370. Role of Teleoperators in Space Structures Technology


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A K Bejczy: 1370. Role of Teleoperators in Space Structures Technology. 1980.



Generic issues related to the application of teleoperators for handling, assembly and servicing operations in space are briefly examined. The issues derive from the nature of the orbital environment and from the mechanical characteristics of orbital structures. To cope with new requirements, teleoperator technology needs advancements in the areas of mechanisms, sensors, controls and man-machine interface. The ongoing advanced teleoperator technology development work at JPL is briefly described. The work includes new types of sensors, sensor and computer aided controls, graphic displays, and generalized kinesthetic man-machine coupling. Performance experiments are briefly summarized, including a proximity sensor system application to a Space Shuttle size manipulator.


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