Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

ESA astronaut drives rover from low-Earth orbit

RATE THIS! +21
Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:52 AM by AlexMuller

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen has successfully driven an Earth-based rover whilst orbiting at a height of 400 km aboard the International Space Station. The control system used a sophisticated form of force-feedback that allowed Mogensen to determine when the rover's robotic arm met resistance.

 

The technology has the potential to be used in a number of roles both in space and back on Earth, possibly taking human workers out of harms way. The Interact Centaur rover used for the experiment was designed and constructed as part of a collaboration between ESA engineers and graduate students from the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands.

 

The rover sports a 4 X 4 design, a camera "head" and two highly-dexterous robotic arms equipped with force-feedback sensors with which to manipulate the target object. The rover is also equipped with a host of proximity sensors and an arm laser to aid with depth perception

 
The test, which took place on Sept. 7 at the agency's Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory in the Netherlands, saw the rover make two approaches to a task board, retrieve a metal peg and insert it into a round hole with only only a sixth of a millimeter of clearance in order to complete an electrical connection.
 
"He had never operated the rover before but its controls turned out to be very intuitive" states André Schiele, of ESA’s Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory. "Andreas took 45 minutes to reach the task board and then insert the pin on his first attempt, and less than 10 minutes on his follow-up attempt, showing a very steep learning curve."
 
In order for the force-feedback to be a success, sophisticated software had to be used to combat a time lag of nearly a second, placing pilot and rover in perfect sync in spite of the signal having to navigate a convoluted 144,000-km (89,477-mile) journey.
 
Whilst this may seem like a minor achievement on first glance, the accuracy of the force-feedback control system could be the first step down a road that could see astronauts orbiting Mars taking direct control of rovers on the surface of the Red Planet. ESA also envisions using the technology as a part of its effort to clean up low Earth orbit, and even aid in the construction of installations on the Moon, but its applications need not be limited to space.

Tags: spaceISSrobothardwareorbitspace stationESA

Read original article » Back to category

Comments



 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-23 21:29:30
    A brain-computer interface for controlling VR with your mind..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-23 21:17:44
    One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption..read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-23 21:12:51
    Old blood can be made young again and it might fight aging..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:41:30
    'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:36:45
    Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me