Testing Astronaut-Controlled Surface Robots from the International Space Station



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are currently developing robots that can be remotely operated on planetary surfaces by astronauts in orbiting spacecraft. The primary objective of this work is to test and demonstrate crew-controlled communications, operations, and telerobotic technologies that are needed for future deep space human exploration missions. Specifically, NASA’s “Human Exploration Telerobotics” (HET) project and ESA’s “Multi-Purpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network” (METERON) project are complementary initiatives that aim to validate these technologies through a range of ground and flight experiments with humans and robots in the loop.

In this Webinar, we summarize the tests that have been done to date, describe the tests that are being prepared for flight, and discuss future directions for our work.


Terry Fong
Ph.D. Director
Intelligent Robotics Group
NASA Ames Research Center

Philippe Schoonejans
Head of Robotics
European Space Agency

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