[robotics-worldwide] IEEE ICRA 2012 Workshop: Robotic Satellite Servicing

Craig R. Carignan craigc at ssl.umd.edu
Sat Mar 24 13:23:48 PDT 2012

ICRA 2012 WORKSHOP:  Robotic Satellite Servicing
Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

March 31, 2012:  Early Registration Deadline
May 14, 2012:  Workshop (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM)

As satellites and spacecraft near the end of their expected lifetime, many begin to incur failures in key components, expend their attitude control fuel, or reach computer obsolescence.  Moreover, many satellites suffer post-launch mishaps, including failed deployment of solar arrays and electronic failures of critical components that lead to mission failure.  A free-flying spacecraft with an integral robotic front-end capable of reaching satellites in geosynchronous or low earth orbit would provide a valuable asset in addressing these failures.  Satellite servicing could take advantage of recent advances in mobile manipulation in order to dock or “berth” to the target vehicle and then perform servicing tasks with a manipulator such as visual inspection, replacing failed components, deploying stuck solar arrays, and refueling tanks with liquid propellant.  This full-day workshop will bring together international researchers in the fields of space and servicing robotics to exchange ideas in key enabling technology areas and to identify gaps in existing research required to mature the technology.  The long-term goal is to create a path forward for satellite servicing utilizing lessons learned from remotely operated vehicles currently deployed in land, sea, air and space applications.

· flight manipulator technologies
· robotic servicing end-effector and tools
· underwater and neutral buoyancy simulation
· relative navigation and sensor systems for satellite capture
· pose estimation from camera data
· ground and microgravity servicing tasks experiments
· satellite servicing technology development
· autonomous rendezvous and docking
· supervisory and autonomous control
· space robotic systems

· Glen Henshaw, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
· Brian Roberts, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
· Hans Thomas, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
· David Akin, University of Maryland, USA
· Kevin Miller, Ball Aerospace Inc., USA
· Alvar Saenz-Otero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
· Mitsushige Oda, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan
· Seamus Tuohy, C. S. Draper Laboratory, USA
· Roberto Lampariello, German Space Center (DLR), Germany
· John Ringelberg, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, USA
· Nicolaus Radford, NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, USA
· Sean Dougherty, MDA-Information Systems, USA
· Giacomo Marani, West Virginia University Research Center, USA

Robotics researchers primarily working in the fields of space robotics, manipulator dynamics and control, modeling, telerobotics, and autonomy.  Industry engineers and other researchers interested in the exploitation of research results from applications in mobile manipulation, pose estimation, rendezvous and docking, dynamic manipulation, and universal end effectors.

· Craig Carignan, Space Systems Laboratory, University of Maryland
· Wendell Chun, University of Denver
· Giacomo Marani, West Virginia University Research Center



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