Advanced EVA Roadmaps and Requirements 2001-01-2200
A wide range of solutions can be theorized for the architectures, technologies and operations concepts of advanced EVA systems for future space and planetary applications. This paper reports on the status of the latest advanced EVA roadmaps and ongoing work to capture and refine an initial set of candidate requirements. A brief summary of related research and development is also presented. The end goal is a cost effective, safe and resource efficient integrated system that enables work in a diversity of environments at multiple destinations. A balance of cooperative efforts between humans and automated/robotic devices is envisioned to maximize productivity and safety in remote locations. The challenges ahead to be addressed will reflect past lessons learned and visionary new solutions. This information is intended to provide credible and useful guidance for those involved in the eventual implementation, validation and utilization of an advanced EVA system.