Satellite Servicing through Space Telepresence 821499
The re-emergence of interest in onorbit satellite servicing is evident by the increased relevant activities by potential space users. This new interest could be attributed to the explosion in all robotics technology areas or the increases in overall space program costs. Either is substantial in itself but may provide a synergistic benefit when considered together. This paper presents a new look at an old subject with a prime objective of using emerging state-of-the-art technology to hold down program cost projections. Program constraints include using current state-of-the-art and telepresence control from a ground control station with minimum implementation of automation. The space system proposed for this application consisted of a Remote Orbital Servicing System (ROSS) with manipulator arms, viewing cameras, and a replacement module stowage rack; and a ground control station with stereo viewing and two 6~degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) hand controllers.