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JRM Vol.12 No.4 pp. 443-445
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2000.p0443
(2000)

Paper:

AI, Robotics and Automation in Space

Ichiro Nakatani

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, 3-1-1, Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510, Japan

Received:
December 20, 1999
Accepted:
April 20, 2000
Published:
August 20, 2000
Keywords:
Space robotics, AI in space, Automation in space
Abstract

Recently, AI, robotics and automation in space, referred to in a general term as “space robotics” in this paper, are playing increasingly more important roles for ground support, LEO satellites and planetary probes. In deep space missions, however, space robotics is a “must” due to the radio propagation delay and a poor communication link between the spacecraft and Earth. A typical example for robotics for planetary exploration is an autonomous rover that moves around on the surface of planetary bodies and conducts scientific investigations. A new infrastructure called ROBUST is proposed, which stands for ROBotized Unmanned Station. ROBUST is the space station that will be constructed, maintained and expanded by robotic technology completely without human presence in orbit.

Cite this article as:
Ichiro Nakatani, “AI, Robotics and Automation in Space,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.12, No.4, pp. 443-445, 2000.
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