AI, Robotics and Automation in Space
The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, 3-1-1, Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510, Japan
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.
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