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Mark Micire: "Smart SPHERES: Android-powered, free-flying space robots" | Talks at Google

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Published on Nov 30, 2012

"NASA is using Nexus S phones on the International Space Station as an upgrade for a trio of volleyball-sized SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The SPHERES were originally developed by MIT for testing spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control algorithms in space. The Android-powered phones transform the SPHERES from test platforms into free-flying robots that can perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage.

In this talk, I will describe how the Intelligent Robotics Group
(http://irg.arc.nasa.gov) at NASA Ames modified and certified stock Nexus S phones for use on the Space Station. This involved hacking the hardware and destructively testing several units. I will also show video and data that we captured from operating the phones in space. Finally, I will talk about the
software we have written to remotely operate the Smart SPHERES from Mission Control in Houston.

http://www.nasa.gov/telerobotics
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/0..."

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