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The Ranger Robotic Satellite Servicer and Its Autonomous Software-Based Safety System
September/October 2004 (vol. 19 no. 5)
pp. 12-19
Stephen Roderick, University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory
Brian Roberts, University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory
Ella Atkins, University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory
Dave Akin, University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory
The authors describe the Ranger robotic system and its autonomous hazard control system, which is designed to meet the stringent criteria imposed on space shuttle payloads. This article summarizes tests performed to date, particularly regarding the safety system, and describes ongoing work to apply Ranger technologies with higher autonomy levels to new robotic systems, including an ambitious project to autonomously collect geologic and biologic samples around hydrothermal vents under the Arctic icecap.
Index Terms:
Ranger Robotic Satellite Servicer, Autonomous safety system
Citation:
Stephen Roderick, Brian Roberts, Ella Atkins, Dave Akin, "The Ranger Robotic Satellite Servicer and Its Autonomous Software-Based Safety System," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 12-19, Sept.-Oct. 2004, doi:10.1109/MIS.2004.53
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