Tuneable autonomy and human interfaces for free-flying servicing vehicles

A. Roger, T. Welsh, C.R. McInnes, Mohammed S. El-Genk (Editor)

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Future mission applications for on-orbit servicing vehicles include inspection and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS) and future crewed deep space missions. The use of robotic servicing vehicles is seen as a key requirement to significantly reduce total human EVA hours for such applications. A necessary technology for these vehicles is the provision of automated mission and trajectory planning tools and suitable human-machine interfaces. This paper will explore new methods for such automation along with approaches to blend autonomy and human control in a seamless manner. These methods have been applied to a range of vehicles including the Daimler-Chrysler ISS Inspector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of AIP Space Technology and Applications International Forum/Staif, Space Exploration and Transportation - Journey into the Future
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • spacecraft
  • guidance systems
  • international space station
  • robots
  • trajectory planning


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