Category Archive: Video

WVRTC & Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. Test Robotic Drilling

WV Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) partnered with Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. to perform a series of robotic drilling procedures in pursuit of advancing autonomous robotic drilling and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) technologies. The video showcases Honeybee’s Rancor drill performing core recovery of gypsum and limestone samples when controlled by a 7 degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator located at the WV Robotic Technology Center. …

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WVRTC Tests NASA JPL’s Microspine Tool for Robotic Asteroid Capture

A unique prototype tool designed for rock manipulation is NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Microspine gripping tool.  The tool uses a unique strategy which combines probability and friction to conform to a flat or curved rock surface and clinch to its target. Intrigued by this concept and seeing the potential of the tool’s capability when connected to the end of …

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NASA GSFC and WVRTC Compliance Testing

NASA GSFC is developing compliance control for the robotic operations related to the autonomous capture of space assets.  A compliant robot response to force and torque inputs is needed when testing capture contact dynamics. Variations to the laws also include a dynamic robot response that mimics the way an space system would respond to a contacting force in a zero-gravity environment.   The video shows the first …

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Sensor Performance Testing

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3D Visual Servo of Dynamic Target

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Zero-G Flight Experiment: Visual Servo

NASA scientists, engineers, and researchers use the reduced gravity environment in the Zero-G aircraft to test space-flight hardware, space craft components, and space-flight procedures.  A reduced gravity environment inside the cabin is created as the plane flies a parabolic path while controlling the acceleration parameter. In July 2011, WVRTC and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center …

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First Visual Servoing

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JHU Remote MLI Cutting Operation

WVRTC has extended a subcontract to Johns Hopkins University to leverage their expertise in teleoperations for medical surgery.  One may question how this relates to the research objectives of NASA and WVRTC towards robotic research for satellite servicing technology.  Certain satellite servicing tasks will involve teleoperated procedures for satellite repair and refueling.  The operator controlling these operations from the ground is faced with a …

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