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WVRTC Students to Participate in NASA JSC’s Micro-G NExT Program

Micro-G NExT test site in the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Lab This Monday kicks off the annual Micro-G Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (NExT) program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. An undergraduate student team with West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) members will be represented by Sean Lantto, Matt Morrow …

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WVRTC Continues WV STEM Outreach Program

The West Virginia Robotic Technology Center’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach Program continued its tour of WV with stops at Greenbrier East and Williamstown high schools.  The tour aims to inform students on the importance of STEM disciplines and the growth of WV to host technical careers. At Greenbrier East High School, Dr. …

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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 and NASA Personnel Visit Underground Mine Site

Roof bolting is a unique procedure used in underground coal mining to secure mined areas and passages from collapsing and creating catastrophic disasters.   Roof bolting has been refined and streamlined over decades of use to quickly instill safety and optimize coal harvesting operations. Personnel from the WV Robotic Technology Center and NASA GSFC & …

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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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Robotic Refueling Mission

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Autonomous Capture Testing Continues at WVRTC

Autonomous capture testing and evaluation of the WVRTC machine vision algorithms continue as the deadline to deliver a simulated capture in a ground-based setting nears.  The WVRTC engineers have been working tirelessly to prepare an autonomous capture system to replicate on ground the grapple and docking phase of a satellite capture procedure in geostationary orbit. …

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Visits WVRTC

Image: Dr. Thomas Evans (right), NASA research program manager and West Virginia University research assistant professor, shows U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (left) and Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the work being done in the space robotics services lab during a tour of the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont on …

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Dr. Marani Presents at ICRA in Minneapolis

Members of the WVRTC research team; Dr. Thomas Evans and Dr. Giacomo Marani attended the International  Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Minneapolis, MN on May 14, 2012. Dr. Marani presented:  “Advances in Autonomous Underwater Intervention“,  Abstract: “This presentation will survey robotic systems developed for autonomous underwater intervention. Underwater systems for intervention have many …

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WVRTC Completes Quarterly Status Review

On February 14th, WVRTC hosted a status review  which was highlighted by live demonstrations from  WVRTC and  Johns Hopkins University.  Attending the event were representatives from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Alliant TechSystems (ATK).   A distinguished guest was former Astronaut Scott Altman. The demonstrations showcased  the latest advancements in machine vision autonomous capture algorithms …

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