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GRASP Special Seminar: Trey Smith, NASA, “Astrobee: Next-Generation Free Flyers for Space Station”

August 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Astrobees are next-generation free-flying robots that will operate in the interior of the International Space Station (ISS) alongside astronauts. Their primary purpose is to provide a flexible platform for research on zero-g freeflying robotics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of future research payloads and guest science software. They will also serve utility functions: as free-flying cameras to record video of astronaut activities, and as mobile sensor platforms to conduct surveys of the ISS. This talk will cover aspects of the Astrobee design, how they will be operated, and how guest scientists can use the platform for their own research.


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Trey Smith is the technical lead for the Astrobee Project in the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. Trey’s research interests include autonomous planning under uncertainty, robotic navigation, multi-robot coordination, human-robot interaction, and tools for mission planning, team situation awareness, and data analysis and visualization. He has applied these technologies to systems ranging from robotic exploration in extreme environments, to disaster response, and most recently to the International Space Station.


August 9, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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