Tele-robotics

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Introduction

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Manufacturing

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Hazardous Environments

Dextre

Dextre at Work

Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), is a two armed robot, or telemanipulator, which is part of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS), and extends the function of this system to replace some activities otherwise requiring spacewalks. It was launched March 11, 2008 on mission STS-123. Dextre is part of Canada's contribution to the ISS and is named to represent its dexterous nature. It is sometimes also referred to as the Canada Hand, by analogy with the Canadarm and Canadarm2 (NASA, 2012) [1]






TEODor Heavy Duty EOD Robot

TEODor Heavy Duty EOD Robot

Some of the most promising uses for multiple robot systems involve searching for items or resources in unconstrained and unknown environments. The use of robots to dispose of unexploded ordnance is an excellent example of one such application.

TEODor is a heavy-duty Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot. Its unique features include a programmable six-axis manipulator, an additional linear axis, automatic tool exchange, an integrated diagnostic system and parallel operation of up to five disruptors (Telerob, 2012) [2].








Space Exploration

The Mars Exploration Rovers

Marsrover

The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Technologies for autonomous planetary mobility enable the rovers to make decisions and avoid hazards on their own. New path-planning software has helped the rovers avoid mission barriers. When rocks are unavoidable, the inherited suspension system allows for easier maneuverability (Marsrovers, 2012) [3].






Other

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References

  1. NASA website http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition26/dextre_firstjob.html.
  2. Telerob website http://www.army-technology.com/contractors/mines/telerob/
  3. Mars Rovers website http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/technology/is_autonomous_mobility.html