[ISDC2006] Another Idea for ISDC - NASA Announces Telerobotic Construction Competition

Spaceman Sam sam.coniglio at gmail.com
Tue Dec 13 13:08:15 EST 2005


It would be good to have a robotics presence at the conference.  In
fact, for the space tourism session, we will have a representative
from the robotics community talk about the future of robotics and how
bots could make life in space safer and easier.

Living in space is a challenge.  We should have a strong
representation of what robotics are like in the commercial world
(RoboSapiens, iRobot, Sony Aibo, Honda Asimo) along with hobbyists
(Battlebots) and NASA (Robonaut, Personal Satellite Assistant) and get
these folks to interact with private and government space groups.

On 12/13/05, pcojanis <pcojanis at ureach.com> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I have included an Article for the NASA Telerobotic Construction
> Competition.(See below)  Why I think this is relevant is because
> Ivor is working with another group doing Robotic competitions,
> and I know that we could somehow establish a link with the two
> and have at something at ISDC.
> The Idea is to get NASA and the Spaceward Foundation to have
> some type of formal event at our conference regarding the
> Competition and to maybe also get Ivor's group to participate.
> Not in an actual robotic competion event at the conference (too
> ambitious and to little time), but have some level of a
> presentation from NASA about the program, maybe an exhibit and
> demonstration, or even a workshop if they are interested.
> Does everyone think this is something worth following up?
> How do you think we should proceed with this?
> Ivor is this something you can take a deeper look into and it
> could be beneficial to your other robotic project work?
> Philip Cojanis
> (310) 699-7906
> pcojanis at ureach.com
> Article Start
> _____________________________________________________________
> WASHINGTON--- NASA Announces Telerobotic Construction
> Competition
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> NASA's Centennial Challenges program office, in collaboration
> with the Spaceward Foundation, Mountain View, Calif., announced
> the new Telerobotic Construction Challenge. The competition
> awards $250,000 to teams to develop technologies enabling robots
> to perform complex tasks with minimal human intervention.
>    "The Telerobotic Challenge may directly affect how
> exploration is conducted on the moon," said NASA's Associate
> Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate,
> Scott Horowitz. "If the Challenge can successfully demonstrate
> the remote assembly of simple and complex structures, many
> aspects of exploration in general will be affected for the
> better."
>    This Challenge will be conducted in an arena containing
> scattered structural building blocks. The task is to assemble
> the structure using multiple robotic agents remotely controlled
> by humans. The operators may only see and talk to the robots
> through communications' equipment that simulates Earth-moon time
> delays and restrictions. The robots must be smart enough to work
> together with only intermittent human direction to be
> successful.
>    "The Telerobotic Construction Challenge is directly linked to
> NASA's focus on lunar exploration," said Brant Sponberg, NASA's
> Centennial Challenges program manager. "Spaceward has shown
> their capability to conduct a successful prize competition, and
> we look to them to help advance this new technology."
>    NASA's Centennial Challenges promotes technical innovation
> through a novel program of prize competitions. It is designed to
> tap the nation's ingenuity to make revolutionary advances to
> support the Vision for Space Exploration and agency goals. The
> Exploration Systems Mission Directorate manages the program.
>    "Spaceward is pleased to expand on our prior collaboration
> with NASA to conduct this competition," said Spaceward
> President, Metzada Shelef. "Because of the high degree of
> student interest in robotics, it is a great fit with our mission
> to advance space science and technology in educational
> curriculums."
>    The competition takes place over two years, the first in
> August 2007. Competition rules will be finalized in early 2006.
> For information about Centennial Challenges on the Web, visit:
>    centennialchallenges.nasa.gov/
>    For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web,
> visit:
>    www.nasa.gov/home
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