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The Multi-purpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network (METERON) investigation examines the operational and technical capability to remotely control robots on Earth by astronauts in orbit using the space internet. This investigation serves as a precursor and proof of concept for future human exploration scenarios including immersive remote control of a robot by an astronaut in orbit around a target object, such as Mars or the Moon.

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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

  • Kim Nergaard

  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
  • Kathy Laurini, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States
  • Terry Fong, Ph.D., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
  • Adrian Hooke, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States
  • A. Schiele, Germany
  • P. Schoonejans, Netherlands
  • F.B. D. Frescheville, Germany
  • William Carey, Erasmus User Centre & Communication Office, Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • Jan Dettmann, European Space Research and Technology Research Centre, Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • Charles Taylor, Claremont, CA, United States
  • K. Landzettel, Germany

  • Developer(s)
    European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, , Netherlands

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    European Space Agency (ESA)

    Sponsoring Organization
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    Research Benefits
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    ISS Expedition Duration
    September 2012 - March 2015

    Expeditions Assigned

    Previous ISS Missions
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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • The Multi-purpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network (METERON) aims at simulating selected future Human exploration scenarios including immersive remote control of a robot by an astronaut in orbit around a target object (such as Mars or the Moon). A crew member will control the ESA test rover located at ESOC (Germany) in near real time. That will be the first time a rover on Earth is controlled by a human from space.

    • To act as a test-bed, providing end-to-end in-orbit demonstration of potential future exploration operations scenarios involving robots and humans.

    • To validate the concept of real-time bi-lateral control of a robot on a planetary surface, from a manned orbiter, by human operators in fully immersed telepresence.

    • To perform further In-Orbit Testing and validation of novel communication techniques, such as Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) concepts and technologies.

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    Space Applications

    METERON experiments will support the implementation of a space internet, examine the benefits of controlling surface robots in real time from an orbiter – without going there yourself - and investigate how best to explore a planet through a human-robotic partnership.

    Earth Applications

    METERON will develop exoskeleton technologies which can be applied terrestrially in the medical field for the rehabilitation of patients. The tele-operation techniques developed for METERON can be used on Earth for tele-medicine as well as for operating robots in dangerous environments, e.g. handling of radioactive material or, in an off-nominal case, to work in a nuclear power plant after a contamination.

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    Operational Requirements

    This investigation uses the following components either during performance of the real-time remote control operations: T61P laptop with DTN bootable DVD, ESA EDR laptop plate and bogen arm, ESA EDR 16 VDC and 120 VDC power cables, ESA Cobalt power brick, NASA MSG Laptop Computer (MLC) Ethernet External Cable, ESA COL VCA with bogen arm and the NASA G1 CAMCORDER with bogen arm.

    Operational Protocols
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    Results/More Information

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    Related Websites
    ESA METERON Project (Animation)

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    A potential Mars exploration high level architecture

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    Mars could be explored by orbiting astronauts using telepresence (Image: NASA/GSFC) 

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