ROKVISS (Robotic Component Verification on the ISS) involves a 50 cm long robotic arm with two joints, one metallic finger, and two video cameras. The purpose of this experiment is to test and demonstrate various robotic technologies and operating procedures under actual space flight conditions. This arm was launched to the ISS in December 2004 and subsequently installed on the exterior of the Russian Service Module Zvezda. This experiment is mainly conducted under automatic control. However, whenever the ISS is in range of the German ground site in Southern Germany, this robotic demonstrator is also controlled via remote guidance by an operator in the DLR Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics using a direct S-band radio frequency link between ROKVISS and a DLR ground station.Principal Investigator(s)
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingResearch Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
October 2004 - April 2008Expeditions Assigned
10,11,12,13,14,16Previous ISS Missions
Mounting of the manipulator facility monoblock ROBOTIK and transceiver with antenna on the mechanical adapter (TM/TC unit) outside the ISS RS Service Module Zvezda on the universal worksite during egress into space. Mounting of OBC unit (control computer) inside the pressurized compartment of the ISS RS Service Module Zvezda. Conduct of experiment sessions in the remote presence mode. ISS and Earth imagery.
Information PendingEarth Applications
Information PendingOperational Protocols
Rokviss hardware consisting of: Manipulator facility monoblock ROBOTIK. Transceiver with antenna on the mechanical adapter, onboard computer OBC, accessories kit, cable set.
ROKVISS hardware operation data (temperature, voltage) downlinked via TM/TC unit. Pictures made by using a stereo system and video camera located on the manipulator facility hinge transmitted to the ground.