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Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System
August 16, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed a robotic simulation manipulator system for basic robotics training. The Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System (BORIS) is an introductory robotics training system for flight crews, flight controllers, and robotics instructors. BORIS offers forward and inverse kinematic algorithms to simulate joint and end-effector motion, together with a multi-body dynamics model, moving object contact model, and X-windows based graphical user interfaces. The only hardware components of the system are a computer and a special hand controller. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.


  • Generic: Offers basic robotics training without the need for students to have specialized system knowledge
  • Integrated: Incorporates features of the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) and the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), without students having to train on either specific system


  • Aerospace robotics training
  • Operators of a variety of robotics systems in industry and medicine

Licensing and Partnering Opportunity

This technology is being made available through JSC's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA's technology transfer program, please contact:

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
NASA's Johnson Space Center
Phone: 281-483-3809
E-mail: jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov

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