Haptics-2:  Real-time teleoperation experiment conducted by crew from Space to control robotic components on Earth with force-feedback (ESA-Haptics-2) - 04.19.17

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Haptics-2 is a technology demonstration experiment aimed at validating control interactions to take place between space and ground. In particular, this experiment allows for an astronaut crew in space to control, in real-time, robotic assets on Earth, using force feedback. The operational experience gained from Haptics-2 could be vital for future exploration missions beyond Earth orbit, where astronauts would be able to control robotic assets to maximize scientific operations on Mars, asteroids, and other exploration targets.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Andre Schiele, Ph.D., European Space Agency, Germany

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
T. Krueger, ESA
M. Aiple, ESA
F. Van Den Hulst, ESA
J. Rebelo, ESA
J. Smisek, ESA
E. den Exter, ESA
S. Kimmer, ESA

Developer(s)
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, Netherlands

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
March 2015 - September 2015; March 2016 - September 2016

Expeditions Assigned
43/44,47/48

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

Haptics-2:  Real-time teleoperation experiment conducted by crew from Space to control robotic components on Earth with force-feedback (ESA Haptics-2) consists of 2 independent experiment protocols, aimed at (1) quantifying the performance characteristics of the two different communication channels between space and ground (pre-test), and (2) aimed at demonstrating for the first time real bilateral teleoperation with force-feedback to take place between space and ground through both communication links.
 
The first protocol is purely software based, i.e. it will measure and characterize the detailed delay and jitter characteristics of both communication links between both end-point computers (i.e. between a computer installed at the Columbus module and a computer at the robotic test site at ESTEC in the Netherlands).
 
The second protocol is a technology demonstration suite in which a crew member performs very simple teleoperation tasks remotely operated from space. The tasks are carried out via both communication links to confirm validity of the control system approach for both cases.

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Operations

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Imagery

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NASA Image: ISS043E279223 - Photographic documentation taken during ESA-HAPTICS-2 activities to update the the 1-DOF and Tablet PC software using a USB Flashdrive in the Columbus module. ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti works with the hardware.

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NASA Image: ISS043E280711 - Photographic documentation taken during ESA-HAPTICS-2 setup in the Columbus module.

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NASA Image: ISS043E280721 - Photographic documentation taken during ESA-HAPTICS-2 setup in the Columbus module. Astronaut Terry Virts uses the hardware.

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NASA Image: ISS044E049170 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui performs an On-Board Training (OBT), then sets up and executes two protocols for the Haptics-2 experiment.

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NASA Image: ISS043E279212 - Photographic documentation taken during ESA-HAPTICS-2 activities to update the the 1-DOF and Tablet PC software using a USB Flashdrive in the Columbus module. ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti works with the hardware.

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NASA Image: ISS050E037304 - ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet works with controls for the ESA-Haptics-2 experiment aboard the ISS.

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