Robotic Component Verification on the ISS: Verification of Lightweight Robotic Hinge Elements in Space (ROKVISS) - 11.22.16

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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.
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The following content was provided by A. V. Markov, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
A. V. Markov, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Russia

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Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
October 2004 - April 2007; October 2007 - April 2008

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Experiment Description

Research Overview
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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.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Rokviss hardware consisting of: Manipulator facility monoblock ROBOTIK. Transceiver with antenna on the mechanical adapter, onboard computer OBC, accessories kit, cable set.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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.

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Related Websites
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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image Transceiver with antenna on the mechanical adapter, onboard computer OBC, accessories kit, cable set.
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