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Accession Number N20130001877
Title Robotic Sample Manipulator for Handling Astromaterials Inside the Geolab Microgravity Glovebox.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 2p
Personal Author C. A. Evans F. Porter L. Wang M. J. Calaway M. S. Bell R. Dahiwala S. Tong Y. Zhong Z. Li
Abstract Future human and robotic sample return missions will require isolation containment systems with strict protocols and procedures for reducing inorganic and organic contamination. Robotic handling and manipulation of astromaterials may be required for preliminary examination inside such an isolation containment system. In addition, examination of astromaterials in microgravity will require constant contact to secure samples during manipulation. The National Space Grant Foundation exploration habitat (XHab) academic innovative challenge 2012 administered through the NASA advanced exploration systems (AES) deep space habitat (DSH) project awarded funding to the University of Bridgeport team to develop an engineering design for tools to facilitate holding and handling geological samples for analysis in a microgravity glovebox environment. The Bridgeport XHab team developed a robotic arm system with a three-finger gripper that could manipulate geologic samples within the existing GeoLab glovebox integrated into NASA's DSH called the GeoLab Robotic Sample Manipulator (see fig. 1 and 2). This hardware was deployed and tested during the 2012 DSH mission operations tests.
Keywords Contamination
Deep space
End effectors
Robot arms
Sample return missions
Space exploration

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, TX. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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