November 23, 2010. S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Korolev, Moscow region
The Scientific experiment Kontur conducted onboard the International Space Station by the Russian and German specialists has been successfully completed. The experiment purpose was to develop and study methods for safe control of remote robotic devices (RRD) via the public networks with regard to the unpredictable time delays characteristic of such networks. To carry out this experiment, the ROKVISS hardware was used. It was developed by German Space Agency DLR and delivered to the ISS in 2003.
Specialists of RSC Energia, TsNII of Robotics and Engineering Cybernetics and German Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (DLR-RM) participated in conducting the Kontur experiment.
On November 15, 2010 during EVA cosmonauts Fedor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka disassembled the Robotic used in the scope of the experiment from the external surface of the Station for its further return to the ground. The Robotic onboard the Station, which was controlled by signals from the ground, performed a number of technological operations, mainly related to the test of the force moment control (when the Robotic operator can feel resistance experienced by the Robotic arm).
After the Robotic return to the ground it will be inspected to study the effects of the long-term hardware exposure to space factors.
The experiment continuation will be a check of the capabilities to control robots on the ground from space orbit. For this purpose, the followill will be delivered to the ISS next year: a joystick and a laptop with the help of which a cosmonaut onboard the ISS will provide the robot control on the ground.
In continuation of the experiment the anthropomorphous robot developed by German specialists as well as a robot prototype for future space manipulators of "serpentine" structure consisting of many joints will be used.
Press service of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia and TsNII of Robotics and Engineering Cybernetics