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Astronauts and Robots 2015: Jeff Grant, Northrop Grumman


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American Astronautical Society, Astronauts and Robots: Partners in Space Exploration, May 12-13, 2015 -

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Astronauts and Robots 2015: Jeff Grant, Northrop Grumman

  1. 1. Charting a Course for the Future of Robotics in Space Jeff Grant Vice President & General Manager Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  2. 2. Human Focused Purely Robotic TIME Aircraft Unmanned Systems: • Mitigate danger • Lower costs • Increase endurance • Remove physical limitations Space Systems • Costs • Complexity • Danger • System limitations Manufacturing & Assembly • Removes human error in production • Reduces injury from repetitive activities • Eliminates human exposure to manufacturing dangers • Achieves affordability
  3. 3. 3 Triton & Global Hawk: Truly Autonomous UCAS X-47B: Autonomous Carrier Operations & inflight refueling today
  4. 4. Robotic F-35 Fuselage Assembly Stations Photo Credit: John R. Chew, Medical Photograhper, WRNMMCBethesda
  5. 5. Earth The Moon Hubble L4 L2
  6. 6. • Incremental assembly enables early utility • Progressively evolved enlarged mirrors increases capability Hubble Space Telescope James Webb Space Telescope 2.3 m dia. 6.3 m dia. ~20 m dia
  7. 7. • Reduces exposure to atmosphere, moisture and gravity • Avoids launch loads • Remove size restrictions On Orbit Manufacturing & Assembly All Robotic in Situ Production Human / Robotic in Situ Production Mix
  8. 8. Human Focused Purely Robotic TIME • Use of robotics in space is accelerating due to: - Significant investments in robotics that are converging in Aircraft, Medical systems and Manufacturing & Assembly arenas and are being leveraged by space - Mission requirements - Affordability