We are fundraising for our HASP 2018 travel.
Our experiment for HASP tests the limits of low-powered, semi-autonomous robotic dexterity, running repeated iterations of tests that require precision actuation, computer vision, and force-torque sensors. A robotic arm will perform simple tasks such as toggling switches, twisting objects, and opening/closing velcro flaps as one might while refueling a satellite on-orbit. Our experiment evaluates the impacts of extended use in extreme conditions (such as traditional lubricants evaporating in low-pressure environments, surviving direct and uninterrupted sunlight, while controlling heating/cooling in the absence of convecting atmosphere.) Over the duration of the flight we will measure any degradation in performance, response time, and accuracy. We will also test efficacy of computer-vision, both for autonomy as well as for closed-loop feedback during operation.