FMS program management has been a peculiar challenge for many years. A new patent is generated, each time a new group considers the problem. Solving the space robotic FMS problem needs a single, long term focus. The technical problems are substantial, but the requirement seems easy - any mechanical engineer can get their head around it
There are three components to our virtual boss FMS project.
- Technology Development Plan. It has been updated once, based on some technical 'discoveries'. The updated Technology Development Plan was done on the assumption that we would obtain significant funding - which we have not - YET.
- The monthly reporting system. most recent monthly report
- Progress, as shown in rolled up GANTT chart. The schedule shows that we should have been 50% done by now - 4 years was our estimated time to complete. And we are not there. But we have been spending at less than 10% of our planned rate.
There are 2 application for a space robotic force moment sensor. One is for autonomous operations - ie, no human in the loop. The other is as an assist to an astronaut maneuvering a large payload. One example of a difficult challenge for a human operator would be to try and clean windows - some force, but not too much.
We recognized the human machine interface (hmi) problem of expecting an astronaut to utilize 6 dof force data, usefully, in real time. So we've developed a simulation of the audio portion of a means of intuitively providing the data.
Try it out by downloading HMI Sim. Our only 'commercial' product started from the HMI sim. Our vestibulator Product, originated as a means of improving the hmi audio experience for sounds which are coming from behind a users head - the cone of confusion. We now sell the vestibulator as a stand alone research device to some pretty prestigeous customers