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Monthly Report for Space Robotic FMS PreCommercialization Development August 31, 2021

Summary

A few updates to detailed report, on the issues of data input files. Some discussions with potential development associates.

Specification

No change.

Design

No change.

Analysis

No change.

Software Simulation

s/w version 2.0 released; though not online yet

Breadboard Manufacturing

no change

Breadboard Testing

no new testing

Plans for September .

Planning for steps for next development

What's so tough?

Temperature Lack of atmosphere drives temperatures to be either hot in sun or cold in shade. Robots are for moving things around, so they go into and out of shade repeatedly.

Force not directly measureable. It can be inferred from strain or deflection. Such measures are affected by thermal distorsion.

Large dynamic range linear vs rotation forces. Long robot arms and the need to capture 'free flyers' generates large rotational forces.

High Stiffness A high stiffness requirement, makes measurement of strain or deflection more difficult to isolate from thermal distorsion.

Drift Space operations tend to be slow - often taken over a period of hours.

6 dof It is important to distinguish all 6 degrees of force measurement, but the shear and moment loading cases can produce difficult to distinguish effects