Network for Exploration Space Science - Undergraduate Research
The Network for Exploration and Space Science (NESS) is a team of both universities and industry partners that is part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The group that I am a part of, within this NESS team, focuses on surface exploration telerobotics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our group consists of a couple of undergrad and grad students along with professors with focus of interest. Specifically, we are working on creating a simulation of teleoperated assembly of radio telescopes on the far side of the Moon. Our work here will help to develop an experiment to demonstrate human and robotic interactions. My job within this group is to maintain the electrical and software components of the robotic arm and rover system we call “Armstrong”. In particular, I am designing a simple user interface to control Armstrong remotely. Interest for this process started with our head of the group, Jack Burns. His interest in pursuing science on the lunar far side has been evident for a while. An example of our current focus is shown here.