Following the recent successes in the Arizona
desert, the Athlete
team from JPL came to Johnson Space Center for two days of follow up cooperative
expermiments with Robonaut.
After the Athlete team's arrival, personnel
from both groups began to set up temporary camps at the JSC 'mars
yard'. The command and garage trailers from the desert were re-deployed
and set up for use by the teams and the wireless communications
were tested. Both robots completed their systems checkouts easily
in spite of the cold conditions (low 30's, high winds).
at the rock yard
and Robonaut on the hill top
ATHLETE flexes for the camera
Teams started at 7am in the
cold morning air. The coordinated demo included ATHLETE drilling
an auger-anchor into the top of the hill, then Robonaut attaching
the tether-hook safety line to the anchor ring. After lunch the
teams moved from the Mars hill to the lunar surface simulation area
and continued practice runs.
deploys its anchor
attaches ATHLETE's tether line to the anchor
from the mobile trailer
of tether hook on anchor