Ranger NBV Assembles EASE Beams from RMS
The successfull assembly of EASE beams by Ranger NBV while using the Shuttle RMS for coarse positioning demonstrates the capability of robotic systems to perform precision tasks while being stabilized by a large manipulator.

For descriptions of tasks already performed by Ranger NBV go to the operations page.


In the future the demand for space operations is projected to increase dramatically, requiring the development of innovative methods for accomplishing work in space. One method under consideration to meet this demand is the use of robotic systems, with capabilities ranging from simple teleoperation to complete autonomy. The Ranger Neutral Buoyancy Vehicle is designed to demonstrate the ability of a free flying telerobotic system to perform many required operational tasks including EVA worksite preparation, on-orbit refueling, instrumentation package replacement, and deployment of failed mechanisms such as antennae and solar arrays. By combining current robotic technology with a free-flying spacecraft bus, Ranger embodies a new class of highly capable space vehicles that will help meet the demand for future space operations.

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