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Open Robotics creating Area ROS with Blue Origin, NASA

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Open Robotics is working with Blue Origin, the sub-orbital spaceflight firm based by Jeff Bezos, and NASA on Area ROS. Area ROS is a model of ROS 2 meant to fulfill verification and validation necessities aerospace software program should meet earlier than being utilized in a mission.

The Robotic Working System (ROS) been utilized in house actions for over a decade now. Its use started at ROSCon 2012, the place NASA introduced its use of ROS within the Robonaut 2 (R2) humanoid robotic. NASA switched R2’s software program over to ROS and used Gazebo, Open Robotics’ 3D robotics simulator, to construct a mannequin of the robotic and the Worldwide Area Station (ISS).

By 2014, R2, and its ROS-based software program, was up and working on the ISS. This was the primary confirmed use of ROS in house.

When NASA began engaged on its subsequent robotic, Robonaut 5 (R5), additionally referred to as Valkyrie, it used ROS from the start. It additionally continued to make use of Gazebo for testing and growth of the robotic. R5 later competing within the DARPA Robotics Problem.

In 2015, NASA held the primary Area Robotics Problem (SRC), a digital competitors to advance robotic software program and autonomous capabilities for house exploration missions. For the SRC, groups have been challenged to simulate R5 doing habitat preparation duties. The winner of the competitors, Coordinated Robotics, was capable of switch his code from simulation to actual robotic {hardware} in at some point.

Astrobee aboard the ISS. | Supply: NASA

Brian Gerkey, co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics, is keynoting our Robotics Summit & Expo, which takes place Could 10-11 in Boston. His discuss, referred to as “Robotics Wants a Babelfish: The Skinny on Robotic Interoperability,” will focus on how firms are addressing interoperability, and what choices can be found to distributors, finish customers, and integrators. Attendees will study concerning the historical past of Open-RMF (Robotics Middleware Framework), finest practices for a number of vendor robotic interoperability, and future interoperability tendencies.

NASA makes use of ROS in different house robots equivalent to Astrobee, the free-flying successor to SPHERES. A number of Astrobees are at work contained in the ISS.

At the moment, NASA and Open Robotics are engaged on the VIPER program. The purpose of VIPER is to ship a cellular robotic to the South Pole of the Moon in 2023. ROS 2 shall be within the management loop for the rover.

Blue Origin lately acquired Honeybee Robotics for an undisclosed quantity. The deal is predicted to shut in mid-February, and Honeybee Robotics will turn out to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Origin.



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