Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence Workshop

Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence - Part II

July 11 - 13, 2017
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Overview:

The first workshop on Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence (October 3-7, 2016) was designed to:

  1. initiate a discussion of the penalties imposed on telerobotic scientific research on planetary surfaces by long communication delays (high latency) and limited information flow (low bandwidth); and
  2. imagine new telerobotic research modalities that feature the use of low-latency, high-bandwidth strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of telerobotic science.

Much of the first workshop explored how planetary field science has been done in the past, what recent advances have been made in low-latency telerobotics in other domains (e.g., surgery), and what kinds of planetary surface science might most benefit from low-latency, high-bandwidth science by telepresence (SBT). SBT may be particularly advantageous for three kinds of planetary field science.

  1. It may be the only way to do the highest-quality field science in environments which are so extreme that presently available technology will not offer suitable protection for on-site astronauts.
  2. It may be necessary to do research on transient events (e.g., cryovolcanic eruptions, or atmospheric phenomena such as dust devils), the timescales of which preclude effective study by high-latency telerobotics.
  3. SBT may permit more effective teleoperation of multiple, geographically distributed robotic assets on a planetary surface, enabling rapid, large-scale reconnaissance which could guide more detailed future research. 

In this second workshop, we will focus on the conceptualization of specific research projects that would address existing knowledge gaps regarding the development of advanced telerobotic assets and science operations protocols specifically for SBT. Building on these concepts, were expect to identify opportunities for SBT investment from NASA and other key governmental and private stakeholders.  Ultimately, our final report will outline the value of SBT and recommend strategies for its use to enhance planetary field science.

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Lodging for out-of-town attendees

There are a number of hotels (4 pages pdf, 143KB) that are close to the Caltech campus where we have a negotiated rate. (Please note that this negotiated rate does not guarantee you the lowest rate as there may be internet specials or AAA rates that may be better.)

Please note that with enough notice, you can reserve rooms for attendees at the Athenaeum, which has been recognized as a Platinum Club of America. Newly refurbished, it is conveniently located on the Caltech Campus. Contact Janet Seid if you would like to check the availability of this option.

Visa Requirements

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Parking (for Visitors and for JPL Personnel)

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

For JPL Personnel: JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office. Employees who do not have on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a hang tag created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-108B, 9/80 schedule). Please park in the outdoor parking lot located on Michigan Avenue in an unmarked spot.

Maps and General Information on Pasadena

Directions and Maps

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