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Multimode Proximity Operations Device



MPOD, an SSL robot, works colaboratively with a lab member to repair the Hubble Space Telescope during a lab simulation.

Full 6DOF motion base
Full state feedback through acoustic-based
  sensor system
Probe-drogue docking system
On-board cockpit for direct flight control

Past achievements:

    - comparison of onboard and remote
    - control of free-flying vehicles
    - demonstration of Astronaut Support
    - vehicle concept
    - full 6DOF closed-loop control
    - autonomous approach and docking
    - test application of adaptive neural
      network control  system


Lead engineer for MPOD: Glen Henshaw

 


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