Telerobotic Remote Handling of Protein Crystals via an Internet Link

Venema, S.C. and Hannaford, B. (2002) Telerobotic Remote Handling of Protein Crystals via an Internet Link. In: Beyond Webcams, An Introduction to Online Robots. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

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A combined University / Industry team has developed a prototype system for handling protein crystals aboard the space station. The system used a miniature direct drive robot, CCD television cameras, and a client-server computing system using internet protocols to support the capture of protein crystals from aqueous growth solutions. The system was demonstrated between Huntsville AL. and Seattle WA. An operator in Huntsville controlled the mini robot by invoking pre-defined relative and absolute macros. The movement macros (a predefined sequence of multi-device movement commands) were developed to support precision motion between task locations in the glovebox. The oper-ator invoked the macros by clicking icons in the remote control interface. The system is a promising start for the development of a space-station based remote protein crystal analysis facility.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Teleoperation > B Teleoperation (General)
Divisions: Department of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Margaret Thompson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 23:32
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 23:32

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