General Description: The NASA Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week resident summer internship for students specifically interested in robotics. Students who have previously participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition, Botball, or have taken active interest in robotics in demonstrable ways are given priority. Participants are assigned to a team project sponsored by NASA/MSFC, local industry, or academic institution (2-3 students per project). In addition to direct guidance from the Principal Investigator (PI) who sponsored the project, an advanced robotic student is assigned as team lead to guide interns and manage the project on a daily basis. The interns and team leads participate in enriching activities such as a group project, lectures, field trips, and meetings with leaders in the field. Students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation services.
Research Projects: 1). Surface Mobility Systems - The Surface Mobility Systems project at the Marshall Space Flight Center is focused at the identification and development of key technologies for future surface mobility systems used for planetary exploration. This research addresses infrastructure and systems engineering issues that will be required to implement surface mobility technology and to systematically expand these systems. The current technology test bed includes 4 pathfinder-class mobility platforms and 1 LRV-class system. On-going research has focused on coordinated control, sensor-based automation, communications, navigation, hazard avoidance, data collection, interpretation and display. 2). Automatic Rendezvous and Docking - This research involves the determination of methods/techniques which will provide position and orientation information for an autonomous, three-degree-of-freedom spacecraft simulator (air sled) with respect to a stationary target. The team will select, implement, test and optimize the methods/techniques chosen. The research includes optimization of the visual sensor location on the air sled as well as the target configuration/orientation with respect to the air sled. Autonomous control of the air sled will be tested in the Flight Robotics Laboratory.
Duration: 10 Weeks
Dates: June 2 through August 8, 2008.
Location: Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
Application Deadline: Due dates are established at
Source : Marshal Space Flight Center