|ASCAN Basic Training Report, November
This is the November training primary activity report of NASDA's(JAXA's) astronaut
During the last half of November, ASCANs received training on a Robot Arm
at John H. Chapman Space Center of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) located
in Quebec, Canada. CSA has advanced technology in the robotics field and
developed the robot arm for the International Space Station. NASDA's(JAXA's)
ASCANs received training to acquire basic knowledge and techniques needed
to operate the ISS robot arm and the robot arm on the Japanese Experiment
||Robotics training at Canadian Space Agency|
Our ASCANs were the first to receive this training. They listened to lectures
on the robot arm summary including robot arm history and types, dynamics,
controlling structure and robot arm operation in general, as well as camera
operation needed for robot arm operation. The training was conducted using
the various facilities shown below.
After they finished the course, they received course certificates from
the administrator of CSA.
||BORIS (Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System)
||The Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System (BORIS)
is a robot arm operation training simulator utilizing computer graphics.
The trainee can operate the robot arm using a hand controller and camera.
The ASCANs participated in the training by operating the robot arm in the
virtual world inside the simulator called "spaceport."|
||CART(CSA Automated Robotics Testbed)
||The CSA Automated Robotics Testbed(CART) is a two-arm
robot with a total length of 2.5m and is used for robot arm technology
research. In addition to the computer graphics simulator, the ASCANs used
this actual robot arm and could further improve their operation skills.
They experienced writing letters with a pen attached to the robot arm end.
||VOTE(Virtual Reality Operation Training Environment)
||The Virtual Reality Operation Training Environment (VOTE)
is a training facility utilizing virtual reality. By walking around inside
the room wearing a head-mounted display, trainees can experience a virtual
reality of walking inside the spaceport. Since the robot arm will be located
in space, you can never reach it. However using this facility, they could
observe the features of the arm action.|
||Learning utilizing model robot
||CSA Automated Robotics Testbed
Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System (BORIS)
||ASCANs and instructors|
|Training certification transfer
(with live-size Canadian robot arm in the back ground)|
The ASCANs experienced computer software "UNIX" operations hands-on
training at Tsukuba Space Center, as part of the computer technology summary.
UNIX is a highly reliable operating system that has been used for a long
time. It is applied for workstations and for some high-performance personal
computers. Almost 80% of the computers used in the international space
station adopt UNIX. During normal daily operations, astronauts will not
have to operate UNIX. However, since they may have to operate UNIX during
contingencies and since UNIX knowledge is useful for understanding computer
technology, they were scheduled to learn how to use it.
||Learning UNIX operations|
By operating the terminal devices (PCs), they learned UNIX basic operations
and system management.
We will not publish a December training report, but will resume in January.
Last updated: December 26,2000