SpaceBot Stereo Vision

2015 Challenge

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    Zero Robotics is a robotics challenge where students have the opportunity to utilize the International Space Station as a laboratory to test programming codes from the ground using Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The program, led by MIT, is aimed at engaging students in innovative, complementary learning opportunities, as well as increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NASA joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the European Space Agency, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and IT consulting firm Appirio in hosting the live microgravity competition. NASA’s SPHERES program – Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites -- consist of three free flying vehicles inside the International Space Station identifiable by their shell colors of Red, Blue, and Orange. Initially the SPHERES were designed for testing of control theory algorithms. The Satellites are about the size and mass of a bowling ball and use cold gas thrusters (CO2) to propel the vehicles around a fixed experimental volume. The SPHERES program currently operates out of the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM) inside Station. SPHERES uses ultrasound beacons as a metrology system to identify its position in conjunction with accelerometers, and gyroscopes.


    SpaceBots on the International Space Station see in stereo vision. We have data to prove it – based on the NASA and MIT Zero Robotics programming competition that starts online with teams programming a space bot (called SPHERES) to solve problems onboard the International Space Station. An astronaut conducts the competition in zero g with a live broadcast for viewers back home on planet Earth. We want you to apply “stereo vision” data from space to help us see the world in new ways. Use the data output from this challenge to create a new point of view for how we see the world. You can create a data dashboard, visualization, infographic, app, software tools, or your own Earth-based robot.


    • Apply stereo vision data from space in new ways.
    • Use the data output from this challenge to create a data dashboard, visualization, infographic, app, software tools, or your own Earth-based robot.
    • You choose what data to use and how to apply it for your own creative output.

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