Advertisements

Tunxis Student’s Help NASA

Sanabria is shown with ABB’s YuMi on screen, the collaborative robot the team used as part of their research. Photo (c) Tunxis Community College

Sanabria is shown with ABB’s YuMi on screen, the collaborative robot the team used as part of their research. Photo (c) Tunxis Community College

The goal of the project was to use virtual reality technology to teleoperate a robot that would conduct maintenance or repair jobs on a rover either by itself or with a human on earth or in space.

The engineering science major collaborated with Ryan Mecham, a student from Central Connecticut State University who was also selected for the research under the direction of Haoyu Wang, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor of robotics and mechatronics engineering technology at Central.

The two students worked on hardware and software systems that would potentially enable someone to simulate and teleoperate the robot maintenance/repair processes through wearable virtual reality (VR) equipment. In their research, they had to run VR inputs through a computer they developed to recreate movement from person to robot, and run simulations.

“We custom built a computer, modify open source software, deal with technical issues, learned new software and technologies and consulted with research scientists as we worked with the collaborative robot,” Sanabria said of the 12-week project that was completed with limited resources.

Teleoperating robots for repairs has potential to dramatically increase the life span of rovers, according to Wang. The technology also enables astronauts to operate robots from the inside of a space craft, which reduces the risks of having multiple astronauts spacewalk at the same time.

“To think that two college students did the same work that a whole research department would accomplish is amazing,” Sanabria continued. “We made a lot of progress, and were successful in moving and controlling the robot,” he added. The team would like to further expand on their work to develop different movements the robot would need to perform to repair equipment. Sanabria said the coding they have finished has many different possibilities for robotic use.

Sanabria, Mecham and Wang will give a presentation on October 14 at Pratt & Whitney during the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Expo and hope to present at the IEEE Conference at MIT in November. They are also demonstrating the technology to a company that is interested.

“We extend our congratulations to David and the whole research team for successfully finishing this ambitious project,” Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.  “It’s exciting to think about the new possibilities these students have potentially created for our space program and future technologies.”

“The research has given me a much better understanding of the skills and knowledge that I will need to acquire for a better and richer career,” said Sanabria.

After finishing the research, Sanabria resumed an internship at New England Airfoil Products, where he learned to design and manufacture airfoil blades for turbine engines. He is finishing his last semester at Tunxis this fall and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Located in Farmington, Tunxis Community College offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, including five associate degrees with engineering and technology emphases, and certificates in lean manufacturing and computer aided design. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.773.1300, or visit tunxis.edu.

Advertisements

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

A busy start to Memorial Day weekend at Hammonasset Beach

A busy start to Memorial Day weekend at Hammonasset Beach

MADISON — Many people took advantage of the beautiful weather and got a head start on their Memorial Day weekend at Hammonasset Beach Friday. All 550 spots at the campgrounds were occupied. The turnout could be a sign of a very busy Memorial Day weekend. “We wanted to come to the beach to enjoy the weather,” said Wesleyan University Senior Maeve Vitale. For kids like Makhi Hoover of New Haven, it is the best way to kick off the holiday […]

Ex-convict graduates college with high honors, lands dream job

Ex-convict graduates college with high honors, lands dream job

HARTFORD — An ex-convict found himself in prison for more than a decade for a crime he committed at a young age. On Thursday evening, 31-year-old Jose Negron, of Hartford, graduated Quinebaug Valley Community College with high honors. At 16-years old, he committed a crime and was arrested after he hung out with people of who he thought were his friends. For the first few years behind bars, he said he still did not know what he did wrong until certain […]

Cannabis oil stopped his seizures but may keep him from his football dream

Cannabis oil stopped his seizures but may keep him from his football dream

WARNER ROBINS, GA — A high school football player who takes cannabis oil to prevent his seizures has been ruled ineligible to play in college, a decision that has sparked outrage from advocates, lawmakers and sports fans. A former Big Ten Coach of the Year sharply criticized the decision, saying “it’s not fair to the kid” and urging the NCAA to reconsider. C.J. Harris, a standout strong safety, helped lead Warner Robins High School to the Georgia state championship game […]

9 years later, son finds letter with heartwarming revelation

9 years later, son finds letter with heartwarming revelation

A kind gesture has struck a chord on the internet. Nearly a decade ago, Jacques Ruffin was given the gift of music, but didn’t know it at the time, reports MNN. Recently Ruffin, now 21, was cleaning out a hallway closet and found a letter from James Jones, owner of Allegro Music Centre in Florida, to Ruffin’s mother. Dated Dec. 17, 2009, the letter said that the store owner was forgiving the mother’s debt on the trumpet she had been renting […]