Micro-Gravity Tele-Presence Onboard Device
(µG telePOD)

In January of 1997 we participated in the NASA Microgravity Technology Workshop at the National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling WV.

Among the solutions we proposed was a small telepresence robot which would allow researchers on the ground to assist astronauts on the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. A July 1997 version of this whitepaper embodies our basic concepts. (The current whitepaper includes additional ISS-specific details.)

We have a long history of promoting our ideas with many people at a number of NASA centers including NASA Ames.

Gregg Podnar
Senior Research Engineer
gwp @ cmu.edu

Mel Siegel
Senior Research Scientist
mws @ cmu.edu

Carnegie-Mellon University
The Robotics Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213