17-19 February 2015
Rydges Lakeland Resort
Queenstown
New Zealand


Invited Speaker - Mehran Sarkarati

How to Plug-in Your Rover into a Space Mission to Moon or Mars

Mehran Sarkarati
Head Application and Special Projects Section
ESA – European Space Agency
ESOC / HSO-GDA
Robert-Bosch-Str. 5
64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Email: Mehran.Sarkarati@esa.int

 

Synopsis

The presentation will elaborate on the concept of standardised Telerobotic Services and their role in collaborative Robotic operation scenarios. It will discuss the advantages and the challenges involved in abstracting from proprietary hardware and software interfaces of diverse Robotic systems. The importance of specifying the subject services in an implementation and communication agnostic manner for achieving interoperability without enforcing a particular technology will be highlighted. The example of the METERON Robotic Services will be used to put these concepts in the context of future human-robotic space mission scenarios. For this purpose, the presentation will provide an overview of the work, performed in this area by the European Space Agency, in the context of the METERON project, its current status and some lessons learnt.
The METERON Robotic Services have been successfully validated as part of the METERON OPSCOM-2 experiment in August 2014, during which an ESA astronaut monitored and controlled from the International Space Station (ISS) a car-size rover on the ground via the Delay Tolerant Network (DTN), while the same service interfaces were used on the ground via a different communication protocol to perform distributed monitoring of the activities. The presentation will conclude with reference to the on-going activities at multi-agency level in the frame of the Telerobotics working group of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS).

Speaker Biography

Dr. Mehran Sarkarati is Head of Application and Special Projects section at the Ground System Engineering department of the European Space Agency, ESA. Mehran has studied at Berlin University of Technology (TU-Berlin) and Arizona State University (ASU) in the context of a student exchange programme. He has graduated with a M.Sc. and a subsequent Ph.D degree in the field of Aerospace Engineering and a second M.Sc. degree in Computing Sciences from TU-Berlin. He started his carrier at the European Space Agency, ESA, in 2004 at the European Space Technology and Research Centre in the Netherlands, moving in 2007 to European Space Operations Centre ESOC. During the last ten years, Mehran has worked at ESA on different subjects, including science planning for planetary missions, simulations, monitoring and control systems for satellite and Robotics. Before joining ESA, he has worked on satellite attitude control systems and development of ground data systems at the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), Computer-Aided Design and assembly of jet engines at BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines and simulation of aircraft subsystem for Airbus A380 aircraft. Mehran has an interest in introducing modern software and system engineering paradigms to the ground systems domain of space missions. He has led a number of related industrial activities in the areas of agile software development, service oriented architectures and cloud computing in the past years. He is also active in the standardisation domain, as a member of the Telerobotics and Spacecraft Monitoring and Control working groups of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems and the co-chair of the ESA agile software development working group. Since 2010, Mehran has led in his role as the Data System Manager of the METERON project, the development of software systems for system level monitoring and control of METERON Robotic experiments, which is the context of his talk at ICARA.

Organised and Sponsored by

Technical Co-Sponsors

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

IEEE NZ Central Section

IEEE NZ Central Section

New Zealand Robotics,
Automation and
Sensing (NZRAS)
(http://nzras.org.nz/)