Astrobee Robot Software
Astrobee is a free-flying robot designed to operate as a payload inside the International Space Station (ISS). The Astrobee Robot Software consists of embedded (on-board) software, supporting tools and a simulator. The Astrobee Robot Software operates on Astrobee's three internal single board computers and uses the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) framework as message-passing middleware. The Astrobee Robot Software performs vision-based localization, provides autonomous navigation, docking and perching, manages various sensors and actuators, and supports user interaction via screen-based displays, light signaling, and sound. The Astrobee Robot Software enables Astrobee to be operated in multiple modes: plan-based task execution (command sequencing), teleoperation, or autonomously through execution of hosted code uploaded by project partners (guest science). The software simulator enables Astrobee Robot Software to be evaluated without the need for robot hardware.
This repository provides flight software and a simulator, both primarily written
in C++. The repository also provides several other utilities, including a tool
for creating maps for localization. A separate repository,
astrobee_android, contains the
Java API, which uses the ROS messaging system to communicate with flight
The Astrobee Robot Software is in a beta stage. This means that some features are incomplete, and extensive changes can be expected. Please consult the release for the current list of features and limitations.
To install and use astrobee, please see the usage instructions.
The Astrobee Robot Software is open source, and we welcome contributions from the public. Please submit pull requests to the develop branch. For us to merge any pull requests, we must request that contributors sign and submit a Contributor License Agreement due to NASA legal requirements. Thank you for your understanding.
To view all the Astrobee documentation, please visit documentation.
If you want to perform research using the astrobee platform, a good tutorial guide is "A Brief Guide to Astrobee’s Flight Software". This will teach you what Astrobee is, how the robot works, how to make your own package, and much more!
If you are interested in guest science, please checkout the astrobee_android nasa github
project (if you followed the usage instructions, you should have checked this
out already). Once that is checked out, please see
located in the
Copyright (c) 2017, United States Government, as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All rights reserved.
The Astrobee platform is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.
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