Portland Area Robotics Society

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2008, 10:30AM 


1.     Welcome

2.  Presentation

            Ken Friberg -Robots in Space

3.  Review Highlights from Botfest ’08 and Outdoor Fest ‘08 

4.  Parts Direction

5.      Show and Tell



Robots in Space – Kenneth H. Friberg

Experience:       NASA/JPL - 15 Years

Hughes/Boeing Space Systems - 5 Years

Friberg Autonomy – Started 2008


            Authors E-mail - Friberg.Autonomy@gmail.com

            Authors Website – http://fribergautonomy.com


·       What is a Robot – How satellites fit the definition and characteristics of a robot.

·       History of US satellites

·       Project Galileo

Link:     http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/

·       TDRS H,I,J – Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Link:     http://msp.gsfc.nasa.gov/tdrss/oview.html


·       NASA/Dawn – Mission to Asteroid Vesta and Dwarf Planet Ceres

Link:     http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/

·       Cassini Orbiter

Link:     http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm

o       Mission details

o       Design Details

o       Design Challenges

·       How do you build a satellite?

o       General list of activities for the entire project

o       A Day in the life of a satellite designer

·       Pictures from Cassini

Link:     http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/index.cfm

·       Want to Help? – Join the Planetary Society

o       http://www.planetary.org

Highlights from BotFest ’08 and Outdoor Challenge ‘08

Topic was postponed for a future meeting. 


In the meantime, please visit www.portlandrobotics.org for details

Show and Tell

Daryl Sandberg – Sphere Balancing Robot


Robert F. Scheer – Printed Bootstrap Robot – Stay Tuned…….


Dale Weber – W.A.L.T.E.R. – Deployment Platform for smaller robots


Donald Delmar Davis - Bare Bones Arduino / Atmel USB / MAC Camera Application