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Robot Helper Design Challenge

Lochmere Academy - Homeschool: Ms. Eichhorn's students

 Kyle Giffin, Ryan, Luke, & Debra
B.O.T.-1000 (Big Operating Torso)

What should the robot buddy look like?
B.O.T.-1000 has a 4 foot sphere as its torso and a 1 foot sphere as its
head. It will have 3 arms on the torso controlled by an artificial
intelligence chip located in the head. The arms are for picking up items
and handling tools for repairs. B.O.T. -1000 will also have 3 legs with
magnetic feet located near the bottom of the torso that are to keep the robot attached to the ISS. The legs and feet are part of the recharging cycle controlled by the computer chip in the head. In-between the arms are utility boxes for the storage of parts used for installation and repair by B.O.T.-1000. The head can turn 360 degrees. Our Bot is strictly an outside Robot used for outdoor repairs & installation.

How will it get around?
The motion in a micro-gravity environment is different from an Earth surface environment because on Earth the gravity is friction for a moving object but in space there is no friction. So anything in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by a stronger force.

B.O.T.-1000 will get around by an air compressor which powers the air
jets. There is a jetpack on the back side of the bot. There are air
correction jets on the front side of the bot for braking and directional
changes. B.O.T.-1000 will avoid objects is through the 3 cameras on the head. The cameras will detect the objects and it will be able to maneuver around the object(s).

How will you talk to it
B.O.T.-1000 has a programmable C.P.U. by which the astronauts can program what to do and it will carry out the task. It has an antenna where the astronauts can send it messages from inside the shuttle and it will be able to send information back. It will not be able to obey and reply to voice commands directly. The robot has an artificial intelligence chip that will allow it to make decisions on its own.

What could it do for you? What could it do for the astronauts on the ISS?
B.O.T.-1000 could help with repairs on the ISS and it could be programmed to do repairs without sending an astronaut to assist in the repairs. It could also help with the instillation of new chambers of the ISS. It could be programmed to run daily checks of the hull of the ISS. If something where to happen to the ISS (damage due to small debris, etc.), you would be able to send out B.O.T.-1000 to repair the damage quickly without waiting for an astronaut.

How will you know your robot from the others?
Our robot is unique from the others because of its name and shape. Its name, B.O.T.-1000, stands for Big Operating Torso and that's just what it looks like.

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