Dexterous miniature in vivo surgical robot for long duration space flight

Nathan A. Wood, Amy Lehman, Jason Dumpert, Dmitry Oleynikov, Shane M. Farritor

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Long duration human space exploration will require the capabilities to perform surgery in emergency situations. Robotic and telerobotic surgical capabilities may be of significant use in improving medical care in remote and harsh environments, such as space, where minimally invasive surgery (MIS) can significantly reduce surgical risk. Surgical robots developed for MIS, while successful in the operating room, remain large, expensive, and require significant support personnel making them ineffectual in space exploration. In vivo surgical robots that function entirely inside the patient, have been shown to be effective as assistants in MIS, but were previously unable to perform surgical interventions. This paper presents a dexterous in vivo surgical robot that possesses the potential to perform teleoperated minimally invasive procedures. This potential is well suited for space exploration as the in vivo approach limits the size of the robot as compared to existing surgical robotic technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace 2008 Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781563479465
StatePublished - 2008
EventSpace 2008 Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2008Sep 11 2008

Publication series

NameSpace 2008 Conference


ConferenceSpace 2008 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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