On July 28th 2014, 23:47 UTC, the European Space Agency launched the Haptics-1 Kit to the International Space Station (ISS) on its last Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV-5. The Kit reached the station two weeks later, marking the first haptic master device to enter the ISS. The first force-feedback and human perceptual motor performance tests started to take place on December 30th 2014, and are the first of their kind in the history of spaceflight. Three astronauts participated in the Haptics-1 experiment until November 2015, allowing the investigation of the effects of microgravity on various psycho-motor performance metrics related with the usage of haptic feedback. Experiments are conducted following full adaptation to the space environment (after 3 months in space). This paper introduces the Haptics-1 experiment and associated hardware. Detailed experimental results are reported from a first stiffness just noticeable difference (JND) experimental study in space, carried out on the ISS and pre-flight on ground with 3 astronauts. The first findings from the experiment show no major alterations in-flight, when compared to on-ground data, if the manipulandum is secured in flight against a sufficiently stiff reference structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics: Perception, Devices, Control and Applications -
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Eurohaptics 2016 - Part 1
EditorsF. Bello, H. Kajimoto, Y. Visell
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-331942320-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications, EuroHaptics 2016 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20167 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference10th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications, EuroHaptics 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Haptics, Just noticeable difference (JND), Micro gravity, Space, Stiffness discrimination

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