In September 2007, in collaboration with surgeons from the University of Cincinatti, a team of researchers from SRI International and Force Dimension evaluated the benefits of robotic surgery on air and space flights by performing incision and suturing tasks aboard a NASA C-9 aircraft. Through 240 parabolic flights scheduled over 4 days, the aircraft simulated the microgravity of space and variable gravity of military critical care air transport. An experimental setup composed of a surgical robot manipulator M7 (SRI) and two omega.7 force feedback interfaces were programmed to compensate for errors in movement which occurred in moments of turbulence and transition in gravity. These experiments also demonstrated the extraordinary capabilities of the omega.7 in extreme environment conditions.


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