METERON (Multipurpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network)

The Directorate of Technical and Quality Management is the payload developer for METERON.

METERON = Multi-Purpose End-To-End Robotic Operation Network –
An experiment & architecture to validate future human-robotic mission operations concepts from space, using the ISS.
METERON is an ESA led international space project for advanced telerobotics technology demonstration involving the International Space Station.

METERON is targeted at validating autonomous and real-time telerobotic operations from space to ground. METERON will provide answers to how future exploration mission scenarios need to be designed, if crew is located in a planetary orbit (Moon, Mars, Asteroid, etc..) and robots must be controlled a planet or celestial body. To test various scenarios and to validate the related technologies, robots on Earth will be controlled from the interior of the International Space Station (ISS) during the METERON project. Control devices will be force reflecting joysticks and arm exoskeletons.

The microgravity environment of the International Space Station is key for researching the behaviour of haptic teleoperation in space.
Primary goals

    • Technology Validation (advanced mechatronics & wearable haptic devices)
    • Telepresence in space (-µG) environment (> 20 ms to supervised autonomy)
    • Human-Robot Interaction in highly constrained environments
    • Inter-operability of groups of robots and control devices
    • End-To-End Mission simulation
    • Real-time (~ ms) mission operations
    • Disruption/Delay Tolerant Networking
    • New communications approaches

The METERON Project
The METERON Project
METERON is being carried out in partnership with DLR (Institute of Robotics & Mechatronics), NASA (Johnson Space Centre, AMES Research Centre, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Roscosmos with Russian partners (RTC Institute St. Petersburg, Energia).

Our Laboratory is responsible for the definition, implementation and conducting of the robotics experiments overall and in particular for the development of the exoskeleton and the METERON on-board robotic control station.
Last update: 21 November 2012

More information

 •  Robotics mission content (pdf) ( 2/03_schiele.pdf)
 •  Payload User Centre - BUSOC (

In the media

 •  Wired Science - Lego Mindstorms-built Mocup robot (
 •  Scientific American - Driving a robot from Space Station (


 •  METERON on YouTube (


 •  METERON Robotics Principal Investigator (