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Collaborating With NASA in 1973

1970s
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Mrs. Celeste Thompson demonstrates a multi-channel proportional control unit developed for NASA.

Mrs. Celeste Thompson of Los Angeles, who developed a severe case of Poliomyelitis at 19 years of age, visited Capitol Hill to demonstrate a multi-channel proportional control unit developed for use in the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Teleoperator-Manipulator Program by Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Applications for this control unit can be adapted for artificial arms with powered hook and for victims with paralyzed arms such as Mrs. Thompson. It can also be used in industry wherever remote manipulators, such as AEC operations, or for any hazardous operation. This proportional control system is a part of NASA’s Technology Utilization program. (March 20, 1973)

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